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Commentary: Steph Curry, the Warriors’ cornerstone, finds the redemption he sought

OAKLAND — Steph Curry, with his youngest daughter Ryan in his arms, ran onto the championship podium. Screaming screaming into the sea of yellow, bouncing with with joy.

This is what validation looks like.

“It’s kinda hard to argue what I’ve done and what’s going on here,” Curry said, flashing a smile, acknowledging a rare moment of touting his own horn. “I will say that.”

For nearly a calendar year, he has had to swallow the slights, the questions about his eliteness. He’s been called overrated, classless, weak, soft, unclutch, unworthy, And he just had to eat it.

It’s the price of admission

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/12/commentary-steph-curry-the-warriors-cornerstone-finds-the-redemption-he-sought/
Date: 1497339821

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Warriors rally to beat Cavaliers, are one win from perfect playoff run

Commentary: Now, Warriors seek vengeance in form of 16-0

CLEVELAND — And now, it’s time to exorcise demons.

After shattering the hope of the Cavaliers with an 11-0 run to dramatically snatch Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors are on the verge of history. Again. One game from being immortalized.

Last year, they failed to close the deal, punctuating their record 73-win season with an epic collapse. But after the 118-113 win Wednesday, nullifying the Cavaliers’ best performance of the series, the Warriors can make amends for the unthinkable by pulling off the unthinkable.

Because the best rebuttal they could craft after blowing a 3-1 lead is going 16-0. The

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/07/commentary-now-warriors-seek-vengeance-in-form-of-16-0/
Date: 1496904888

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Five reasons the Warriors won’t collapse against the Cavaliers

OAKLAND — After two dominating performances, the Warriors up are 2-0 in the NBA Finals.

But, ahem, they’ve done that part before.

“We know. Trust me, we know,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said late Sunday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, know, too, so they head home for Game 3 on Wednesday with a disproportionate amount of confidence for a team that just got their hats handed to them. The Cavs were in this boat a year ago, righted the ship and won the championship in seven games.

The Warriors can’t blow it again … can they?

“They’re going to keep coming, man, there’s a lot

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/05/five-reasons-the-warriors-wont-collapse-against-the-cavaliers/
Date: 1496730955

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Pat Riley predicts Magic Johnson’s new role with Lakers to entail patience … and drafting Lonzo Ball

LOS ANGELES – The two close friends laughed endlessly almost as soon as they walked on the stage Monday night. Then, Magic Johnson and Pat Riley relived memories of their time together with the Showtime Lakers.

Nearly 45 minutes later, Riley addressed a more sobering subject, offering some honesty and perhaps some inside information regarding Johnson’s first season as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.

“When things aren’t going good the first year, he’s going to go down there and want to be Lonzo Ball’s mentor … ” Riley said, his trailing off.

Some in the audience for the American Express-sponsored event at

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Date: 1496730944

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Andre Iguodala’s next big moment: A LeBron shutdown would further his legacy

OAKLAND — Andre Iguodala is not a Hall of Famer. That’s his take on the matter, anyway.

“I mean, even some guys in there now don’t belong, in my opinion,” Iguodala, 33, said. “Then there’s other guys that aren’t in there that belong. (Chris Webber) didn’t make the Hall of Fame and he should be in there. There’s only certain guys whose game would transition to any era. I think he was one of them.”

That it is even a conversation, Iguodala being a Hall of Famer, is a testament to the reclamation project he’s completed on his career and his

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/31/andre-iguodalas-next-big-moment-a-lebron-shutdown-would-further-his-legacy/
Date: 1496295923

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Warriors sweep Spurs to reach 3rd straight NBA Finals

  • The Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, left, Shaun Livingston, rear, and JaVale McGee, right, surround the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili during the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    The Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, left, Shaun Livingston, rear, and JaVale McGee, right, surround the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili during the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/22/warriors-sweep-spurs-to-reach-3rd-straight-nba-finals/
Date: 1495512742

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Avery Bradley’s 3 pointer helps Boston upset Cleveland

By TOM WITHERSAP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced around the rim and dropped in with less than a second left and the Boston Celtics, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions’ 13-game postseason winning streak.
Bradley’s shot from the left wing bounced on the rim four times before going down. It capped a furious comeback by the Celtics, who trailed by 21 in the third quarter before rallying to tighten up

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Date: 1495425766

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LeBron James, Cavaliers dismantle Celtics with record-setting rout for 2-0 series lead

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, blocks a shot by Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley during first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) ORG XMIT: BX110

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, blocks a shot by Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley during first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) ORG XMIT: BX110

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NBA Draft Lottery: Lakers retain pick, will select at No. 2 again

NEW YORK – Nearly a month after they spent a season navigating the learning curves of a young team under a first-year coach, the Lakers gained something that could reduce their frustration and accelerate their rebuilding process.

The Lakers received the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday, the third consecutive year they have avoided having to surrender the consolation prize for a disappointing season to the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s also the third consecutive season they will draft second, this time behind the rival Boston Celtics.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/16/nba-draft-lottery-lakers-retain-draft-pick-with-no-2-selection/
Date: 1494990758

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