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GSW·2012-13| WEEK 6: Dec 2- 8, 2012 + Player Profiles

Postby Clutch on Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:17 am

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Welcome reader!

This will be a new 'old school' (Live 06) dynasty finally featuring my hometown Golden State Warriors and some serious franchise overhaulin'... we're talking a MAJOR enema, from the top exec down to the sweat-mop boy

Anyway, my goal is to have fun with it (realistic or not lol) and update as time permits - enjoy!

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Table of Contents

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Rosters - Current & Achived
Transactions/Player Movement
Awards & Benchmarks
Custom Mod CFs (Live 06)
Dynasty Prologue

NOTE: Contents listed 1) by year/season; 2) in reverse order ie., most recent entry on top, older ones scrolled down

2012-2013
11. Player Profiles: Warren & Edney
10. Week 6
9. Week 5
8. Week 4
7. Week 3
6. Week 2
5. Week 1
4. FLASH FWD - Part V
3. FLASH FWD - Part IV
2. FLASH FWD - Part III
1. FLASH FWD - Part I

2011-2012
47. Curry, Warriors Close 2011 On High Note
46. A King-Sized Comeback
45. TEAM PREVIEW - Cleveland Cavaliers
44. No Kidding Around For Defending Champs
43. Dazzling Durant Ends Warriors' Steak
42. Knicks In Town? No Problem
41. Bucks In Headlights, Azubuike's Driving
40. Miller Time At Oracle Stuns Warriors
39. TEAM PREVIEW - Chicago Bulls
38. Warriors' Jazzy Block Party Turns Ugly
37. Trouble By The Bay
36. Mowed Down In Motown
35. TEAM PREVIEW - Detroit Pistons
34. Hot Start, Cool Finish As Warriors Overcome Heat
33. TEAM PREVIEW - Miami Heat
32. Warriors Choke On Extra Mayo
31. The Giles Files, Part II
30. Meal Ticket Magnificence Takes OKC
29. Thunder, Clippers Agree To Deal
28. OT Thriller In Wild West Shootout
27. TEAM PREVIEW - Dallas Mavericks
26. No Noah? No Problem Clipping LA
25. TEAM PREVIEW - Los Angeles Clippers + Noah Injury
24. Warriors Pull Through In Grudge Match
23. TEAM PREVIEW - San Antonio Spurs + CLE/CHI Trade
22. Classic Carter, Warriors Win
21. TEAM PREVIEW - New Jersey Nets
20. Kings Snare Win In Closing Seconds
19. Behind The Scenes - Trade Winds
18. Streak Ends On Defensive Lapse In OT
17. TEAM PREVIEW: Utah Jazz
16. Noah, Warriors Buzz By Hornets
15. TEAM PREVIEW: New Orleans Hornets
14. Team Effort Nets Warriors Win
13. The Giles Files #1
12. 'Buike & Noah Power Warriors To Win
11. Top Gun Rookie Takes Flight In 4th
10. Muffed Time-Out Costs Warriors Win
9. TEAM PREVIEW: Charlotte Bobcats
8. Grizzlies Maul Warriors Behind Z-Bo's 33
7. TEAM PREVIEW: Memphis Grizzlies
6. Warriors Hang On, Edge Out Kings
5. TEAM PREVIEW: Sacramento Kings
4. Warriors Eclipse Suns From Opening Tip
3. TEAM PREVIEW: Phoenix Suns
2. Jekyll & Hyde Act By Warriors Ends In Loss
1. Bench Storm Thunder In Season-Opener

