OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors defends LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Cavaliers and Warriors fans can be proud of their teams after epic Game 7

Much has already been said and written about the 2016 NBA Finals, so it’s not easy to find ground not already staked out, but let’s try to do that here. Nobody choked. Nobody shrank from the moment. Nobody left anything in the tank. The way our sports society is wired these days (which, as always is a reflection […]

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Ghosts of 40 years ago turn on the Golden State Warriors

This is a column I’ve dreaded having to write for this whole season, especially since the Golden State Warriors went down 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In case you’re just putting yourself together this Monday morning or you’re reading this in the year 2056, the Warriors just became the first team in NBA history […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry #30 react in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In Game 7, humility may be path to redemption for Warriors

It took me a while to figure out when I’d had that feeling before. As I watched the Golden State Warriors stumble through the first quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, it finally hit me: Game 7 of the 2002 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the (then-) Anaheim Angels. I’ll get to the baseball parallel, but first, the Warriors seem […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Richard Jefferson #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Warriors figure out successful formula in time to win Game 4

The Golden State Warriors play good defense, they shoot 3-pointers at a historic clip, and they have possibly the best bench in the history of basketball. All of those things were reasons for them winning 67 games last year and 73 this year, which is pretty impressive. But when the story of this team is […]

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Crossover Chronicles Podcast: Amin Elhassan of ESPN

ESPN Analyst Amin Elhassan, who worked with both Cavaliers’ GM David Griffin and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr when they were all with the Phoenix Suns, has a unique perspective on this NBA Finals matchup. We talk extensively about the Game 3, the series, the Oklahoma City series, and what’s going on with Steph Curry. […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08: Channing Frye #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving #2 react during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

2016 NBA Finals finally start for Love-less Cavaliers; Now what?

Most sports fans are non-players. Very few people who write articles like this actually played the sports they write about at a level above high school, and there are many (like me) who never played it above recreational ball with friends. It’s easy for us to lose sight of how important emotion is in the […]

Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes (40) dunks past Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) during the second half in Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)

Cavaliers’ execution, not strategy, doomed them in Game 1

The general narrative following Game 1 of the NBA Finals was that if the Golden State Warriors could beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by 15 with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson scoring only 20 points combined, the Cavs stand no chance in this series. I disagree. Well, sort of. I completely agree that the Cavs have […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tony Dejak-Pool/Getty Images)

The Finals: nobody asked me, but Warriors in 5

This is going to be a (relatively) short post, so no need to get too comfortable. I’m really surprised by how many really smart basketball people are expecting the Warriors to take six or even seven games to win the 2016 NBA Finals. I’ll take a few guesses at the reasoning behind that in a […]

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The Cavs step into their alternate universe

The Cleveland Cavaliers began this long season in late October with the hope that after losing the 2015 NBA Finals, they could eclipse the Golden State Warriors in the league’s pecking order. On Monday, January 18, they realized that was not likely to happen… unless the Warriors failed to make the 2016 Finals, felled by […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 13:  J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 13, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kyrie and Love face the heat, but J.R. Smith remains the Cavs’ wild card

The Golden State Warriors survived J.R. Smith in last year’s NBA Finals — mostly because they were better than the Cleveland Cavaliers, but partly because J.R.’s shot didn’t come alive until it was too late for his team. Remember how Game 6 ended? It was seemingly a done deal midway through the fourth quarter. The […]

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The Cavaliers’ biggest weapon has been their 3-point shooting

The 2016 NBA Finals will reunite the Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers are four wins away from capturing their first NBA championship, and it would not have been possible if they did not make a coaching change earlier in the season. In January, general manager David Griffin decided […]

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Steve Kerr excelled in very understated ways against OKC

If I had to identify the coach who performed better in the just-concluded Western Conference Finals, I would rate Billy Donovan higher than Steve Kerr. However, this hardly means Kerr performed poorly. Kerr’s lineup combinations were not as effective or transformative as Donovan’s roster manipulations, but the coach of the Golden State Warriors crafted a […]

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