6:14 PM EDT, Fri May 25, 2018
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GSoM roundtable Part I: Fire up the panic-o-meter!

GSoM roundtable Part I: Fire up the panic-o-meter!

Taking the temperature of the GSoM crew, with the Warriors facing elimination in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are one game away from the end of their season. On a scale of 1-10 what’s your level of panic right now? Daniel: What was Tom Brady’s panic level at halftime vs Atlanta in the Super Bowl? I’m gonna say a 1: tested champions (and also action movie stars) never panic in crisis. But it sucks to be one game from death. Chris Paul looked super hurt and James Harden is struggling. Game 5 was the Rockets final punch if CP3 is down. Charlie: My panic for Game 6 is equal...
3 hours ago
Warriors struggle to win, maintain identity in huge Game 5 loss

Warriors struggle to win, maintain identity in huge Game 5 loss

Their backs truly against the wall, Golden State is officially out of time to figure things out. With 53 seconds remaining, Chris Paul crumpled to the floor, his right leg awkwardly held akimbo. Down just one point, with time ticking down on the game, Quinn Cook capitalized on Paul’s inability to make it back on defense, but missed as Paul looked on while clutching his hamstring. It was the story of game five of the Western Conference Finals, unfolding in an allegory for the entire series. The Houston Rockets give the Golden State Warriors very little room for error, and if the Warriors...
5 hours ago
Chris Paul will miss Game 6 due to a hamstring injury

Chris Paul will miss Game 6 due to a hamstring injury

Unfortunately, the series will resume without another key player. The injury bug has, unfortunately, struck again. Houston Rockets superstar Chris Paul hurt his hamstring near the end of Thursday’s Game 5 while attempting an awkward shot over Jordan Bell. Paul immediately left the game, though was in good spirits and optimistic afterwards. It didn’t take long for the team to determine some severity for the injury, as it was announced early Friday that Paul would sit out of Saturday’s Game 6. Rockets star Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of West Finals with a hamstring strain.— Shams...
7 hours ago
Warrior Wonder: The Warriors really need Andre Iguodala

Warrior Wonder: The Warriors really need Andre Iguodala

The Warriors are missing Andre Iguodala more than anyone could have expected. So here we are. One game from what they’ve been toying with all year. One game from elimination and a summer full of ‘they ain’t even that good’ takes. How did we get here? Well, the last two games have been chock full of the kinds of mental mistakes a season worth of building bad habits get you. Turnovers galore, rushed shots, and a complete lack of composure and poise when it really matters. A team that kills you I remember the days when the Warriors went for the kill. This was the franchise that won...
18 hours ago
Warriors down 3-2 after losing Game 5 to the Rockets 98-94

Warriors down 3-2 after losing Game 5 to the Rockets 98-94

The Warriors find themselves down 3-2 and facing elimination in the Western Conference Finals after an ugly loss to the Rockets. Man this game was a tough pill to swallow. The Golden State Warriors lost Game 5 to the Houston Rockets 98-94 and will now have to win the final 2 games of the Western Conference Finals to get back to the NBA Finals. This is unfamiliar territory for this rendition of the Warriors, as the team hasn’t faced an elimination game since the 2015-16 season when Kevin Durant was still in a different jersey. What they can take solace in however, is that they managed to...
20 hours ago
Warriors vs Rockets Game 5 halftime score: Tied up at 45

Warriors vs Rockets Game 5 halftime score: Tied up at 45

Things are getting intense: Game 5 started the way Game 4 ended: With the Golden State Warriors looking stagnant on offense, with no rhythm, and having a hard time scoring. Thankfully, their defense kept them treading water long enough that they could crawl back in it. And now we have ourselves one heck of a game, with the Warriors and Houston Rockets tied 45-45. And the Warriors have quite a bit of momentum heading into the third. For Golden State, it was all Kevin Durant early, as he seemed to be the only player who could get anything going. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry starter to...
21 hours ago
Warriors vs Rockets, Game 5: Andre Iguodala out, Klay Thompson in

Warriors vs Rockets, Game 5: Andre Iguodala out, Klay Thompson in

It’s the most important game of the series, and the Warriors will be without one starter, but thankfully not two. If you’re nervous, I don’t particularly blame you. This is the 97th game of the year for both the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, and it is by far the most important for both. With the series tied at two games apiece, the winner of the game will have two chances - one at home and one on the road - to clinch the series, and advance to the NBA Finals. In other words, both teams have their backs against the wall, which makes this game as nerve-wracking as it...
May 24, 2018
Video: Rockets pressure causes all kinds of problems for the Warriors