2010-2011
24. FLASH FWD: Off-Season Wrap Up
23. FLASH FWD: Part Four
22. FLASH FWD: Part Three
21. FLASH FWD: 2010-2011 Continued
20. FLASH FWD: 2010-2011 In Review
19. Weeks 4 & 5 In Review (Part 2)
18. Weeks 4 & 5 In Review (Part 1)
17. Week 3 In Review
16. Randolf's Beastly Night Snaps Warriors' Streak
15. Warriors Undefeated Behind Curry's Career Night
14. Warriors Continue Hot Start, Down Spurs (GS @ SAS)
13. Revamped Warriors Looking Sharp (DEN @ GS)
12. Catching Up On Off-Season Transactions
11. Warriors 2010-11 Season Opener
10. Cavs Trade, Trainer Hired & Player Evo
9. FLASH, New Warriors' FAs & Retirements
8. Draft Day Coverage, Free Agent Madness & the Big Three
7. Azubuike Re-Signs 'Long-Haul' Extension Offer
6. NYK Controls Draft & 2010-11 Rookie Preview
5. NBA FINALS - A 'Lord of the Ring' is Crowned
4. 09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap
3. 09-10 Awards & Curry 'Snubbed' Article
2. Season's End & Nellie on Retiring
1. Kevin Martin & Carl Landry Debut

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Transactions / Player Movement

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11/22/11
Vince Carter + 2012 future 2nd-round pick acquired from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Kevin Martin and Ronnie Turiaf

8/24/11
Warriors agree to sign-and-trade deal acquiring guard Richard Baker in exchange for Travis Oxford and Mack Lewis

8/7/11
Warriors ink guard Von Wafer to a 3.75M, 1-year contract

8/5/11
The Warriors sign free agent Joakim Noah for 12.95M over the next 2 years

7/28/11
Warriors sign power foward Sean Williams to a 5-year, 27.75M contract

2011 NBA DRAFT
6/11 Warriors acquire forward Brantt Dvorak with the 9th overall pick in the 2011 Draft

7/10/11
The Warriors re-sign Anthony Morrow to a 6-year, 20M contract

Departed Free Agents - Summer 2011
Delonte West, Brandon Wright, Chris Quinn, Leon Powe and Anthony Tolliver

8/14/10
Warriors trade rookie Haywood Faust, Carl Landry and 2011 2nd-Rnd draft pick to Cavaliers
Cavaliers trade Leon Powe, Delonte West and 2011 1st-Rnd draft pick to Warriors


8/1/10
Warriors sign Chris Quinn for 2.35M for 1 yr

7/26/10
Warriors sign DeAndre Jordan for 12.50M for 4 yrs
Warriors sign Roger Mason for 14.50M for 3 yrs

7/12/10
Warriors sign Kelenna Azubuike for 47.75M for 6 yrs
Warriors release Chris Hunter, C.J. Watson, Devon George and Raja Bell


02/18/10
GSW acquire Sacramento's Kevin Martin via Houston and Houston's Carl Landry via Sacramento
Monta Ellis is sent to the Rockets and Corey Maggette to the Kings
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Awards & Benchmarks

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FRANCHISE PLAYER & TEAM AWARDS

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2010-11
Rookie Challenge MVP

2009-10
April Rookie of the Month
All-Rookie 2nd Team



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2011-12 SEASON BENCHMARKS

Points: 35 (Vince Carter - GS@DAL 11/29/11)

Treys made: 3-way tie at 3 each (Stephen Curry - (OKC@GS 10/29/11, GS@LAL 10/31/11, GS@DAL 11/29/11); Kelenna Azubuike - GS@SAC 11/13/11; Vince Carter 11/29/11)

Free-Throws made: 10 (Kevin Martin - GS@CHA 11/10/11)

Assists: 11 (Stephen Curry -GS@DAL 11/29/11)

Rebounds (Total): 15 (Joakim Noah - GS@SAC 11/13/11)

Rebounds (Offensive): 8 (Joakim Noah - GS@SAC 11/13/11)

Blocks: 6 (Anthony Randolph - GS@MEM 11/07/11)

Steals: 4 (Stephen Curry - GS@DAL 11/29/11)


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Postby Clutch on Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:19 am

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ClutchMod for NBA Live 06

Here's where I'll keep my custom CFs for Live06, available to whomever wants to use them ('custom' usually means I wasn't satisfied w/the existing PC Proj Patch CF and tweaked it somehow; could be simple, like polish to a face texture or fixing a headband or more extreme like new head shape)

To use them, simply:

1) download then extract the "CMod_(date)" folder to your desktop;
2) copy all files** from the "CMod_(date)" folder to your sgsm folder usually located here:

    C:\Program Files\EA SPORTS\NBA LIVE 06\sgsm

** You can also choose just a specific player by selecting all related files with the player's abbreviated name (ex: "stcurry", "anrando" or "keazubu" for Steph Curry, Anthony Randolph or Kelenna Azubuike) then copying them over to your sgsm folder

NOTE: Copying these files will overwrite your originals

I highly recommend making a backup of your entire sgsm folder BEFORE adding any of my CMod CFs. That way if you don't like a mod I've done (say, Steph Curry for ex) you can restore his original CF by copying all related player files ("stcurry" in this example) from the backup copied sgsm folder to your working sgsm folder.

