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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 »

Don’t compare Curry to CP3 in long season ahead

By TED SILLANPAA Stephen Curry can’t turn the ball over 11 times in many games this season if the Warriors hope to reach their lofty goals. However, he will consistently turn it over more often than the Clippers’ Chris Paul — and that will be perfectly alright. Paul scored 42 points with 15 assists and 6 steals Thursday night as the Clippers beat the Warriors 125-116. Curry scored 38 points with 9 assists and 3 rebounds in what some seemed… 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 »

Seth Curry’s injury problems make him unlikely to land with Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA My middle son became a rabid Duke men’s basketball fan in about, oh, 1992. Since then, I’ve followed the Blue Devils more closely than any basketball team on earth. I started to share his interest and became the two of us just loving Duke hoops like we also love Notre Dame football. So, given that I saw more of Seth Curry as a senior at Duke than I did Steph Curry in his breakout season with the… Read More »

Pivot play has changed with players in NBA, rest of basketball

Readers have discussed the importance of quality pivot play, the need for an offensive threat at the center position in the NBA. When one asked me what I thought about the state of pivot play and how it got to where it is today … my response seemed like something worth sharing. — TED By TED SILLANPAA Pivot play has changed as has the game of basketball. The game doesn’t revolve around a dominant center … hasn’t for years. The… 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 »