Category Archives: NBA Playoffs

The Edge: Warriors v Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

I’ve seen a lot of pundits predict that this would be an easy series for the Warriors. And of course, after the Kyrie injury, all the pundits doubled down. And even after the evidence of last night, and two straight games on the Warriors’ home floor in which the Cavs appeared to control the action from the opening tip right up to the 2:00 mark in the 4th quarter, the pundits were all repeating that the Warriors had nothing to worry about, they just had a bad game.

Really?  Continue reading

Warriors By a Hair: Warriors 108 Cavs 100 — NBA Finals Game One

Steve Kerr said after the game that not only he, but the entire Warriors bench thought that Iman Shumpert’s shot at the end of regulation was going in. It was right on line, and maybe an inch short. One wonders whether Shumpert might have made that shot if he had trimmed maybe an inch off of his signature high-top fade before the game. And that, sports fans, is the most ridiculous lede that will be written about tonight’s game.  Continue reading

Harden Answers: Rockets 128 Warriors 115

Whew. It was great just to see Steph get to his feet, let alone return to the game, after that Jerry McGuire moment. Although I’m not a fan of the decision to let him return. Doctors are not infallible, the game was totally meaningless and the deficit already big. I would have liked to see Warriors management step up like adults in this situation. It reminded me a bit of Mike Shanahan destroying RGIII’s career, although the injuries of course are not at all similar.

It seems kinda pointless to analyze a game like this, a give-away game in which the give-away was interrupted by a frightening injury to the MVP, but Houston made quite a few interesting adjustments in this game that I’d like to mention: Continue reading

The Stephen Curry Problem: Warriors 115 Rockets 80

Ron Adams just ended the Rockets with a killer mid-series defensive adjustment. Just as he did to the Grizzlies. Continue reading

Down Goes Dwight: Warriors 110 Rockets 106

6 minutes. That’s how long this series lasted.  Continue reading

Warriors v Rockets: 2015 Western Conference Finals Preview

Earlier this year, I dismissed the Rockets’ title hopes. But the Rockets team I wrote about then is literally nothing like the current Rockets team. Here are five radical ways in which the Rockets have changed from the team that the Warriors dominated in the regular season, and what it means for this playoff series:   Continue reading

First Team All Defense: Warriors 101 Grizzlies 84

First Team All Defense.

No, not Tony Allen. Ron Adams. Continue reading

Littlefellas: Grizzlies 99 Warriors 89

OK, so it won’t be a sweep.   Continue reading

One Eyed Charlie: Grizzlies 97 Warriors 90

The nickname Tony Allen gave Mike Conley in this game just might stick. One of the great playoff performances I’ve ever seen, that will define Mike Conley from this day forward. This is what the playoffs are all about. Where the names of great players are made.

There are quite a few Warriors players who should be taking notes.     Continue reading

Warriors Sweep Grizzlies: Round Two Preview

This is going to be an annihilation. I don’t have much to add to my previous analysis of the way these two teams matchup, so with apologies, I’ll just link to it here.   Continue reading