Anyway, here's the list of the players in CMod_070510... enjoy! - Clutch

CMod Player CFs (updated 07/05/10)

    Stephen Curry* (portrait update added 07/06)
    Vince Carter*
    Kelenna Azubuike*
    Anthony Morrow*
    Anthony Randolph*
    Sean Williams*
    Monta Ellis*
    Chris Andersen
    Hasheem Thabeet*
    Pau Gasol
    Luc M'bah a Moute
    Chris Bosh*
    Jared Dudley*
    LeBron James*
    (no face fixes but slightly more yoked build/frame then current)

    * new addition

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Prologue

Postby Clutch on Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:20 am

"We Believe!" was the war cry that once carried the underdog Golden State Warriors past the juggernaut Dallas Mavericks to one of the greatest, most memorable 1st-round Playoff upsets in recent NBA history. A trio of seasoned veterans - Capt'n Jack, J-Rich and B-Diddy - led the rag-tag squad of bright-eyed over-achievers coached by Don Nelson, the headmaster of a unique brand of attacking, high-scoring basketball simply referred to as, "Nellie Ball."

That was summer 2007, when 13 years of post-season drought finally came to an end and even the most jaded, cynical Warrior fan sincerely believed only brighter days lay ahead for their young, rebellious upstarts.
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Forward to January 2010... where cold, harsh reality couldn't be any further from that golden summer fairytale.

Less than a handful of players remained from that magical '07 roster and long-time GM and former player, Chris Mullin, had been relieved of his duties during the off-season, replaced ironically by former Maverick's assistant coach and advanced scout, Larry Riley.

A young, under-sized team coupled with an epidemic of freak injuries (some season-ending) had crippled Golden State, turning their otherwise high-octane offense into nothing more than a confused, inconsistent scramble.

Meanwhile, coach Nelson's unique ability to squeeze "small ball" magic from his players finally seemed to be running dry and the disenchanted, injury-plagued Warriors carried a heavy 13-33 record into February, winning only 2 of January's last 11 games.

But long before February, Nellie knew his experiment to partner versatile scorer, Monta Ellis, and talented rookie, Stephen Curry, had failed. The two possessed comparable skills physically, but in tandem, were under-sized against many of the league's bigger backcourts. But the bigger, underlying problem was that tensions between the two grew as Ellis increasingly perceived the rookie's talent and competitiveness as a threat. Whether consciously or not, the offensive-minded Ellis looked more and more for his own shot; where Curry deferred to his teammate, often to a fault.

Riley wanted answers. So did the fans.

Coach Nelson knew the rivalry between Ellis and Curry would only continue to fester, grow and further splinter the team. He knew some kind of change was necessary and that he would be held accountable for the decision.

With the trade deadline looming, it was time for Nellie to gamble.
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Re: Golden State Warriors - coming soon

Postby anthony22 on Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:47 am

wohoo a warriors dynasty should be nice,good luck !
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Re: Golden State Warriors - coming soon

Postby Martti. on Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:49 am

This is gonna be great! (Y) The Warriors are definitely very different from the Spurs, so interesting choice. :P
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Re: Golden State Warriors - coming soon

Postby Ezio Auditore on Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:14 am

As Martti says two really different squads. And I haven't seen a Warriors story in a while. (Y)
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Re: Golden State Warriors - coming soon

Postby Azzdogs on Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:56 am

Like the team choice. A young an exciting team. Good luck.
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Re: Golden State Warriors - coming soon

