San Antonio Spurs

Draymond Green took the torch as the best power forward in the league this season. (Darren Abate/AP)

As TD mulls retirement, best PF title is Draymond’s

Change is, paradoxically, one of the few constants in the human experience,…

Draymond Green took the torch as the best power forward in the league this season. (Darren Abate/AP)
Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder enter the Western Conference Finals red hot. (Alonzo Adams/AP)

Thunder rolling into the Bay Area

After getting blown out and buried by the media following Game 1,…

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder enter the Western Conference Finals red hot. (Alonzo Adams/AP)
Gregg Popovich and most NBA fans were dismayed with the way Game 1 of that series ended. But, it’s all business as usual for the league. (Eric Gay/AP)

NBA or WWE? Blown calls leave many to wonder again

For the longest time, Balls wasn’t into conspiracy theories. Preposterous, it thought…

Gregg Popovich and most NBA fans were dismayed with the way Game 1 of that series ended. But, it’s all business as usual for the league. (Eric Gay/AP)
Despite what other teams contending for a title are doing, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the rest of Golden State’s stars are playing big minutes recently to chase the record for most wins in a regular season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Taking down the record or bust

OAKLAND — If anyone still doubted whether the Golden State Warriors were…

Despite what other teams contending for a title are doing, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the rest of Golden State’s stars are playing big minutes recently to chase the record for most wins in a regular season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green tangles with San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kevin Martin during the first half of Saturday's game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (Darren Abate/AP)

Curry, Warriors have met the enemy

What, you thought it would be a three-month game of hopscotch, a…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green tangles with San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kevin Martin during the first half of Saturday's game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (Darren Abate/AP)
The Cal men's basketball team was bounced out of the NCAA tournament in the round of 64 by Hawaii. Marking a disappointing finish to a confounding season. (Young Kwak/AP)

Poof! ‘Loaded’ Cal leaves legacy of March Badness

Geez, that didn’t last long, did it? What had been called the…

The Cal men's basketball team was bounced out of the NCAA tournament in the round of 64 by Hawaii. Marking a disappointing finish to a confounding season. (Young Kwak/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The trick: Winning 73 while resting Curry

That was Draymond Green, ha ha, strutting downcourt and laughing as the…

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shoots during practice on Thursday, Feb. 18. (Ben Margot/AP)

Warriors embark on more history

With a 48-4 record and last year's NBA championship trophy in their…

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shoots during practice on Thursday, Feb. 18. (Ben Margot/AP)
Stephen Curry drives past LaMarcus Aldridge during the Warriors 120-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at Oracle Arena. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Warriors untouchable in historic ride

The Warriors-Spurs showdown was supposed to be a hotly contested game between…

Stephen Curry drives past LaMarcus Aldridge during the Warriors 120-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at Oracle Arena. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Warriors' Stephen Curry signals to his team in front of Spurs' Patty Mills (8) during the game Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Curry leaves Popovich queasy

One never knows if Gregg Popovich, the NBA’s reigning smartass, is serious…

Warriors' Stephen Curry signals to his team in front of Spurs' Patty Mills (8) during the game Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Stephen Curry and the Warriors will face the San Antonio Spurs on Monday in what could be one of their most challenging matchups this year.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

At last, Warriors, Spurs ready to rumble

The NBA regular season has often been derided for its endless procession…

Stephen Curry and the Warriors will face the San Antonio Spurs on Monday in what could be one of their most challenging matchups this year.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LeBron James insists he was as surprised as everyone else when he heard of David Blatt's firing. (Ben Margot/2015 AP)

Blatt’s All, Folks: LeBron Wanted Mark Jackson

In addition to revolutionizing basketball, the Warriors have contributed mightily to discombobulating…

LeBron James insists he was as surprised as everyone else when he heard of David Blatt's firing. (Ben Margot/2015 AP)
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacts as he enters the court in his return from back surgery, before the Warriors’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Kerr return has Warriors in championship mode

Coaches are meant to be second-guessed, not revered, but little about Steve…

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacts as he enters the court in his return from back surgery, before the Warriors’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was fired Friday. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Blatt fired after Warriors drubbing

CLEVELAND — David Blatt's second NBA season seemed to be going better…

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was fired Friday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
The San Antonio Spurs' core group — including, from left, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — have been playing together for years, which makes them the best candidates for stopping the Warriors' return to the NBA Finals this season. (Darren Abate/AP)

Fear the Spurs? The Warriors Don’t

Now that the Warriors have exposed LeBron James and his supporting gags…

The San Antonio Spurs' core group — including, from left, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — have been playing together for years, which makes them the best candidates for stopping the Warriors' return to the NBA Finals this season. (Darren Abate/AP)
Even with LaMarcus Aldridge, above, the San Antonio Spurs are hardly the perfect team. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Don’t crown same old(er) Spurs just yet

Now if you want to crown the San Antonio Spurs as the…

Even with LaMarcus Aldridge, above, the San Antonio Spurs are hardly the perfect team. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl, center, will have a new cast of characters in the upcoming NBA season. (Chris Schneider/AP)

Don’t sleep on those crazy Kings

While all eyes are on the Warriors this summer, don’t lose sight…

Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl, center, will have a new cast of characters in the upcoming NBA season. (Chris Schneider/AP)
With the San Antonio Spurs’ recent signing of LaMarcus Aldridge, right, Stephen Curry and the Warriors have another obastacle in the way of becoming NBA champions again. (Ben Margot/ap)

Spurs become monstrous obstacle to Warriors repeat

They don’t dare call it a fluke, recognizing what was so smart…

With the San Antonio Spurs’ recent signing of LaMarcus Aldridge, right, Stephen Curry and the Warriors have another obastacle in the way of becoming NBA champions again. (Ben Margot/ap)
Darren Abate/APLos Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (3) celebrates after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of Game 4 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday.

Paul, Griffin help Clippers even series with Spurs

Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists and Blake Griffin added…

Darren Abate/APLos Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (3) celebrates after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of Game 4 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday.
Darren Abate/APWarriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots the ball over Spurs forward Tim Duncan during Golden State's loss on the road Sunday.

Leonard has 26, Spurs snap Warriors 12-game streak, 107-92

SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard matched his career-high with 26 points and…

Darren Abate/APWarriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots the ball over Spurs forward Tim Duncan during Golden State's loss on the road Sunday.