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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 »

Howard’s agent says Dwight hasn’t made decision; Iguodula to Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA The Golden State Warriors have reportedly made a deal to unload Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush in a salary dump with the Utah Jazz in order to make a four-year, $48 million agreement with free agent Andre Iguodala. Yahoo! Sports first reported the Iguodula contract and other media outlets have confirmed it. A first round selection in what is anticipated to be a 2014 draft rich in talent also goes to Utah. However, the USA Today and San… Read More »

Warriors … lingering questions while pondering the future …

By TED SILLANPAA The Warriors did everything so right in their NBA playoff run … until about midway through the third quarter of decisive Game 6 against the Spurs in Oakland. It was then that it became clear that Golden State hit the wall and only Harrison Barnes was able to push through it and hustle forward. Shouldn’t it be a concern that, when their playoff lives were on the line, Barnes was the only Golden State player hustling back… Read More »

Either 3-pointers fall or Warriors will go down on Thursday

By TED SILLANPAA Mark Jackson’s inspired pep talks won’t save the Warriors. The club won’t suddenly develop a low-post offense that allows them to really grind it out in the halfcourt to beat the Spurs with layups and free throws. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson can’t defend more than one player apiece so Golden State’s defensive shortcomings aren’t going away, particularly when Jarrett Jack has played brilliantly offensively while offering nothing on the the defensive end. Jackson won’t do it,… 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 »

Game 2 win in San Antonio makes Warriors title contender

By TED SILLANPAA The Golden State Warriors are no longer that fun, little team that can’t really win in the NBA playoffs. Oh, media types will still mock the notion that they could actually reach the NBA Finals, but they’ve done nothing to show they can do just that. The Warriors went into San Antonio and manhandled the highly-favored Spurs for 3 1/2 quarters before losing Game 1 in double-overtime, then beat them 100-91 to get the game on the… Read More »

Game 3 Warriors’ help defense saved victory

From the arena in Oakland Ted Sillanpaa The Denver Nuggets won Game One of their NBA playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, in large part, because the Warriors failed to help on defense and allowed Andre Miller easy access to the rim for the game-winning hoop. The Warriors learned from the mistake and used helping team defense to preserve a victory in Game Three on Saturday night. Festus Ezeli’s quick reaction to pick up Ty Lawson when Klay Thompson… 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 that, if followed exactly, would win any team a title. The Warriors made over 60 percent of their field goal attempts and… Read More »