Postby dare on Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:41 am

I was thinking of using them well I think it's better that you used them than me as you are the better dynasty maker :)
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Re: Golden State Warriors - coming soon

Postby Lamrock on Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:57 pm

I'd recommend using the Warriors as is for a while. I made a huge mistake with Nellieball shuffling my roster too much. Looking forward to it.
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Re: Golden State Warriors - coming soon

Postby Clutch on Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:56 am

Thx guys... and Martti this is sooo far from anything 'great' atm :lol: but thx mate; we'll see how things go, yeah?
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Warriors "Move Forward" In 4-Team Blockbuster

Feb 18, 2010 Oakland, CA -- GM Larry Riley and head coach Don Nelson finally decided who the Warriors want to build their future around… but it isn't Monta Ellis.

In a surprising yet not entirely unexpected move, Riley announced the release of Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette to acquire Sacramento sharp-shooter Kevin Martin and Houston bigman Carl Landry as part of a massive 4-team blockbuster trade involving New York, Houston, Sacramento and Golden State.

"It's important for our team that the drama is out of the way," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said in reference to a growing friction between Ellis and talented rookie point, Stephen Curry. "Now, we can move forward."

The trade sent Tracy McGrady from Houston to New York, in exchange for Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, and future 1st-round picks. Houston also received Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento and Monta Ellis from Golden State.

Golden State acquired Carl Landry from Houston (via Sacramento) and Kevin Martin from Sacramento (via Houston), who in turn received Corey Maggette from the Warriors and Joey Dorsey from the Rockets.

For the Warriors, the departure of Ellis marks the beginning of a new era, one that now falls squarely on the shoulders of their promising rookie point guard. In his first season, Curry is currently averaging 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

"Ultimately only time will tell if we've made the right decision," said head coach, Don Nelson. "But I see tremendous potential in Steph and now I think we've brought in a couple solid players who can really help turn this ball club around."
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Re: GSW - Warriors "Move Forward" In 4-Team Blockbuster

Postby Azzdogs on Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:35 pm

Good trade for you. You got rid of Ellis now your team can grow with Curry as the main man. :D
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Re: GSW - Warriors "Move Forward" In 4-Team Blockbuster

Postby Andrew on Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:02 pm

Nice idea beginning things off at the deadline. Looking forward to seeing what else you have in store. :)
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Re: GSW - Warriors "Move Forward" In 4-Team Blockbuster

Postby dare on Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:43 pm

So Curry is your main man
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Re: GSW - Warriors "Move Forward" In 4-Team Blockbuster

Postby Ezio Auditore on Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:44 am

Lovin' the Martin-Curry-Landry trio. (Y)
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Re: GSW - Warriors "Move Forward" In 4-Team Blockbuster

Postby Clutch on Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:10 pm

Azzdogs/Dare/Thierry - thx guys! Steph is definitely the 'main man' now; Monta's a knucklehead IMO :lol: although, now he's part of a formidable Rockets team and if/when Yao ever comes back... yikes!

Andrew - thx mate, yeah i just didn't see any reason (nor fun) to play out all the suffering lol
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Kevin Martin & Carl Landry Debut

Postby Clutch on Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:29 pm

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Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Feb 22, 2010 Oakland, CA -- The Golden State Warriors were easily dispatched in a 112-96 home defeat to the visiting Denver Nuggets. They slide to a 15-38 record on the season (third worst behind Minnesota and New Jersey) and have dropped 5 of their last 6 games; but you'd hardly guess the team's woes by Don Nelson's post-game comments.

"I'm excited again," Nellie told reporters following the loss. "The effort was there tonight; we just need to work on our execution a little more and get our guys healthy. But all n' all, I'm happy with what I saw." And there's much to be positive about, from Nellie's perspective.

Tonight marked the official start of the Stephen Curry era, after Monta Ellis' trade to the Rockets and Corey Maggette's trade to the Kings. With the pressure and expectations high, the young rookie did not disappoint. Curry shot 48% from the field, including one from downtown, on his way to a 23 point, 5 assist night.

"I know where I stand now, and what this team expects of me," said Curry after the match. "This organization has put its trust in me and I mean to make the most of it."

