Warriors set to do battle on the boards vs. Boston

Warriors set to do battle on the boards vs. Boston
December 29, 2012, 11:00 am

David Lee scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Warriors' win over the 76ers Friday night at Oracle Arena. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

David Lee stood in front of his locker laughing and joking following Friday night’s win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

It seems like with each win, a new mark of history has been reached for this season’s Warriors. The victory on Friday marked the first time the Warriors won 20 games before the New Year since 1980-81.  

Lee joked with reporters after he was told about the latest historic achievement. 

“Since before the ‘We Believe’ team?” he said, laughing with reporters. “Wow, Run TMC, we’re getting back in the TMC stuff, huh? Wow, was this back near Cazzie Russell in ‘72?”

At some point, the forward in just his third season with the team, has to have some fun with all the success against Golden State’s unsuccessful ghosts.

The most important piece of history is that the Warriors (20-10) are off to their best start since the 1991-92 season.

“We’re really proud,” Lee then said more seriously. “We’re trying to make our own history here. The biggest thing is that our team is doing this together and we’re continuing to get better and better. I don’t think our best ball has even been played yet.”

Another shot at the East
The Warriors are 12-2 against the Eastern Conference this season heading into tonight’s game against Boston.

The Celtics have beaten the Warriors in seven of the team’s last eight meetings. But as is the mantra of this current Warriors team: “It’s not our history.”

Boston isn’t playing to their history either. The Celtics (14-14) are currently holding onto the eighth best record in the Eastern Conference. They have struggled defensively without the lockdown defense of Avery Bradley and continue to lose the rebounding battle.
 
The Warriors, the fourth best rebounding team, are now 9-0 at home and 18-2 overall when they outrebound opponents. The Celtics enter as the worst rebounding team in all of basketball. 

Defensively, the Warriors have held an opponent to less than 45 percent shooting 18 times this season and are 15-3 when they do. 

The intangibles of a superstar
Warriors coach Mark Jackson continues to praise the efforts of his superstars, Lee and Stephen Curry, even when one has a more pedestrian night.

Curry shot 5-for-11 for 11 points, six assists and five rebounds on Friday night. When Curry isn’t lighting up the scoreboard, he’s still plenty valuable, Jackson said. 

“Stephen Curry did it by battling Jrue Holiday, he did it by rebounding, did it by facilitating plays and he did it by holding his head up and leading,” Jackson said. “That approach is contagious.

“I’ve seen that in the past as a player, coach and as an analyst, players suck the life out of guys because it’s not their night. That’s leadership.” 

Mr. T joins Warriors Radio
Tom Tolbert, known locally as KNBR’s Mr. T, will join the Warriors Radio Network for 10 of the team’s upcoming home games. Tolbert played for the Warriors for three seasons in the early ‘90s. His first game will be on Jan. 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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