Golden State Warriors: Rivalry with Lob City in the Making?

January 5th, 2013 by Joe Davis Leave a reply »
I didn't plan to write about Wednesday's Clippers game, but that was before watching it. A lot happened, a lot didn't happen, and a lot will probably happen when the two teams face off again Saturday night.

All the stars were aligned for a Warriors win: the Clips were fresh off loss No. 1 since November, said loss had come the night before in the asthmatic experience that is Denver's Pepsi Center, and key Clipper veteran Caron Butler was a late scratch—not to mention the off-court distraction caused by the untimely death of their owner's son.

Yet, in the NBA (and pro sports as a whole) no victory is a given, as Warrior fans who remember the closing days of the Nellieball era can attest—you know, the days when Anthony Tolliver, Chris Hunter, Anthony Morrow and a washed-up Devean George contributed heavy minutes and yet Golden State still won occasionally.

(Side note: those were dark days. The 2010 Warriors were so injury-depleted and so desperate for bodies that Mikki Moore's return to health was celebrated nearly as much as Monta Ellis'. But I'm not here to talk about the past.)

In the end, the Warriors did beat the Clippers, ...

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