The night also saw the debut of sharp-shooter Kevin Martin, acquired from Nor Cal rival Sacramento, and bigman Carl Landry who was acquired by trade from the Rockets; both players met or exceeded expectations.

Martin proves not only to be capable of scoring in bunches but now provides the Warriors with a legit closer at the free-throw stripe. He finished with a team-high 27 points including 7-of-8 from the line. Landry also had impressive numbers in his first game as a Warrior, finishing the night with 12 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.

Another reason for Nelson's glee was the return of forward Kelenna Azubuike who made his return from knee injury, but came off the bench and was played sparingly. "It (the knee) definitely doesn't feel 100% yet; they'll take a look at it again, do more tests then decide what's best for me." Azubuike played only 8 minutes and finished with 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting.

The Denver Nuggets, in stark contrast to Golden State, looked like a well-oiled machine and were led by J.R. Smith who had a team-high 26 points. Veteran forward Kenyon Martin also had a monstrous night and finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

The Warriors held even with the Nuggets through the first quarter; but a 22-34 second quarter collapse gave Denver a sizable lead that ultimately proved too much to overcome. The Nuggets' balanced offense saw 7 players finish in double digits.

"I really don't worry about what the other team does at this point," reiterated Nelson. "What matters to me is how our guys play and the effort they give me. Once we get everyone back and healthy, we'll be fine."
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Azzdogs on Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:35 pm

Great read. Tough loss but your teams future is very bright.
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Martti. on Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:43 pm

Damn, your backcourt is awesome. I really like your line-up. (Y)

Shame about your record though.
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:23 pm

Tough loss but a promising performance from your three main guys.
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Valor on Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:52 pm

Welcome back as a Dynasty maker Clutch :chug: Hope this one works out and becomes another HOF Material D (Y) I miss following a Warriors' Dynasty when Lamrock closed his Nellieball :?
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Clutch on Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:53 pm

Az, Martti, Andrew - thx guys; i'm pretty stoked about the potential of the team... but that's pretty much the story of any longtime W's fan haha

Valor - thx mate... HoF material? well if it makes, great, but i'm glad to already be in there; i'm just gonna take this one easy, have fun and try spending more time commenting on others; i'll be like the ol' liquored-up guy at the court who once had mad game but now just sits at the sideline talkin' smack about how he "use to do it" :P
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Ezio Auditore on Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:09 am

K-Mart killed you, man. How's Tolliver doing? Last night IRL against the Blazers he played really good. I can now say I'm watching NBA games every night, something I've never done before :D
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Lamrock on Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:25 am

I feel like you kind of fleeced the other teams in your offseason moves, dealing an aging Maggette (and his huge contract), and the most overrated player in the league in Ellis for the Kings' and Rockets' best players. Furthermore, playing Landry at the 3 makes little sense and stands against everything Nellie stands for.

Great recap though. I'll definitely follow this.
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Clutch on Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:29 am

@Thierry - Watch hoops every night = lucky man; i'm jealous :(; Tolliver may be kickin' ass IRL but in my dynasty with an overall of 62, slow as molasses and a Def Awareness of sub 50, he's a bonifide BUST sorry to say

@Lamrock - yah, I had to consider it seriously (and you know from my Rockets I do think these things out pretty thoroughly); finally rationalized that a straight trade would likely be fleecing; but in context of the 4-way trade (ie., Rockets being able to ditch T-Mac to NY and pick up Hill, Armstong, Jeffreys + future draft picks in addition to Monta; Kings picking up a legit SF in Maggette (good for 20 pt/5 reb nightly) to compliment Tyreke + plus Dorsey & Hughes) I didn't feel it was that bad; I prefer to say a, "smooth hustle" as opposed to fleecing ;)

Anyway, always appreciative of feedback gents (Y)
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Ezio Auditore on Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:44 am

Clutch wrote:@Thierry - Watch hoops every night = lucky man; i'm jealous :(;


I try to watch at least one full game every night, but with school coming I'm now watching three or four quarters from different games.
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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Clutch on Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:14 am

Thierry. wrote:
Clutch wrote:@Thierry - Watch hoops every night = lucky man; i'm jealous :(;


I try to watch at least one full game every night, but with school coming I'm now watching three or four quarters from different games.


