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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 »

Stephen Curry’s support of Warriors coach should quiet criticism

By TED SILLANPAA Mark Jackson can take a different look at things today after weeks of rumors concerning how Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is building a case to rid the club of the winningest coach the club’s had in decades. The Bay Area News Group columnist and former Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson, and veteran BANG writer Carl Steward, reported that the Warriors’ leader and biggest star Stephen Curry supports Jackson without question. Curry told BANG’s first-rate crew… 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 … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Pressure’s on Denver, so Golden State will advance

By TED SILLANPAA Twitter @tedsillanpa ted.sillanpaa@pressdemocrat.com The Denver Nuggets who are big favorites to beat the Golden State Warriors in the first-round of the NBA playoffs no longer exist. Big-time post player Kenneth Faried has been out with a bum ankle and likely won’t play in Game One on Saturday. Danilo Gallinari was sidelined for the season with a knee injury weeks back. People don’t think that the injuries will hurt the Nuggets because they played well down the stretch.… Read More »