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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 »

Here’s how the Warriors can add talent, depth to roster

By Ted Sillanpaa The Golden State Warriors didn’t land Dwight Howard, but the addition of Andre Iguodula gives them a team rich in perimeter talent and adds a gritty rebounder-defender who can take on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, etc. The Warriors do have some ability to add players even without money available under the salary cap. They picked up two Trade Player Exceptions from Utah in the salary-dump deal. The TPEs could enable the Warriors to deal them… 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 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 »

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 »

Warriors finally hit inevitable slump

By TED SILLANPAA Last month, it started to seem as though the Golden State Warriors were actually in a position to push their way into the third seed in the NBA Western Conference playoffs. They’d defeated the Los Angeles Clippers again and it just seemed like these Warriors could over-achieve, get the No. 3 seed and enhance their chances of postseason succes Things have changed after three straight losses, heading into a gave where the Dallas Mavericks jumped to a… 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 »