:eh: AND you have time to do all that extensive dynasty research on top of everything else? craaazy man

i must be doing something wrong; i'm horrible with time-management lol
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Season's End & Nellie on Retiring

Postby Clutch on Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:18 am

A Forgettable Finish

Azubuike's return to the lineup vs Denver was short-lived as team doctors soon confirmed a torn patella tendon, an injury more serious than first diagnosed, which required surgery followed by months of rehab. Kelenna's season was finished, dealing yet another blow to the Warriors' severely-depleted lineup.

Head coach Don Nelson did everything he could to turn things around for the franchise, trying every possible combination of starting lineup, conventional and some less so. And while the additions of Kevin Martin and Carl Landry just before February's trade deadline gave the Warriors a much needed boost of firepower and toughness, the pair were only enough to slow the bleeding, not get the team on a winning track.

Golden State lost it's final game of 09-10 at Oracle Arena vs the Utah Jazz in front of a disappointed, yet appreciative home crowd who stood and applauded as the Warriors' starters were pulled in the closing minutes of the double-digit loss. The wounded Warriors limped away finishing with a 28-54 record, third worst in the league just in front of the Los Angeles Clippers.

After the loss to Utah, Nelson was asked if he would retire or if he planned to return as Warriors head coach next season and replied, "I hope so. I mean... I plan on being back anyways. It's been a long, hard season and we've had to deal with a lot of unexpected situations, unplanned for injuries… but sometimes that's just how it goes. If our guys can get healthy and we're able to make a few moves in the off-season, I think we'll have a solid team and a good chance at a playoff run. Now if you'll excuse me, there's a beach chair on Hawaii with my name on it. Enjoy the playoffs guys and I'll see you next season."

Raptor Implosion & Spurs Rejuvenated

Surprisingly, the Toronto Raptors came in dead last in the league with a 27-55 record, apparently hugely distracted and derailed by a barrage of summer free agency talk and speculations concerning their marquee player, Chris Bosh along with names like Dwyane Wade and of course, Lebron James.

San Antonio, however, returned to championship form after acquiring forward Richard Jefferson from Milwaukee, finishing the 09-10 regular season as the only team to reach and surpass the 60 win mark.


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Re: GSW - Nellie Upbeat Despite Loss

Postby Ezio Auditore on Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:00 am

Clutch wrote: :eh: AND you have time to do all that extensive dynasty research on top of everything else? craaazy man

i must be doing something wrong; i'm horrible with time-management lol


Lol, I start school tomorrow :cry: my Pacers will go slower and I might not see any real life game at all some days...

Great to see Spurs with the best record
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Re: GSW - Season's End & Nellie on Retiring

Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:21 am

A little better than the real Spurs this season. They finished the season with a lot of momentum, 11 straight wins to close it out. I'm guessing they'll go all the way.
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2009-10 Player Awards
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2009-10 Team Awards

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Curry "Snubbed" in RoY Considerations

Oakland, CA -- Bay Area fans were already disappointed as the 2009-2010 regular season ended and the Warriors finished a dismal 28-54 on the season. Third worst in the league, the Warriors are yet again Lotto-bound and on the outside of the Post-Season looking in. As typical as the season ended, their young rookie point guard Stephen Curry had given fans glimpses of hope for a possibly brighter future; but still the reality of missing yet another post-season keeps many fans jaded.

As the 09-10 Player and Team awards were announced today, Bay Area fans had just one more thing to be bitter about.

It wasn't bad enough that Minnesota's talented rookie point, Johnny Flynn, had pulled the upset to capture Rookie-of-the-Year honors over Sacramento's budding star, Tyreke Evans, and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings; but Curry posted comparable numbers across the board in all categories even averaging 2 more points a game than Flynn. Still, mysteriously his name was never really considered in the RoY race.

"Snubbed.... again," said one upset Warriors' fan as he nursed a pale ale at San Francisco's Gorden Biersch brewery.

Adding insult to injury, Curry did not make the All-Rookie 1st team; but was relegated to the the second squad, a tier behind Flynn, Evans and Jennings.

