So the Golden State Bruins stumbled in their last game and they are on life support down 1-3. Yet I still can't get enough of stories like this one on Baron and Matt playing together and raising the profile of UCLA:
"It's great and it's exciting to be playing with Matt again," Davis said. "It's like we're back living our UCLA days."
The Warriors' playoff performance has enthralled others.
"Because of them, I've turned into a fan and that's hard for a NBA player to say," said Seattle SuperSonics guard Earl Watson, who played with Davis and Barnes at UCLA. "Not only are the Warriors good, but they're fun to watch. Baron has dominated every game and Matt's playing the way he played his senior year at UCLA, when he did everything -- score, play defense, rebound, pass. I'm so happy for those guys, and because I'm so close to them, I've been tempted to show up at a game with a Golden State jersey on."
Davis is averaging 26.9 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in the playoffs. He is shooting 54 percent from the field and has had four 30-point-plus scoring outings in nine games. But it is the way he has taken over games and the mind-boggling plays that he has made that stand out.
Barnes averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds during the regular season and has fattened those numbers to 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in the playoffs. Although Barnes has started three of the nine playoff games, Nelson prefers to bring him off the bench for the energy that he provides to the Warriors' thin second unit. But for three consecutive playoff games, Barnes averaged 42 minutes.
Anyways lets not let a fraud like Lavin spoil all the fun. As always we wish best of luck to Baron and to Matt for continued success. I will say it while they have taken Bay Area by storm, it sure is helping to raise the profile or UCLA basketball, creating a perfect storm for Coach Howland who is starting to reel in blue chips recruits who are getting enamored by Howland's recents runs and the successes of the former Bruins in the NBA. After all may be its a not a total coincidence Howland's latest recruit - Drew Gordon - happen to live near the backyard of Baron and Matt. And it was also the same backyard (Bay Area) which Bruins used as a key launching pad to punch their tickets for their last two Final-4s. See it all fits together in the world of UCLA basketball.