Woodson On Hawks' Hot Start
Time To Blow Up Wizards, Warriors ?
For the league's three "W" teams, 2009-10 hasn't produced many W's. The Warriors, Wizards and Wolves are a combined 18-56, with all three falling short of what already were fairly modest expectations this season.
While the Wolves can be partly excused -- they pretty much expected to be this bad -- the same can't be said of Golden State and Washington. When the two clubs meet tonight on ESPN, it will be a showdown of two of the league's most disappointing teams. In fact, it would be more appropriate if the game were on TNT, as the biggest question for both teams is if and when to break out the dynamite and blow up their rosters.
In Golden State, it appears the decision may have already been made. The Warriors have made everybody on their roster available in trade discussions, even young pieces like Anthony Randolph and Stephen Curry. Of course, further trades wouldn't satisfy Bay Area fans -- with just one playoff appearance in the past 15 years, they're hoping the next rebuilding project starts with owner Chris Cohan's selling the team and continues with the exit of team president Robert Rowell and the front office, all the way down to coach Don Nelson.
Let's set aside, however, the horrific organizational dysfunction that seems likely to plague the team until it does a full-scale fumigation of the front office. Regardless of who is in charge, the Warriors must address the more immediate question of who the team is going to put on the floor.
Schedule: Friday, Dec. 18
Let's Try This Again
Melo and the Nuggets lock up with Chris Paul and the Hornets in a rematch of the '09 first-round playoffs, a series dominated by Denver.
Friday Game Notes
• After losing just two home games all of last season, the Cavaliers lost two of their first four at The Q this season. Since then, Cleveland has won eight in a row at home. Brandon Jennings has experienced a substantial drop-off in his game since late November. As his play has suffered, the team's has suffered as well. Jennings has scored 20-plus points in only two of his past 12 games. The Bucks are just 1-6 this season in games decided by three points or fewer.
• Boston has won its past six games against Philadelphia. That matches the Celtics' second-longest winning streak against the Sixers since the franchise relocated from Syracuse to Philadelphia for the 1963-64 season. Boston won 20 consecutive games against Philadelphia from 1971 to 1974 and six in a row two other times.
• Deron Williams has scored at least 20 points and handed out at least 10 assists in each of his past four games. That matches the longest such streak in Jazz history. John Stockton had a four-game streak April 5-12, 1989.