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Golden State Of Mind 24 mins ago
Every Cavaliers fan secretly wishes they could root for the Warriors

Every Cavaliers fan secretly wishes they could root for the Warriors

Don’t fight it. You know you want to. Deep in the darkest recesses of their angry hearts, every single fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers realizes they’ve made a huge, horrible mistake. And I’m not talking about what happened in November, either. I’m talking about how — if pressed — every single Cavaliers fan would, under pressure, admit that they love the Golden State Warriors. Maybe it’s the flair with which Stephen Curry plays. Maybe it’s the selflessness shown throughout the roster. Maybe it’s the wholesome, good-natured way in which the team addresses the media, or the...
Golden State Of Mind 55 mins ago
After going down 25 in Game 1 of 2017 WCF, the Warriors ended the series on a 477-388 run

After going down 25 in Game 1 of 2017 WCF, the Warriors ended the series on a 477-388 run

From down 25 to up 89 for the series is a 114 point swing! Whoa. With 7:05 left in the second quarter of Game 1 in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors were in trouble. The Spurs, off to a blazing hot start, had come roaring out of the gates and slapped the Warriors in the face. A hard, meaningful slap. Right in the kisser. So, with 7:05 left in the second quarter, Kawhi Leonard was fouled by David West. He approached the foul line, sank the first shot. Sank the second. The Warriors were down by 25 points. At home. In Game 1. The score was 46-21. After the Warriors finished off...
Silver Screen and Roll 18 hours ago
Watch Kobe Bryant break down what makes the Warriors' offense so deadly

Watch Kobe Bryant break down what makes the Warriors' offense so deadly

Another trip back to the #MuseCage with Kobe. Kobe Bryant’s “Canvas” films for ESPN have quickly become must-watch affairs. It’s fairly normal for athletes to go into in-studio analysis for television networks like ESPN after they retire, but the way Bryant has used his oft-stated love for story-telling to create unique short films about why he feels certain players or teams have had success have been fascinating (as has his use of a purple snake puppet). Bryant’s latest breakdown featured the retired superstar explaining the Golden State Warriors’ success, and the reason he...
Golden State Of Mind 22 hours ago
The Warriors sweep the West: fo’ fo’ fo’

The Warriors sweep the West: fo’ fo’ fo’

Could this be a passing of the torch moment? As Manu Ginobili walked off the court in Monday night’s clincher for what may be his last time, the San Antonio Spurs crowd erupted into celebration and applause. He, perhaps as much as Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, served as a front man for this generation’s most enviable NBA franchise. The fans in San Antonio sat through a fourth quarter that may have chased mortal fans away in an elimination game, just to see this moment – and they enjoyed it how they should. But after a glorious 15-year run — including four NBA World Championships,...
Golden State Of Mind May 23, 2017
I wish Kawhi Leonard had played in the Conference Finals

I wish Kawhi Leonard had played in the Conference Finals

It would have been better. Injuries suck. As Warriors fans, we’ve lived through them time and time again, especially as Stephen Curry began his ascent into the league. Ankle injuries, especially, are scary. They happen so quickly, and people feel like they can just “walk it off,” but unfortunately more often than not they linger and linger and linger on like the taste of a bad dream days after waking. I wish Kawhi Leonard had played more than 24 minutes in this series, all of which came in Game 1. I wish Leonard had scored more than 26 points in this series. I wish that Leonard —...
Golden State Of Mind May 23, 2017
Warriors defeat Spurs 129-115, head back to NBA Finals

Warriors defeat Spurs 129-115, head back to NBA Finals

The Warriors are the first team to ever sweep the first three rounds of the playoffs as they head back to the NBA Finals for the third straight season. The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 on Monday night, becoming the first team to ever enter the NBA Finals with an undefeated playoff record. This will be the third straight Finals appearance for the Warriors, though we don’t yet know for sure who they will face. Remember this feeling, Warriors fans. Remember how good this feels. This is what we all foolishly and arrogantly dreamed of at the start of the...
Golden State Of Mind May 22, 2017
Warriors at Spurs final score: Golden State wins 129-115 to advances to third consecutive NBA Finals

Warriors at Spurs final score: Golden State wins 129-115 to advances to third consecutive NBA Finals

