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Warriors fans: Spurs show 3 stars no sure thing however . . .

By TED SILLANPAA Golden State Warriors fans should note that it turns out having three big-time stars on one roster doesn’t assure that the path to an NBA championship will be smooth. Bay Area hoop fans should keep all of the following in mind as they lust to get Minnesota power forward Kevin Love to Oakland in trade. Keep in mind, too, that LeBron James could choose to become a free agent this summer. The latter piece of information is… Read More »

Analysts were wrong … wrong … wrong … but, they’re still sure Heat will win title

By TED SILLANPAA San Antonio Spurs’ veteran Manu Ginobili is done. Finished. He’ll never again be as effective as he has been through a Hall of Fame career. That’s what everybody with a microphone or a notebook was saying before Sunday’s game. What? He scored 24 points and had 10 assists in Game 5? Well, it doesn’t matter. You see, analysts explain that if the Miami Heat get big games from LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade … they’re… Read More »

Game-by-game analysis spoils stirring NBA Finals

By TED SILLANPAA The problem with the modern sports media has never been as apparent as during the exciting NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the underdog San Antonio Spurs. There have been two close, exciting, well-played games and two blowouts that came as such a surprise that even they were riveting. There was a time when the country would’ve been consumed by the Heat-Spurs series, by the battle between teams with contrasting styles. There would’ve been times when… Read More »

How important is post play? Heat have LeBron playing in the middle

By TED SILLANPAA The discussion among NBA fans who gather here has focused on the value of a dominating post presence and how the changes in the game at all levels leaves the NBA without many truly gifted big men who dominate at both ends of the court. I wrote a brief explanation of how the game has changed leading to the disappearance of the dominating post player. While it’s certainly not the most articulate or insightful explanation, I did… Read More »

Warriors have their star, defensive tenacity … just need rim protector

By TED SILLANPAA The Warriors’ Stephen Curry has become the go-to, clutch-shooting star that every really good NBA team needs. It’d be foolish to think Klay Thompson can’t become a star, too, despite his early season woes. David Lee’s having a career season. Golden State has been winning consistently because head coach Mark Jackson and assistant Pete Myers are throwback NBA tough guys who finally put together a Warriors’ team that plays defense, plays it well and doesn’t back down… Read More »