The Warriors retired Chris Mullin’s jersey tonight, leading to the longest halftime I can remember for a regular season NBA game. Or any NBA game. Apparently the Dubs crowd booed the owner, Joe Lacob, when he wouldn’t stop talking. And then apparently Rick Barry grabbed the mic and started lecturing the crowd a bit. Sounds like quite a zoo over in Oakland, these days. Pat could tell us more about it, I suppose.
In any case, the Wolves took control of this one early but lost Mike Beasley to what must have been an aggravation of his toe injury, and then lost Nikola Pekovic to what must have been an aggravation of his ankle sprain. The game got pretty intense in the second half, with Kevin Love grinding out a hard-fought victory with his unparalleled effort on the glass blended in with some excellent shooting touch. When Beasley and Pekovic are removed from a lineup that dearly misses its playmaking point guard already, things get ugly FAST. As bad as these tanking Warriors are, they could have won this game with a bounce here or there.
Is there anything else to add? I suppose Anthony Tolliver deserves some props for regaining his shooting touch that left him months ago. AT chipped in 10 points on 4-5 shooting in 16 high-quality minutes off the bench. He knows Oracle well, and this must have been a homecoming of sorts for him.
Oh, and Kevin Love’s siblings took to Twitter, expressing their disdain for J.J. Barea. I’d guess the tweets will come down after big bro gives him a phone call, but here’s a gem from Collin Love:
“I hope he gets gang green and they amputate JJ Barea’s right arm. He shouldn’t be in the league.”
Season Record: 23-24
ADDENDUM: Friend of the blog and Bay Area native George N was at Oracle last night and witnessed the spectacle. Here’s hoping he weighs-in in the comments.