Golden State Warriors Breakdown: Circus Is Over But Clowns Remain

December 19th, 2009 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
Offensive talent throughout the roster? Speedy guards who can push the tempo? Talented isolation scorers? Quick-handed defenders who can generate steals?

The Golden State Warriors have the players tailored to executing Don Nelson’s run amok game plan. Therefore, after Golden State’s 118-109 home loss to the Washington Wizards, the problem isn’t with the players; it’s with the philosophy.

Less than five percent of Golden State’s shot attempts were taken after four or more passes were made in the half court. Instead, the Warriors were content to have the player bringing the ball up sprint into the frontcourt and jack up a shot, or make one pass to a player who then put up a shot attempt.

Specifically, the Warriors shot 10-22 for 20 points when the player who first caught or dribbled the ball in the frontcourt didn't make a pass. They shot 13-29 for 28 points when the player made one pass. That's 51 out of 83 shot attempts taken where no more than one pass was made on a possession, and that doesn't even take into account offensive putbacks (where the Warriors were 4-7 for 8 points).

Those 51 shot attempts led to 48 points for a rati ...

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