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These Warriors inferior to last spring’s Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA The Golden State Warriors are in the seventh seeded spot in the NBA Western Conference playoff race, just a half-game out of the eighth and final spot. That shouldn’t surprise anyone because these Warriors are no better, and might be significantly less talented, than the team that squeaked into the postseason a year ago. Fans and the media got caught up in the thrilling playoff series win over the Denver Nuggets. Then, when the young Warriors were… Read More »

Warriors found championship formula in Denver

By TED SILLANPAA Twitter @tedsillanpa Follow Sillanpaa on Facebook ted.sillanpaa@pressdemocrat.com Woa! Wait! No. I’m not suggesting that a win in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs in Denver means that the Warriors have poven they can win the NBA championship. I’m simply pointing out that they did everything so well in beating the Nuggets that they created a formula┬áthat, if followed exactly, would win any team a title. The Warriors made over 60 percent of their field goal attempts and… Read More »

’74-’75 Warriors hint that we don’t know what today’s Warriors can accomplish

By TED SILLANPAA We’ve gotten a little too used to believing that we know in advance who’ll win the game and, then, reach the playoffs. I don’t need to go back to my youth, decades ago, to give an example of how the most unlikely champions emerge, but I will because the most unlikely championship team of my lifetime were the 1974-75 Golden State Warriors. It’s actually instructive to take a quick, if long, trip down Memory Lane to briefly… Read More »

Warriors need a star … and it won’t be Harrison Barnes

By TED SILLANPAA The Golden State Warriors have a team filled with complimentary players. Forward Carl Landry and guard Jarrett Jack come off the bench to do things every championship team needs done in every game all season long. Andrew Bogut, when healthy, will defend the rim and do things offensively that a playoff team asks a big man to do. Stephen Curry is a lights-out shooter, one of the best in the NBA. Power forward David Lee does all… Read More »