I’m going to say it: I’m just happy to be here. With their sweep of the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors have become just the seventh franchise in NBA history to make the NBA Finals in three consecutive seasons. And as much as last year’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers still stings, just making it a third consecutive time is an accomplishment worth celebrating. So, yes, I’m just happy that the Warriors have gotten to this point for a third consecutive time — this is beyond anything I ever imagined for this franchise back when...
Golden State Of Mind May 22, 2017
Warriors at Spurs Game 4 halftime score: Kevin Durant gets big block as Golden State mounts 65-51 lead

Warriors at Spurs Game 4 halftime score: Kevin Durant gets big block as Golden State mounts 65-51 lead

Kevin Durant leads the Warriors in scoring and had an impressive defensive play to put the Warriors one half away from making their third consecutive NBA Finals. With the Golden State Warriors in position to sweep the mighty San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant has come up big on both ends of the court to help his team to a solid lead at halftime. Durant had a game-high tying 18 points, but also showed off what has made him so great this season with a chase down double block on Spurs rookie Dejounte Murray in the second quarter that got people talking. Uhh, does this count as 2 blocks in the...
Golden State Of Mind May 22, 2017
Game 4 preview: Warriors sweeping toward the Finals

Game 4 preview: Warriors sweeping toward the Finals

With the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard out, the Warriors have no excuses. Golden State Warriors (1) at San Antonio Spurs (2) Game 4 (Warriors lead 3-0) Monday, May 22 @ 6:00 PM PST ESPN Coming into this series, I made what I thought was a pretty bold prediction: a Warriors sweep. Well, unless something crazy happens in game 4, it looks like I will be correct — but it didn’t look anything at all like I expected it to. Pop says "it wouldn't make much sense" to play Kawhi Leonard in Game 4 https://t.co/NJu2wUc0op— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) May 21, 2017 Talent Imbalance Already...
Golden State Of Mind May 21, 2017
If I hear one more person say the Warriors are ruining basketball, I'm tearing out my eardrums

If I hear one more person say the Warriors are ruining basketball, I'm tearing out my eardrums

Y’all are a bunch of haters. I live in New York City. Unfortunately, sometimes I turn on the sports talk blah blah blah radio, you know just for kicks and for the accents. It’s a mishmash of screaming, hot takes, and more screaming. New York sports radio is basically like living in an echo chamber of regret, surrounded by bad teams. But there’s one thing that keeps coming up and coming up and being rehashed and reworked and oh man, I’m not sure if I can take it anymore. Seriously, if I hear one more person say that the Warriors, with Kevin Durant, are “ruining basketball,”...
Golden State Of Mind May 21, 2017
Explain One Play: Durant torches bigs off-ball

Explain One Play: Durant torches bigs off-ball

How Kevin Durant torched the Spurs switching defense by cutting off-ball, plus W’s defend LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 3 of the Spurs-Warriors series. Look up unfamiliar terms in the end glossary. A major theme of Explain One Play last year was how the Warriors countered switching defenses. In spring 2016, the Spurs popularized this defense against the Warriors motion offense. What was fiendishly clever about this is that the strategy done right takes away open shots off screens, but gives up size mismatches. So in theory, Stephen Curry can now roast a big slow defender, or Klay Thompson can...
Golden State Of Mind May 21, 2017
Warriors beat Spurs 120-108, take 3-0 series lead

Warriors beat Spurs 120-108, take 3-0 series lead

Facing a depleted Spurs roster, JaVale McGee and Kevin Durant were the stars of tonight’s big win. Yes, you read that correctly. The Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs in Saturday night’s 120-108 road win. San Antonio, as Jeff Van Gundy pointed out in tonight’s broadcast, used to be a “house of horrors” for the Warriors, but this season seems to be changing that trend. To be fair, though, the Spurs are still without Tony Parker and, more importantly, Kawhi Leonard. Tonight saw the departure of David Lee as well, as he landed badly and had to...
Golden State Of Mind May 20, 2017
2nd Half Gamethread: Whoa! Javale McGee is the leading scorer?

2nd Half Gamethread: Whoa! Javale McGee is the leading scorer?

