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Warriors Look to Build Momentum

For the past several seasons, one of the most exciting teams in the NBA has continued to be the Golden State Warriors. The Golden State Warriors have won three straight western conference championships and have won the NBA title in two of those seasons. The team, which is led by a variety of dynamic offensive players including Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson, has continued to be dominant and break a variety of scoring records.

While the Warriors are once again poised to move on to the playoffs, the team looks like they may have more competition than ever before to make it back to the NBA Finals. With only about 10 games left in the regular season, the Warriors sit about 3 games back of the first-place Houston Rockets. The Rockets have been led all year by starting guard James Harden, who also looks like a favorite to win the NBA MVP award.

As the Warriors end the regular season, they will have a number of very challenging games. One of these games occurred earlier this week when they played in a very tough game against the San Antonio Spurs (https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/20/golden-state-warriors-scores-highlights-san-antonio-spurs-news-injuries-stephen-curry-draymond-green-kevin-durant-joe-lacob/). The Spurs, who have also been a top team in the conference for nearly 20 years, have continued to find ways to slow the Warriors down. This past game was no different as the Warriors ended up losing by a score of 83-75, which is one of the lowest point totals that the team has had in a very long time.

Part of the reason why the team struggled was due to the fact that the team was recovering from a lot of different injuries. Four of the typical starters on the team did not play, including Curry and Durant. This left players Draymond Green and Quinn Cook to try and carry the load. While they both put forth a lot of effort, they were outmatched the whole game.

While the game is not necessarily a great indication of how the team will perform down the stretch due to the amount of players that were out of the game, it does show that they may not be as deep as they were in prior years. The Warriors will need to continue to rely on their top stars in order to succeed in the playoffs

Warriors Hold Off Clippers

Going into the 2017 NBA season, most people agreed that the Golden State Warriors would once again win the NBA championship. Through the first 60 games of the season, the Warriors appear to be headed in that direction. After winning two of the last three NBA championships, the team that is led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson, continues to look like the amazing offensive threat that it has been for the last several years.

The team currently has a record of 45 wins and 14 losses. This is good enough to have them tied for first place in the NBA based on record. While they have been far and away the best regular-season team for the last few years, they do have some new competition this year in the Houston Rockets. During the off-season, the Houston Rockets made one of the biggest moves in years by acquiring starting point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers. This has helped to make the Rockets another very dominant team as Paul and James Harden continue to put up big points and win a lot of games.

Due to the importance of having home-court advantage in the NBA playoffs, every game that the Warriors play is extremely important. This week, they had a very big game against the Los Angeles Clippers. While the Los Angeles Clippers have taken a step back this year, the team continues to be one of the most bitter rivals for the Warriors and always gives them a great game. While the Clippers once again were able to take the Warriors down to the wire, the Warriors once again were able to come out on top (http://www.nba.com/warriors/gameday/20180222/recap).

During a highly-contested game between the two teams, the Warriors ended up winning by a final score of 134-127. This was a very good game for the Warriors who looked fresh during the start of the game, which was the first game back after the All-Star break. The team held a lead that was as large as 18 points early on, but the persistence of the Clippers allowed them to chip back into the game and had the lead cut to under 10 with minutes to go and looked to be shooting very well at the end.

NBA to Return to Seattle for One Night Only

If you’re from anywhere around Washington, you know by now that the Seattle Supersonics were one of the greatest things about Seattle. When they were sold in 2008 and turned into the Oklahoma City Thunder, the entire city was in an uproar. It has been 10 years since then, and the NBA has big news.

For one night only, the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors are playing in the former home of the Sonics, the Key Arena. The news was released earlier today, and everyone is encouraged to wear their Sonics gear.

The Golden State Warriors are a popular enough team that lots of people will come up to Seattle just to see them. On Twitter, lots of different people are noticing that the NBA does look interested in putting a team back in Seattle. Why else would they hold a game there? Fans have been using the hashtag “#SonicsRising” to show their support, and to try to sell out the Kings-Warriors games, and fill the stands with green and yellow.

The Sonics were founded in 1968 under the name “Seattle Supersonics” and have been one of the most enduring parts of the city. The Sonics have only won one championship back in 1979, but have still been loved by the city throughout.

Today, you can often see “Bring the Sonics Back” merchandise roaming the streets of downtown Seattle. Even though the trade was 10 years ago, the dedicated fanbase is still very hurt and longing for another team back up in the Pacific Northwest.

