Magic vs. Warriors: What to watch for

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Magic vs. Warriors: What to watch for

The Warriors have made the most of their recent stretch of home games, and they hope to continue that Monday night against the Orlando Magic at Oracle Arena. Golden State has won five consecutive home games, dating back to mid-November. After the Warriors play the Magic, they head out onto the road for their longest trip of the season a seven-gamer that will take them to the Midwest and East.The Warriors (10-6) are off to their best start since the 2005-06, season when Mike Montgomery had them at 12-6.

Here are some things to watch for during Mondays game between the Magic and Warriors:Sense of urgency: Do the Warriors have one? They certainly should. With plenty of games away from Oakland looming theres no doubt the Warriors would like to wrap things up back here in a tidy manner. The Magic are coming off a big win on Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers, meaning they could suffer some ill effects against the Warriors both physically and mentally.

This is a game teams with playoff aspirations win and the Warriors have playoff aspirations.Glen Davis vs. David Lee: Look for some big numbers out of both of these players. Davis and Lee are integral parts of their teams offense and both have matchups they likely feel they can exploit at that end.What you have in Davis and Lee are two players who sometimes struggle to score on the interior against athletic defenders. Both are among the league leaders in getting their shots blocked. But since neither is an imposing defender, it could mean heavy production out of both players.Keep rebounding or start shooting better: The Warriors have done a great job of offensive rebounding this season.

That aspect of their game has allowed them to get extra possessions and shots and they have taken advantage.One of the reasons the Warriors have been able to be successful despite not shooting well is because they get so many attempts. If the Warriors dont start shooting the ball better, theyre going to need to continue to rebound at a strong clip.

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.