In a see-saw first half, the Warriors pulled away at the end of the 2nd quarter to come out on top at the half: 64-55. Halftime JaVale - 16p/11mKD - 14p/6rSteph - 10p/3r/4sKlay - 10p/2rDraymond - 7p/5r/5aD-West - 3p/2a— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) May 21, 2017 Also...DAMNIT! We seem to have another player out. It sure as hell looks like David Lee is done. He came down awkwardly after a contested shot and immediately signaled to come out. The last we saw of him, he was getting a wheelchair ride to the locker room. What a bummer. Heal fast, Mr. Lee!!!!
Pounding The Rock May 20, 2017
Kawhi Leonard will not play against the Warriors in Game 3

Kawhi Leonard will not play against the Warriors in Game 3

The Spurs will have to try and make it a series without their MVP once again. The Spurs have announced that Kawhi Leonard will not play in Game 3 vs. the Golden State Warriors, per Coach Gregg Popovich. Kawhi Leonard will not play tonight, per Coach Pop— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 20, 2017 Despite the Warriors’ gut instincts telling them Leonard was going to play, it appears his ankle has not yet healed enough for him to give it a go. There is no word on if he’ll be ready for Game 4 or not. Jonathon Simmons played well starting in his absence, putting up a team high 22...
Golden State Of Mind May 20, 2017
Warriors vs. Spurs, Western Conference Finals Game 3 preview: Golden State travels to house of horrors

Warriors vs. Spurs, Western Conference Finals Game 3 preview: Golden State travels to house of horrors

The Warriors travel to their historic house of horrors to face the San Antonio Spurs for a critical game 3. The big story The Golden State Warriors doesn’t know whether or not MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard will play game 3 on Saturday. The do-it-all forward has had nearly a week off since his Game 1 injury, and his initial MRI revealed no structural damage. But local news reports that Leonard has not returned to practice, and should be a game-time decision. The Warriors rightly expect to see Leonard in the starting lineup. In game 2, the San Antonio Spurs’ offense never got going as it...
Golden State Of Mind May 19, 2017
NBA Awards - Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green among finalists

NBA Awards - Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green among finalists

The NBA awards are like most awards: everyone says they don’t really matter - except, they kinda do The NBA used to just randomly issue a press release, announcing one award at a time. Boring. This year, the NBA has shuffled their offseason schedule in order to try and drum up interest in these awards. And just generally make it more exciting. How do you make a fanbase care more about the annual Awards that are handed out? Throw a fancy party! This year, they’ve reformed the process into something of an Oscars night. Hosted by Drake (of course) and airing Monday, June 26 on TNT. As part...
Golden State Of Mind May 19, 2017
Peak levels: A recap of the Warriors first two rounds.

Peak levels: A recap of the Warriors first two rounds.

Recapping the Warriors first two rounds statistically and asking just what the hell is happening in the second quarter. While most fans have now turned their attention to the bright lights of the conference finals, I've spent the last couple of days kicking through the ashes of the opposition from the first two rounds. While sifting through data trying to dig up something worth studying I decided a nice starting place would be to compare and contrast the first two rounds this year (statistically) to the previous post-season. Which lead me to create this table: At the risk of sounding a...
Golden State Of Mind May 19, 2017
Could the Warriors’ starting five *really* beat the All-NBA first team?

Could the Warriors’ starting five *really* beat the All-NBA first team?

Let’s find out. Yesterday, after the All-NBA teams were announced — and not a single Warriors player was on the first team — the mothership SBNation.com had an interesting thought: Could the All-NBA first team, featuring LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis, beat the 2016-17 Warriors? All-NBA first team: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Anthony Davisvs. 2016-17 WarriorsWHO WOULD WIN?— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 18, 2017 Whoa. Whoa. Seriously, that is an interesting question. It’s a testament to how crazy...
Golden State Of Mind May 18, 2017
Should a Warriors championship get an asterisk?

Should a Warriors championship get an asterisk?

Many are crying foul about Golden State’s dominant season. Will those complaints be remembered for years to come? In school you’re taught to see both sides of an argument. In the end you may advocate for a certain position, but there’s great value in seeing the “other side” and acknowledging another’s point of view. Parents teach their children to empathize with others. Spouses try to see things through their partner’s eyes. People say to walk a mile in each other’s shoes. But in sports, this practice is virtually unheard of. Recency bias is so strong in sports that it seems...
Pounding The Rock May 18, 2017
A prescription to cure LaMarcus Aldridge’s ills against the Warriors

A prescription to cure LaMarcus Aldridge’s ills against the Warriors

Whether Kawhi Leonard is available or not, the Spurs’ power forward needs to get well in the Western Conference Finals. Much has already been said about LaMarcus Aldridge’s level of play in this postseason, and that’s because, frankly, there’s a lot to say. When he’s rolling, like in the Game 6 series-clincher against the Houston Rockets, it’s obvious why he was the most coveted free agent on the market in the summer of 2015. However, performances like his 4-for-11, four-rebound outing in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday leave Spurs fans justifiably...

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