Western Conference Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors ride third quarter to a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors had been here before. A team that had…

 

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots a three pointer against the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson send Western Conference Finals back to Houston

OAKLAND — After a James Harden air ball with 9:43 to go…

 

Patrick McCaw, seen here during the 2017 Western Conference Finals, made his first appearance since March 31 in Saturday's Game 6. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors: Patrick McCaw returns to action in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals

OAKLAND -- When Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told Patrick…

 

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates a three pointer against the San Antonio Spurs during Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on April 16, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors: Andre Iguodala will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals

OAKLAND -- While listed today as 'questionable' on the Golden State Warriors…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates a three pointer against the San Antonio Spurs during Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on April 16, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Sacramento Kings' Vince Carter (15) turns away as the Golden State Warriors' Patrick McCaw (0) falls in the third quarter after he was fouled at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, March 31, 2018. McCaw was injured on the play and left the court on a stretcher. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Golden State Warriors: Patrick McCaw upgraded to questionable for Game 6 of Western Conference Finals

The Golden State Warriors have updated their injury report for Game 6…

The Sacramento Kings' Vince Carter (15) turns away as the Golden State Warriors' Patrick McCaw (0) falls in the third quarter after he was fouled at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, March 31, 2018. McCaw was injured on the play and left the court on a stretcher. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Could Andre Iguodala’s absence cost the Golden State Warriors an NBA championship?

The Golden State Warriors were In the midst of pummeling the Houston…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a foul called on Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Love him or hate him, you know you love Draymond Green

If Draymond Green is not playing for your favorite team, odds are…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a foul called on Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) battle for a loose ball at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. Looney will likely start in place of the injured Andre Iguodala. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors: Andre Iguodala ruled out due to knee

OAKLAND -- The Golden State Warriors have officially ruled that forward Andre…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) battle for a loose ball at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. Looney will likely start in place of the injured Andre Iguodala. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors: Andre Iguodala listed as doubtful for Game 4 of Western Conference Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been listed as 'doubtful' for…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) attempts to block a shot by Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors Notebook: Resistance isn’t so futile

Just after Stephen Curry got going with his first three of the…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) attempts to block a shot by Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Houston Rockets showed toughness, grit in Game 2; what can we expect in Game 3?

Before Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Houston Rockets head coach…

Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry returned to the starting lineup on Friday, but scored just 19 points in the Warriors' loss. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets ride P.J. Tucker to even series with Golden State Warriors

HOUSTON -- When asked what Stephen Curry meant when he said the…

Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry returned to the starting lineup on Friday, but scored just 19 points in the Warriors' loss. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) steals the ball from Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

In Game 2, Stephen Curry wants to get greedy

HOUSTON -- After the Golden State Warriors stole Game 1 of the…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) steals the ball from Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr in March of 2018. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors have ‘appropriate fear’ headed into road opener of Western Conference Finals

HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors chose health over wins during the…

Steve Kerr in March of 2018. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here on March 30, 2018, scored 29 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Houston. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors steal Game 1 behind Kevin Durant

HOUSTON — When Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was pulled from…

Kevin Durant, seen here on March 30, 2018, scored 29 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Houston. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) battle for a loose ball at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. Looney will likely start in place of the injured Andre Iguodala. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Western Conference Finals: Kevon Looney could be X-factor for Golden State Warriors

This summer, during one of his daily pick-up games at UCLA's Student…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) battle for a loose ball at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. Looney will likely start in place of the injured Andre Iguodala. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) attempts to block a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Western Conference Finals: It’s the season of Draymond as Warriors prepare to take on Houston

Hours after the Golden State Warriors opened up their fourth consecutive extended…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) attempts to block a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Golden State Warriors Keys to the Western Conference Finals

Over the weekend, I’m not going to need any caffeine to wake…

Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) attempts to block a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors and Rockets to face off in the ‘real’ NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- The Western Conference Finals that we’ve talked about ad nauseum…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) attempts to block a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)