Kevin Durant

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates the Golden State Warriors becoming NBA Champions after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Andre Iguodala plays critical role in Dubs title — again

OAKLAND — Kevin Durant was the clear choice for Finals MVP, but…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates the Golden State Warriors becoming NBA Champions after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sweet redemption: Warriors become first Bay Area team to win title at home since 1974

OAKLAND — Now inevitability was about to become reality. Fewer  than four…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Confetti falls as the Golden State Warriors celebrate beating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals to become NBA Champions at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors complete most successful NBA playoffs run in history

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry dribbled out the shot clock in the final…

Confetti falls as the Golden State Warriors celebrate beating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals to become NBA Champions at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul called while defending Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors redeem themselves against Cavs, win second title in last three years

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock of Game 5 of…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul called while defending Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Draymond Green react after a first quarter foul call in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

Cavaliers end Warriors’ pursuit of a perfect postseason

CLEVELAND — The Golden State Warriors took the Cleveland Cavaliers’ best punch…

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Draymond Green react after a first quarter foul call in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green argues with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James while Stephen Curry shoots foul shots during the second quarter in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal)

Cavs beat Warriors by going bonkers from deep, an unsustainable approach

CLEVELAND — Going 16-0 in the postseason was never the goal for…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green argues with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James while Stephen Curry shoots foul shots during the second quarter in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal)
The Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert is hammered inside by the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during the fourth quarter on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Warriors won, 118-113, for a 3-0 series lead. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

KD drains cold-blooded 3, snatches souls of Cavs fans everywhere

CLEVELAND — Midwesterners view sports differently than Californians. Sure, West Coast fans are…

The Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert is hammered inside by the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during the fourth quarter on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Warriors won, 118-113, for a 3-0 series lead. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)
Steph Curry. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Steph Curry. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Who will win their first Finals MVP this year? Kevin Durant is leading the race right now, but Stephen Curry could win it with a big Game 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Who is the Warriors’ Finals MVP?

CLEVELAND — Soon, the Golden State Warriors will win their second title…

Who will win their first Finals MVP this year? Kevin Durant is leading the race right now, but Stephen Curry could win it with a big Game 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) looks on during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cavs have no answers for Steph and KD, again

OAKLAND — Less than three minutes into the second half of the…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) looks on during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls out plays during Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Return of Kerr, Klay’s shooting are welcome sights for Warriors

OAKLAND — One of them hadn’t been seen. The other hadn’t been…

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls out plays during Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a loss against the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors can’t stop LeBron, settle for Cavs teammates

OAKLAND — How do you stop LeBron James, the unstoppable force of…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a loss against the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles behind his back as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) reaches for the ball during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors claim 2-0 lead in Finals thanks to yet another 3rd-quarter burst

OAKLAND — Less than three minutes into the second half of the Golden…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles behind his back as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) reaches for the ball during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors expect Cavs to change gameplan — Cleveland vet disagrees

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers said after Game 1 that it was…

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry soars for a layup as Manu Ginobli can only watch. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors headed to third-straight NBA Finals after sweeping West playoffs

Fo’, Fo’, Fo’ equals three SAN ANTONIO — The Golden State Warriors…

Stephen Curry soars for a layup as Manu Ginobli can only watch. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors roll as Popovich plays long game

SAN ANTONIO — Sports can be so simple. For the San Antonio…

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Forget James Harden — Kevin Durant is the real MVP now

Quick — somebody allow me a rewrite of history. There has been a…

Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The matchup of Kawhi Leonard against Kevin Durant is always entertaining. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

5 things to watch for in Warriors’ overdue series against Spurs

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors welcome their first postseason opponent who…

The matchup of Kawhi Leonard against Kevin Durant is always entertaining. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant’s brilliance pushes Utah to the brink of elimination

The Golden State Warriors didn’t play particularly well on Saturday. They threw…

Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after he makes a jumper against the Utah Jazz during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jazz’s best doesn’t matter against Warriors

OAKLAND — The Utah Jazz got what they needed desperately: Their two…

Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after he makes a jumper against the Utah Jazz during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)