NBA Playoffs

Before they were perennial all stars and and household names, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were international basketball champions. As members of Team USA, the Splash Brothers beat Serbia in the final World Basketball match at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, in 2014.  (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)

Curry decides NBA legacy trumps quest for gold medal

The Greatest Basketball Player on Earth will not be representing the United…

Before they were perennial all stars and and household names, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were international basketball champions. As members of Team USA, the Splash Brothers beat Serbia in the final World Basketball match at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, in 2014.  (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Draymond assumes role of star in latest installment of Warriors’ tour de force

Strength in numbers, indeed. If it isn’t Steph, it’s Klay. If it…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrate during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Dubs submit all-time performance to take 2-0 series lead

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors fans have gotten accustomed to what happened…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrate during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Harrison Barnes and the Golden State Warriors just might have stolen Game 1 of the NBA Finals from the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

What will it be, Dubs — short series or long one?

Thoughts on Game 2 of the NBA Finals while Balls tries to…

Harrison Barnes and the Golden State Warriors just might have stolen Game 1 of the NBA Finals from the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images via AP, Pool)

Iguodala emerges as star of series opener

So why should we be surprised by anything — and that’s anything…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images via AP, Pool)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks on Thursday about officiating and the league's attempts to increase transparency in advance of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

It isn’t the Hunger Games, it’s the NBA

Warriors fans have latched onto a certain chant this postseason: “Ref, you…

NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks on Thursday about officiating and the league's attempts to increase transparency in advance of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Livingston paces Dubs in drubbing of Cavs

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors didn’t win 73 regular season games…

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Stephen Curry dunks during practice on Wednesday. The Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Champs face tougher challenge in LeBron, Cavs this time

You wanted it. ABC wanted it. The NBA sure as heck wanted…

Stephen Curry dunks during practice on Wednesday. The Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Klay Thompson has been one of the best players in this postseason. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Klay Thompson poised to be the key to Dubs repeat

OAKLAND — On paper, the NBA Finals matchup is the same as…

Klay Thompson has been one of the best players in this postseason. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
LeBron James and Stephen Curry headline a repeat of last year's finals. (Tony Dejak/AP)

NBA Finals tale of the tape: Warriors vs. Cavs part 2

After completing the best regular season in history, the Golden State Warriors…

LeBron James and Stephen Curry headline a repeat of last year's finals. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Kevin Durant will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Warriors will have an opportunity to match any offer Harrison Barnes accepts. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Upcoming free agent bonanza portends NBA dark days

Nearly every NBA team has been eliminated, so most fans are turning…

Kevin Durant will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Warriors will have an opportunity to match any offer Harrison Barnes accepts. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Curry punishes OKC big men, Dubs advance

OAKLAND — The days of successfully switching a big man onto Stephen…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Familiar feeling returns to Warriors fans at Oracle

It was Steph. It was defense. It was Shaun. It was the…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Thunder bench could only watch as Andre Iguodala's (not pictured) defense set up scoring runs by the Splash Brothers. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Iguodala bolsters rep as postseason stopper

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Splash Brothers will get most of the credit…

The Thunder bench could only watch as Andre Iguodala's (not pictured) defense set up scoring runs by the Splash Brothers. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Klay Thompson, above, soars to dunk the ball in the fourth quarter of Game 6 on Saturday in Oklahoma City.  (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Klay Thompson’s 41 equals 7

OKLAHOMA CITY — Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored…

Klay Thompson, above, soars to dunk the ball in the fourth quarter of Game 6 on Saturday in Oklahoma City.  (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates after scoring against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the Western Conference finals Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Dubs welcome back vintage Draymond

Hi, Draymond, and welcome back to our world, really to your world,…

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates after scoring against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the Western Conference finals Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Anchored by a resurgent Andrew Bogut, the Golden State Warriors' defense was much improved in Game 5 on Thursday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Golden State’s quest for title No. 5 survives Game 5

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors extended their season at least one…

Anchored by a resurgent Andrew Bogut, the Golden State Warriors' defense was much improved in Game 5 on Thursday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Klay Thompson (11) reacts in the final moments against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Thunder won 118-94. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

For stumbling Warriors, it’s back to drawing board

Five takeaways from Game 4 of The Blowout Formerly Known As The…

Klay Thompson (11) reacts in the final moments against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Thunder won 118-94. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Golden State blown out in back-to-back contests in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY — It was a disastrous trip to Oklahoma City for…

Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Draymond Green avoided a suspension on Monday and will play Game 4 in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Green granted reprieve, will play Game 4

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Golden State Warriors received some good news a…

Draymond Green avoided a suspension on Monday and will play Game 4 in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)