Video: Rockets pressure causes all kinds of problems for the Warriors

Game 4 provided a lot of learning lessons for Golden State. Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals was crazy. The Golden State Warriors jumped out to a 12-0 lead, and it looked like the game - and the series - was over. But the Houston Rockets rallied back to take a seven-point lead into halftime. Golden State dominated the third quarter, and led by ten entering the final frame. Once more, Houston battled back, holding the Warriors’ offense quiet in the fourth. Ultimately, the Rockets won, and regained home court advantage heading into Thursday night’s Game 5. So how, exactly, did...
May 24, 2018
Steph Curry and Kevin Durant make All-NBA teams

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant make All-NBA teams

Durant found a home on the first team, while Curry made the third team. It should come as no surprise that the Golden State Warriors had a few names listed when the league announced the 2017-18 All-NBA teams. Kevin Durant was selected to the first team, while Stephen Curry made the third team. The third team is an odd place for Curry, since he’s clearly much better than that. However, voters apparently felt that the large number of games he missed was enough to dock him a little bit, though not enough to leave him off the list entirely. Curry received two first team votes, 39 second team...
May 24, 2018

The play styles that defined Game 4, in gif form

Let’s take an actual look at the plays that defined game four of the Western Conference Finals. This season, GSoM hasn’t had to cover many close games. We talk a lot about larger themes in the game like fatigue, styles and lineups — which are completely necessary — but some of the best analysis is derived by diving into key plays. Apricot is the master of explaining plays, much better than us. That said, there are countless Game 4 moments to examine and discuss. As Dinohealth and Missing Barry have already stated in FanPosts, there may be something to discuss in regards to the...
May 24, 2018
Preview: Warriors limp into Houston with series tied at 2-2

Preview: Warriors limp into Houston with series tied at 2-2

After a horrid loss in Game 4, the Warriors travel to Beyonce’s hometown for a critical Game 5 against the Rockets. I’ll keep it brief. Game 4 was an emotional roller coaster with great twists and turns that ultimately ended with everyone puking on each other. Today is a new day. Klay Thompson strained his knee and tried playing through it. Andre Iguodala was out with a leg contusion. Their injuries played a role in the Warriors fourth quarter collapse, but the Warriors lost on their own. Their play was defined by bad shots and a lack of focus. The Dubs made three field goals in the...
May 23, 2018
Should the Warriors have called timeout?

Should the Warriors have called timeout?

No. Except maybe yes. Tuesday night’s Game 4 between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets came down to the final possession. Down two, the Warriors got the ball back on a rebound with just over 10 seconds remaining, and a prime opportunity to tie or win the game. They didn’t. Kevin Durant brought the ball down the court, and ultimately passed to a well-guarded Klay Thompson. Thompson tried to drive and create space, couldn’t achieve any, and forced up a shot that badly missed. Ball game. Since things didn’t work in Golden State’s favor, there’s been a lot of...
May 23, 2018
Celtics vs Cavs, Game 5: Can Cleveland win on the road?

Celtics vs Cavs, Game 5: Can Cleveland win on the road?

It’s a tied series as the teams head back to Boston. The Eastern Conference Finals are shaping up to be quite a series. The Boston Celtics won the first two games very handily, and it was looking like they’d make quick work of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then the Cavs won Games 3 and 4, also relatively easily. Just like that, it’s a three game series, and some highly compelling TV. What: Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5, Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (series tied 2-2) When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Time: 5:30 p.m. PT TV: ESPN Radio: ESPN Radio Options for cable cutters: Sling...
May 23, 2018
Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala are both questionable for Game 5

Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala are both questionable for Game 5

The Warriors could be seriously shorthanded in Houston. Things are starting to get tense for the Golden State Warriors. After blowing some big leads during Tuesday’s Game 4, the Warriors find themselves tied with the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. Both teams have won two games, effectively making it a best of three series. And Houston has home court advantage. And now things might be getting even more difficult, as the Warriors could be out two starters for Thursday’s Game 5. Andre Iguodala, who missed Game 4 due to a knee contusion, is questionable for Game 5. Klay...
May 23, 2018
Warrior Wonder: That third quarter burst is what makes Golden State special

Warrior Wonder: That third quarter burst is what makes Golden State special

In a typically dominant third, Warriors displayed what works. Generally, these Warrior Wonder articles are meant to highlight the player who best represents the Golden spirit — whether that be an over-achieving role player, or someone like Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant doing their normal “dominate every night” thing. For this one though, I’m taking it another direction: the Warrior Wonder for this game is our third quarter, which embodies what makes this team special. The Warriors had seven assists in the third quarter We were +17 in the third, but I would posit that the assists...