Even though many fans were disappointed, Curry put a positive spin on the situation when asked, "Flynn deserves it; he's going to be terrific ball player for years to come. I'm just honored to be recognized to the 2nd-team; it's a starting place for me and this franchise at least. I've always felt that being denied something just gives you the fuel to try harder."

Hopefully Curry will continue to try harder during the off-season and really give Warrior fans next season something to get excited about.
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Postby Ezio Auditore on Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:09 am

Clutch wrote:I've always felt that being denied something just gives you the fuel to try harder.


Very, very true. (Y)

Weird to see Elton Brand on the All-NBA 1st team, but for him, to average 20 and 10 for a full season, unbelieveable
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Re: GSW - '09-10 Awards & Curry 'Snubbed' Article

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:23 am

Snubbed indeed, good write-up though. :)
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Re: GSW - '09-10 Awards & Curry 'Snubbed' Article

Postby Azzdogs on Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:42 am

To bad for Curry but hopefully he can come back better and stronger in his second year. :D
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Re: GSW - '09-10 Awards & Curry 'Snubbed' Article

Postby dare on Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:04 am

I can see Curry averaging 20+ PPG next season, weird to see Kobe not on any of the NBA teams
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Re: GSW - '09-10 Awards & Curry 'Snubbed' Article

Postby Clutch on Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:09 pm

@Thierry, Andrew, Azzdogs - thx guys; I'm hoping Curry can reap more awards in the future as it kinda sucks about RotY; btw Thierry, I think Brand is on the juice 'cause he's playing like a beast lol

@dare - Curry 20+ ppg? hopefully; and damn! i didn't notice the Kobe-less awards... good catch (Y)
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09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap

Postby Clutch on Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:20 pm

Coach of the Year

With a blistering league best record of 63-19 and riding an 11-game win streak to close out the regular season, the revamped Spurs were firing on all cylinders entering the 09-10 NBA Playoffs. Unanimously, Coach of the Year honors fell to San Antonio's Gregg Popovich.


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Playoffs: Out East

Out East, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James clashed in the conference semi-finals, with Wade's Heat coming up victorious and denying the King possibly his last shot at the ring with the Cavaliers (if all the free agency circus hype was to be believed.)

However, Wade's celebration was in turn cut short in the Eastern Conference Finals, as the Heat ran into a peaking Boston Celtics team led by the trio of Garnett, Allen and Pierce. The Celtics completed sweeps of New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami and marched into the Finals undefeated.


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Playoffs: Out West

Duncan and company seemed poised to dethrone the defending champion Lakers and capture the title; however easier said than done. The Spurs convincingly dispatched the Grizzlies in 5 games while Dirk and the Mavericks pushed them to 6 before eventually buckling as usual.

But the Champions cease to be "the Champions" only when someone rightfully takes it from them, which San Antonio found out the hard way by losing 4-2 to LA in the Western Conference Finals. Duncan looked visibly stunned as Kobe and the Lakers celebrated their return to the big dance to square off against the Celtics, a rematch of the 2008 NBA Finals.

"How sweet it is," said Bryant after advancing past the Spurs. "But we aint done yet... Now? It's payback time," he said referring to the '08 defeat to the Celtics.

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Re: GSW - 09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap

Postby Azzdogs on Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:54 pm

Lakers Celtics the rivalry continues.
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Re: GSW - 09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:55 pm

I'm afraid I have to cheer for the Celtics here. ;) The Celtics usually make the Finals in my simulations when testing the NBA Live PC rosters for any crashes, quite often they end up facing the Spurs. Clearly not to be this time around.
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Re: GSW - 09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap

Postby Clutch on Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:24 pm

@azzdogs - indeed man; i think it was fixed by the refs lol;

@andrew - yeah i simmed through to get to the off-season and was really surprised to see the Spurs fall to LA; any other team i'm sure Spurs would've rolled over. interesting Finals too; stay tuned...
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Re: GSW - 09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap

Postby dare on Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:02 pm

Boston did not lose any games in their way to the Finals, hopefully they loss 4 games against L.A :cheeky:
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Re: GSW - 09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap

Postby Ezio Auditore on Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:29 am

As Andrew, I'm rooting for the Celts as well. If they get a sweep again, has that ever been achieved IRL?
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Re: GSW - 09-10 CotY & Playoffs Recap

Postby Clutch on Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:55 am

@dare - hahah Laker fan i take it ;)

@theirry - IRL? hmmm, good question. i doubt it but not sure; suppose it would be easy enough to Google and find out but i'm too lazy atm :lol:
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A 'Lord of the Ring' is Crowned

The Boston Celtics came into the 09-10 NBA Finals on fire, steam-rolling their way past the New Jersey Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers and finally Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat.

