Grizzlies-Warriors: What to watch for

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Grizzlies-Warriors: What to watch for

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The Warriors return home after a five-game road trip and arelooking to build some momentum. But theyll have to do it against the MemphisGrizzlies, a team that has won eight of their past nine games.The Warriors (15-20) knocked off the Washington Wizards inthe final game of the trip on Monday, and now theyll try to erase the memoryof two tough losses earlier in the season to Memphis (22-15).On Jan. 23, the Warriors blew a 20-point lead in the secondhalf and wound up losing to Memphis 91-90. On Feb. 18, Memphis shooting guardTony Allen converted an offensive rebound in the final seconds to help give theGrizzlies a 104-103 win in Memphis.REWIND: Warriors self-destruct in 4th, fall to Grizzlies 91-90
Here are some things to watch for during Wednesday nightsgame:Rebounding: Although the Grizzlies aremissing their All-Star power forward Zach Randolph, they are still a big andphysical frontline with Marc Gasol and Marreese Speights. In the Grizzlies104-103 victory on Feb. 18, Memphis outrebounded the Warriors 45-31, and gaveup multiple second shots in the fourth quarter.REWIND: W's fall in Memphis, despite big nights from Monta, Curry
The Warriors front line of Ekpe Udoh and David Lee have tomake a conscientious effort to rebound, and its also imperative that theteams perimeter players get in there and help out in that area.Limit turnovers: Over the course of theseason, turnovers have periodically hurt the Warriors. There are some games theWarriors treat the ball quite well, and consequently they usually have moresuccess in those games. But too often this season careless turnovers have hurtthe Warriors. The most recent time that occurred was in Sundays loss atToronto when turnovers in the fourth quarter cost them.In the teams first meeting, the Warriors completely melteddown in the fourth period, committing nine turnovers and giving away whatshould have been a victory.Make 3-pointers: There was no betterindication of how important the 3-point shot is to the Warriors than on theirrecent five-game road trip. During the first four games of the trip, theWarriors went just 13-for-71 from beyond the arc (18.3 percent). Notsurprisingly, the won just one of those games a low-scoring, grind-it-out85-82 victory against Atlanta.On the final game of the road trip, the Warriors broke outand made 15-of-23 from 3-point range, and not coincidentally, blew outWashington 120-100.Scrap early: There is a school of thoughtin the NBA that a teams first game back after a lengthy road trip is adifficult one to play because it feels like another road game what with thetravel back to your hometown the previous day.Thats why its important that the Warriors starters comeout with energy early and that the bench then follows through.

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

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Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.