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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-05

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-05

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-05The Warriors are a team with low expectations for the 2009-10 season. About the only thing experts project could go right is a fast start, and that's all based on the schedule.

Don Nelson could not have scripted a more ideal first nine games. Of course, it didn't seem to matter when the Warriors stumbled out of the gate, losing at home to an injury-plagued Houston team and then getting drubbed at Phoenix.

But the best was yet to come: Seven in a row against fellow 2008-09 doormats Memphis, the Clippers, Sacramento, Minnesota, Indiana, New York and Milwaukee.

The Warriors took their first step toward turning things around Wednesday night, erasing an early deficit en route to a comfortable, 113-105 home win over the Grizzlies. Next up: A visit from the Clippers.

No team was in more need of a win at this early stage than the Warriors. They entered the season with a demoted captain wanting out and their best player questioning his coach's game plan.

With morale already a problem, a losing streak could quickly snowball, and thus the importance placed upon Wednesday's game.

For one day, all is well. The disgruntled ex-captain had his best game, starting at power forward and outscoring a much bigger rival, Zach Randolph, 20-16.

It was the type of matchup Stephen Jackson hopes not to have to deal with if/when he ever joins a more traditional contender. But he dealt with it fine Wednesday, using his all-around skills to also contribute six assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

And the team star was even better. Monta Ellis found time for 12 assists on a night when he also poured in 24 points.

The best part was Ellis co-existed well with Stephen Curry in a two-little-man lineup Ellis claimed would never work. Despite battling foul trouble, Curry added nine assists to Ellis' dozen, the duo creating a ball movement that's critical to success on this potentially high-scoring team.

On a relatively warm night in Oakland, the snowball melted a bit. Bring on the Clippers.

WARRIORS 113, GRIZZLIES 105: The Warriors believe they have better depth than most teams in the NBA. They demonstrated their variety of weapons Wednesday, getting 20-plus points from four players en route to their first victory of the season. Starters Monta Ellis (24) and Stephen Jackson (20) joined backups Anthony Morrow (24) and Corey Maggette (20) to bomb the visitors from every direction, allowing the Warriors to win despite allowing their opponent to shoot 48.8 percent. Morrow was the difference-maker. After opening the season with 3-for-7 and 1-for-5 games, he poured in 10 of his 12 shots, including all four of his three-point attempts, to nearly double his 14-point contribution in Golden State's two season-opening losses.

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