Rumors are that the Kings may become the new Sonics, and that is why they are holding the game up here with the Kings and Warriors. Others suggest that the Milwaukee Bucks or Atlanta Hawks may be moved up to Seattle to wear the green and yellow jerseys the city adores.

Nevertheless, whether Seattle gets their Sonics back, the Kings-Warriors game will be one to watch. The game is scheduled for October 6th, 2018.

Vince Carter and the Warriors

Not too long ago Vince Carter was a rising star in the NBA, on par to become one of the greats. That was then, and this is now. Father time has never lost when it comes to aging sports stars. Vince Carter is and was a casualty of time. His skills diminished, along with his legacy. Unless you are an avid fan of the NBA, chances are you may have even thought that Vince Carter had already retired.

Carter has bounced around the NBA for a few years now, after a strong start with the Toronto Raptors. He has spent time in New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, and this year in Sacramento. With each of these teams, his role has diminished to where he comes in off the bench and provides a little scoring.

Recently Carter opened up open his free agency over the summer and his attempt to join the champion Golden State Warriors. Carter may be over-the-hill by NBA standards at 40 years of age, but he still wants to contribute. Going to a loaded team like the Warriors, Carter’s status as a bench warmer would almost have been certain. Even though his role has diminished with age, he still wants to come off the bench a provide a spark.

With the ideal in mind that Carter can still produce, he found a better offer with the Sacramento Kings, a $8 million deal for one year. He gets to come off the bench, provide some help, and still have a career in the NBA. Had he gone to the Warriors, he would have sat on the bench, made less money, and disappeared without a trace. There is still some spirit in the old-timer. In a recent game he had a break-a-way dunk that he even thought about turning into a reverse or windmill.

California Basketball Teams off to Strong Start

Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, a lot of eyes were on the teams in the state of California as several of them seemed to have very intriguing storylines entering the season. One of the teams that seemed to be the most interesting were the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors previously won the NBA title the previous season, which was their second championship in just three seasons.

Through the first couple of weeks of the NBA season, the Warriors seem to be getting off to a little bit of a slower start thing many teams would have expected. After the first eight games, the Warriors have a record of five wins and three losses. Wow that is still pretty good, it is well behind the pace that they were running at the last couple of years.

Another team of intrigue were the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers have been a solid team for the past five years, which was due in part to the fact that the team had star point guard Chris Paul. However, the team was never able to get over the hump with Paul and the player ended up moving on to the Houston Rockets in the offseason. While the Clippers were thought to struggle without Paul, they seem to have found a groove and are playing well without him. Through the first seven games of the year, the Clippers have five wins and two losses. Much of this success was due to the fact that big men Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan are continuing to play well and put up some big numbers.

The other Los Angeles team that has been the focal point this year are the LA Lakers. The Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in sports history, but have struggled to gain a footing ever since the retirement of Kobe Bryant. However, the team seems like they have finally found a star in second overall pick Lonzo Ball. Through his first few games as a NBA player, Ball seems like he could live up to the hype as he is averaging over 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. Overall, the Lakers have a record of 3 wins and 4 losses and look like they could compete for a playoff spot.

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

The Golden State Warriors captured their second NBA title in the past three years on Monday night as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The series had been seen as the rubber match between the two teams that were meeting in the Finals for the third consecutive year, the first time that had happened in league history.

 

The turning point in the game took place in the second quarter, with Cleveland leading by a 41-33 score. At that point, Golden State scored 28 of the next 32 points to take a 61-45 lead. At that point, a heated dispute between Golden State’s David West and the Cleveland duo of Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith resulted in technical fouls being assessed to all three players.

 

The Warriors held a 71-60 halftime advantage, with subsequent comeback attempts during the second half of action by the Cavaliers were never able to get the margin closer than three the rest of the game.

 

The Golden State duo of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry combined for 73 points on the night, with Durant’s 39 points cementing his award for Most Valuable Player in the series. While the victory for the Warriors was their second championship since 2015 and third in their history, it marks Durant’s first since he entered the NBA a decade ago.

 

Durant’s decision last year to leave his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors, caused much of the same criticism that the Cavaliers’ LeBron James had faced in 2010. That was when he left Cleveland to play for the Miami Heat, before returning to his hometown team four years later.

 

Despite the loss, James performed admirably in his seventh consecutive Finals appearance. He scored 41 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out eight assists. He also made league history by becoming the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double, which are double-digit numbers in three different statistical categories.