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Lee’s key, but Warriors can offer best player T’wolves could get for Love

The Timberwolves need to value David Lee, but they won't be offered a better player than Klay Thompson in trade for Kevin Love.

By TED SILLANPAA Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love is interested in being traded to the Golden State Warriors. And, the Warriors do have players of worth to package in a deal. It’s trade talk that’s only going to start if the Timberwolves or another NBA team find real value in Warriors All-Star forward David Lee. If Minnesota has interest in putting Lee on the frontline for the next two seasons and pay him the remaining $30 million on his… Read More »

Warriors need to focus solely on making NBA playoffs, not where they’re seeded

By TED SILLANPAA Look, the Golden State Warriors are a team that lives and dies by the perimeter jump shot. Stephen Curry is prone to the untimely turnover, which typically comes because he has the weight of carrying the team on his shoulders. Their best bigs, Andrew Bogut and David Lee, are sidelined by injuries that won’t necessarily heal any time soon. Let’s stop there. There’s no reason to panic. Just pump the brakes a little. Try to remember a… Read More »

Warriors’ Mark Jackson delivers, even as ownership tries to undermine his success

By TED SILLANPAA The Warriors are closing in on the Portland Trail Blazers in for the NBA Western Conference’s fifth playoff spot. They can finish this regular season with more victories than any Golden State team in the last 20, 25 seasons. They’ve got a group that seems to get along and accept the way their told to play their brand of exciting and entertaining basketball. Head coach Mark Jackson’s in the news for … what? He doesn’t get along… Read More »

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 turned ball over, shot poorly … still won Game 4 to prove they can make a miracle

By TED SILLANPAA Magic Johnson spent ABC’s halftime show reading the Warriors postseason obituary. It was hard to imagine Golden State, with Stephen Curry hobbled and foul troubles haunting the bigs, beating the Spurs Sunday or any other day. In fact, Magic said, “The shots aren’t falling for the Warriors. When the shots are falling, they can beat anybody. Jump-shooting teams just don’t win championships.” The Warriors wound up making just 38 percent of their shots in Game 4, and… Read More »

Warriors-Nuggets: Crowd noise impacted home team & beating the traps

From the arena in Oakland, Sunday at 5:55 p.m. By Ted Sillanpaa Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson said that the raucous Oakland crowd for Game 3 actually caused Golden State problems early on Friday. “We had difficulty yelling out the action on the pick and roll,” Jackson said. “Our bigs were calling out the screen like they’re supposed to, but with the crowd noise our guards couldn’t hear it and we got caught a couple times.” The Warriors addressed the problem.… Read More »

Warriors lose David Lee for remainder of playoffs

By TED SILLANPAA Twitter @tedsillanpa ted.sillanpaa@pressdemocrat.com Follow Sillanpaa on Facebook ¬†Golden State Warriors’ star David Lee has a torn right hip flexor and will be out for the remainder of the postseason. He suffered the injury in the second half of Saturday’s loss to Denver. The injury requires months to heal. Here’s a link to a story by Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson II, the best Warriors guy going. http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_23074603/warriors-david-lee-out-rest-playoffs-torn-right    

Close isn’t good enough for playoff novice Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA Twitter @tedsillanpa ted.sillanpaa@pressdemocrat.com The last thing the Warriors and their fans wanted to acknowledge was that the club utterly lacks NBA playoff experience. After Saturday’s gut-wrenching 97-95 loss to the Nuggets in Denver, that lack of playoff experience will be in the forefront of the conversation until Tuesday’s Game 2. Andre Miller’s drive to the hoop, against pretty solid defense from Draymond Green, should never in a million years have become a 1-on-1 duel between a tested… Read More »

And you wouldn’t get mad if David Lee busted your lip?

By TED SILLANPAA| Twitter @tedsillanpaa Enjoyed time off cashing in a small recreational wager on the Warriors after they beat the Lakers on Monday night. The wager isn’t important, I’m just setting up a small point by making it clear that I paid really close attention to that game. Golden State’s David Lee smashed his elbow into Dwight Howard’s face, cut Howard’s lip and forced the Lakers’ center to get stitches. Coming on the heels of the NCAA men’s basketball… 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 »