NBA Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are on a crash course for the NBA Finals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Are Cavs, Warriors too good for NBA’s own good?

It’s not often that TNT blowhard Charles Barkley has something good to…

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are on a crash course for the NBA Finals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green isn't too happy with the way the media is treating the things he says. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Draymond said Cleveland is playing great basketball (and a lot more)

OAKLAND — Draymond Green has no love for the headline grabs. Taking…

Draymond Green isn't too happy with the way the media is treating the things he says. (Jacob C. Palmer/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)
Dennis Rodman had a simple solution to the boredom of Salt Lake City: Going to Las Vegas. (Courtesy Bradley Park/Flickr)

What is a Warrior to do in Utah? Take a page from Dennis Rodman’s playbook

The Warriors are soon to face their first crisis of the postseason,…

Dennis Rodman had a simple solution to the boredom of Salt Lake City: Going to Las Vegas. (Courtesy Bradley Park/Flickr)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a basket during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Defense wins championships — and the Warriors look like champions

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr wasn’t in the building. His back pain, the…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a basket during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) takes the ball to the basket against the Utah Jazz during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors use speed to grow quick lead against Jazz

Golden State lands early blow in clash of styles with Jazz OAKLAND…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) takes the ball to the basket against the Utah Jazz during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and the Warriors asserted their will from the opening tip on Monday, completing their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors leave no room for doubt, sweep Blazers

Dubs blitz Blazers, cruise to some well-deserved time off PORTLAND, Ore. —…

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and the Warriors asserted their will from the opening tip on Monday, completing their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
JaVale McGee slams home a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, when the reserve center was again a differencemaker. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors play the ungracious guest in Portland

Warriors push Blazers to brink with impressive come-from-behind win PORTLAND, Ore. —…

JaVale McGee slams home a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, when the reserve center was again a differencemaker. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) congratulates Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) after dunking in the first quarter of Game 2 of the First Round of the Western Conference 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Depth overcomes lack of KD, Warriors roll Blazers in Game 2

OAKLAND — Undeterred by a gutting Game 7 in the NBA Finals…

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) congratulates Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) after dunking in the first quarter of Game 2 of the First Round of the Western Conference 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
They didn't win it all, but Stephen Curry and the 73 Dubs should always be remembered as great. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

It’s still a good day to be a Warriors fan

The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors ended their season as victims of their…

They didn't win it all, but Stephen Curry and the 73 Dubs should always be remembered as great. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Draymond Green took the blame for the Warriors losing Game 5. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Draymond free, Bogut out

Draymond Green will be back for Game 6. Andrew Bogut will not.…

Draymond Green took the blame for the Warriors losing Game 5. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks on the floor during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fans’ faith not enough against rejuvenated Cavs

The crowd had come for a coronation, a celebration, an evening of…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks on the floor during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving splits Klay Thompson, left, and Festus Ezeli during his game-high 41-point performance to lead the Cavs over the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Irving’s 41-point performance gives Cleveland new life

OAKLAND — Delay the parade. Temporarily, at least. With Draymond Green across…

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving splits Klay Thompson, left, and Festus Ezeli during his game-high 41-point performance to lead the Cavs over the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 for attempting to strike LeBron James' groin. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Lineup questions confront Kerr after Green suspension

The Golden State Warriors learned Sunday that they would be without one…

Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 for attempting to strike LeBron James' groin. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Draymond Green and LeBron James had a dustup in Game 4 of the NBA finals. (Ron Schwane/AP)

More Green nonsense arises as Warriors take 3-1 series lead

CLEVELAND — This is a day the Warriors and their fans should be…

Draymond Green and LeBron James had a dustup in Game 4 of the NBA finals. (Ron Schwane/AP)
Stephen Curry shot the Warriors to a 3-1 series lead on Friday. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Return of the Splash

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry got back to dropping deep shots, chomping on…

Stephen Curry shot the Warriors to a 3-1 series lead on Friday. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Stephen Curry played so poorly in Game 3, head coach Steve Kerr at one point asked him if he was feeling OK. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Dubs need Curry to be King

It’s your turn to step up, Stephen Curry, Mr. Unanimous Most Valuable…

Stephen Curry played so poorly in Game 3, head coach Steve Kerr at one point asked him if he was feeling OK. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Stephen Curry sits on the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Tony Dejak/AP)

‘Soft’ Warriors learn hard way in blowout loss

CLEVELAND — The Warriors had the Cleveland Cavaliers in more than a…

Stephen Curry sits on the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Cleveland fans didn't have a lot to cheer in the first two games of the NBA Finals. (Phil Long/AP)

Warriors aim to break streak of lost Game 3s

Don’t expect the rest of the NBA Finals to play anything like…

Cleveland fans didn't have a lot to cheer in the first two games of the NBA Finals. (Phil Long/AP)