The Los Angeles Lakers took an equally impressive road, eliminating the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs who, up until their confrontation with the Lakers, seemed destined to win it all.

Entering the Finals, odds makers had the Celtics as the slight favorites and a clutch game-winning jumper by Ray Allen over Kobe Bryant in Game 1 clinched the series opener for Boston 102-100 to keep their win streak alive. The Celtics became heavily favored after they captured Game 2 in convincing, 106-89 near blow-out fashion in front of their ecstatic crowd which continually roared, 'BEAT LA!" throughout the night.

But momentum would shift in Game 3 as Ray Allen, part of the Celtics' holy triumvirate, came down awkwardly on Ron Artest's foot after an offensive rebound. Immediately ushered to the locker room, X-rays would reveal a broken toe and Allen would be forced to watch his Celtics win streak snapped like his big toe as the Lakers clawed their way back into the series 111-95.

In Game 4, more tragedy would continue to strike for Boston and this time their captain Paul Pierce would be the victim. On a questionable play, Lakers' Lamar Odom would step on Pierce's shoe after being clearly burnt off the dribble, causing Pierce to torque his foot violently, suddenly collapse and loose control the ball. The Lakers would quickly score at the other end off the turn-over while Pierce remained down clutching his foot in pain and Boston would be forced to burn a time out. Pierce would be assisted back to the locker room while Laker fans booed and hissed his departure and X-rays would confirm the worst -- a broken bone in his foot. Pierce, like Allen, would also miss the remainder of the Finals and the Lakers tied the series 2-2.

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The Celtics immediately accused the Lakers of using intentionally dirty tactics to swing the series back in their favor and demanded that Odom be immediately suspended; however thoroughly reviewed footage of the incident involving Odom and Pierce which Odom claimed to be purely "accidental" came up inconclusive and no actions were taken against the Lakers' forward.

"It's unfortunate the league doesn't see what we see out on the court," said a stoic Kevin Garnett, on whose shoulders the Celtics' quest for the title now rest. "But now… it's personal. I know how you guys think and what you guys are thinking. You guys think we're done; that this series is over… but it's not. We'll be ready for Game 5."

Almost prophetically, Garnett erupted in Game 5 which took place in front of a raucous Staple Center crowd. Unstoppable the entire night, Garnett powered the Celtics to a 90-85 win but more importantly, regained control of the series. To cap his stellar performance, Garnett swatted an Odom baseline shot attempt into the 3rd row in the closing minutes and thumped his chest at the stunned crowd in defiance. He finished with a monstrous 36 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks on the night and simultaneously took the wind from the Lakers' sails and breathed hope back into the lungs of Celtics fans.

Inspired by their fearless leader, the Celtics reserves regained their confidence back at home in Game 6, and brought the 09-10 NBA Finals to a close with a 106-94 win. Garnett relied on his teammates to deliver the coup de grace finishing the match just missing a triple-double with 20 points, 12 boards, 9 assists and 3 blocks.

Garnett had led the Celtics down an impressive 16-2 post-season road and knocked off the Lakers to capture his second ring, the 09-10 NBA championship. For his inspirational heroics in the final two games of the series and an outstanding overall performance averaging a 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks per game, Kevin Garnett was unanimously awarded the 2010 Finals MVP.

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Re: GSW - A 'Lord of the Ring' is Crowned

Postby Ezio Auditore on Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:47 am

Yeah! Celts the champs once again :D
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Postby Cartar on Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:56 am

Pierce and Allen out and they still won? Nice...
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