NBA Playoffs

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)
Steve Kerr will be back on the sidelines for the Golden State Warriors. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors get Steve Kerr back for Game 2 of the NBA Finals

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr will be back on the sidelines for the…

Steve Kerr will be back on the sidelines for the Golden State Warriors. (Jacob C. Palmer/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)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

4 things to watch for in the NBA Finals that are finally here

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors experienced an eight-day layover before their…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a three pointer 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)

How does Warriors-Cavs rank as an all-time NBA rivalry?

Highly — but don’t ask LeBron, Steph about it OAKLAND — When…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a three pointer 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)
Steve Kerr sits with members of his coaching staff after practice on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Unfortunately, it’s more of the same for Steve Kerr

OAKLAND — For the third time in the playoffs, Golden State Warriors…

Steve Kerr sits with members of his coaching staff after practice on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Mike Brown and the Warriors briefly had to pretend they didn't know who they'd play in the NBA Finals. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors forced to play pretend while Cavs take care of business

OAKLAND — The Warriors held practice during the morning. So, they had to…

Mike Brown and the Warriors briefly had to pretend they didn't know who they'd play in the NBA Finals. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
With the Chase Center opening, bringing pro hockey back to San Francisco only makes sense. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors need a partner, and Seals would be a cool fit

The Warriors Victory Tour is on hold for the rest of the…

With the Chase Center opening, bringing pro hockey back to San Francisco only makes sense. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches shootaround in the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Spurs coach expresses sympathy for Steve Kerr

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs head man Gregg Popovich and Golden State…

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches shootaround in the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/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)
Kawhi Leonard hobbles down the court after hurting his ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Kawhi out, Warriors aim to avoid letdown

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is holding…

Kawhi Leonard hobbles down the court after hurting his ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate after the end of the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three Warriors named to All-NBA teams

The Golden State Warriors won a league-best 67 games in the 2016-17…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate after the end of the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gregg Popovich was disappointed in the San Antonio Spurs’ ability to bounce back without Kawhi Leonard. If they can’t reverse that quickly, the Golden State Warriors will have plenty of downtime before the NBA Finals. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gregg Popovich’s act fails to motivate Kawhi-less Spurs

OAKLAND — When Gregg Popovich put on a show, calling Zaza Pachulia…

Gregg Popovich was disappointed in the San Antonio Spurs’ ability to bounce back without Kawhi Leonard. If they can’t reverse that quickly, the Golden State Warriors will have plenty of downtime before the NBA Finals. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to 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)
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich railed against Zaza Pachulia from the San Antonio Spurs’ hotel in San Francisco on Monday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Is it Dirty Zaza or Unlucky Kawhi? Depends on who you support

OAKLAND — The issue deals with laundry, more specifically uniforms, such as…

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich railed against Zaza Pachulia from the San Antonio Spurs’ hotel in San Francisco on Monday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kawhi Leonard was injured in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, which is an unfortunate situation for everyone — even if his absence did lead to a Warriors win. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Regrettable play leaves Spurs without best player, Warriors defending themselves

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors got blitzed out of the gates…

Kawhi Leonard was injured in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, which is an unfortunate situation for everyone — even if his absence did lead to a Warriors win. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Gregg Popovich made a case that Zaza Pachulia is a dirty player. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Spurs coach furious Warriors center injured Kawhi Leonard

OAKLAND — Kawhi Leonard was hurt in Game 1 of the Western Conference…

Gregg Popovich made a case that Zaza Pachulia is a dirty player. (Jacob C. Palmer/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)
Gregg Popovich remains a legend. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

WATCH: Gregg Popovich’s pregame comedy routine blasts Trump

OAKLAND — There's no one in pro sports quite like San Antonio…

Gregg Popovich remains a legend. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)