NBA Rankings: Warriors, Kings on hard times

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NBA Rankings: Warriors, Kings on hard times

Both the Warriors (five-game losing streak) and Kings (lost five of last six) have fallen on hard times.

With only 15 games left for the Warriors, is it smarter for the team to lose as many games as possible to give themselves a better chance of keeping their first-round draft pick?

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Are the Oklahoma City Thunder the team to beat?

1 (2)Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder will be title contenders for years to come2 (1)Chicago BullsDerrick Rose hasn't played since March 123 (3)Miami HeatNo worries yet: blowout loss at Boston just a blip4 (4)San Antonio Spurs
Spurs are exactly where coach Gregg Popovich wants them to be5 (5)L.A. LakersThe issue isn't Kobe or Bynum it's Mike Brown6 (7)L.A ClippersWho will coach the Clippers next season?7 (8)Dallas MavericksLamar Odom averaging career-low 6.9 ppg.8 (12)Memphis GrizzliesSlow start for Gilbert Arenas9 (14)Boston CelticsCeltics surging as playoffs near10 (6)Orlando MagicMagic are .500 team the past three weeks11 (9)Indiana PacersRoy Hibbert will get some Most Improved Player consideration12 (10)Atlanta HawksJeff Teague: a backup in starter's role13 (16)Denver NuggetsJaVale McGee about the same as he's always been14 (15)Houston RocketsRockets trying to hold off Suns, Jazz15 (11)Philadelphia 76ersPhilly just 9-14 in their past 23 games16 (170Phoenix SunsSeven of Suns' next eight games are on road17 (13)Utah JazzWrong time for Jazz to hit bump in the road18 (19)Minnesota TimberwolvesIt's now been four years of being no factor for Anthony Randolph19 (18)New York Knicks
Knicks will have to get it done without Lin, Stoudemire20 (20)Milwaukee BucksBucks need to get a move on if they want to make playoffs21 (21)Portland Trail BlazersJ.J. Hickson has new life in Portland22 (26)Detroit Pistons
Is Joe Dumars on hotseat?23 (27)New Jersey Nets
Will Deron Williams stay or won't he?24 (22)WarriorsFrom playoff promises to a race for the bottom25 (24)Cleveland Cavaliers
Another team with little to no incentive to win26 (25)Toronto RaptorsIf Raptors get a top-three pick, will it matter?27 (23)Sacramento KingsIt's Kings' fourth straight year of being bad28 (28)New Orleans Hornets
Kaman, Gordon, Ariza, Okafor all miss recent games29 (29)Washington WizardsCould be wholesale front-office changes coming30 (30)Charlotte BobcatsHow many bona-fide starters are on this roster?

Warriors to face Utah after Jazz rout Clippers in Game 7

Warriors to face Utah after Jazz rout Clippers in Game 7

OAKLAND -- Six days after sweeping Portland to advance to the second round of the playoffs, the Warriors now know their opponent.

The Utah Jazz put together a sterling performance Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles to vanquish the Clippers and earn the right to meet the defending Western Conference champion Warriors.

Game 1 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, with Game 2 scheduled for Thursday night. Tipoff for both games is 7:30.

The Warriors faced the Jazz three times in the regular season, winning twice. They won in their only trip to Salt Lake City, 106-99 on Dec. 8. Twelve days later, at Oracle Arena, the Warriors romped to a 104-74 win.

The Jazz posted their lone victory on April 10, a 105-99 win at Oracle Arena.

Those numbers are, for all intents and purposes, ancient history. The Warriors never faced a fully healthy Jazz team, not that it matters much to Draymond Green and his teammates -- particularly if the Warriors carry over the intensity shown in closing out Portland last Monday night.

“Whoever it is in front of you, if you’re locked in like that, if we’re locked in like that, I think we can beat anyone,” Green said after practice Sunday. “And I don’t care who it is. When we have that type of focus level, I think, no matter who you put in front of us it’s over.”

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Below is the schedule for the Western Conference Semifinals series between the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz:

GAME          DAY, DATE                 TIME (PDT)       LOCATION     

GAME 1      Tuesday, May 2          7:30 p.m.             Oracle Arena                            

GAME 2      Thursday, May 4        7:30 p.m.             Oracle Arena                             

GAME 3       Saturday, May 6          5:30 p.m.              Vivint Smart Home Arena         

GAME 4       Monday, May 8           6:00 p.m.              Vivint Smart Home Arena         

GAME 5*    Wednesday, May 10  TBD                      Oracle Arena                             

GAME 6*     Friday, May 12            TBD                      Vivint Smart Home Arena        

GAME 7*    Sunday, May 14          TBD                      Oracle Arena                            

Warriors to celebrate 'We Believe' team at Game 1 of Western Semifinals

Warriors to celebrate 'We Believe' team at Game 1 of Western Semifinals

OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors will celebrate the 2007 “We Believe” team on Tuesday, May 2, during Game 1 of their Conference Semifinals series at Oracle Arena, the team announced Sunday.  The celebration takes place one day shy of the 10-year anniversary of the 2006-07 Warriors completing their historic First Round upset over the #1 seeded Dallas Mavericks on May 3, 2007, when they posted a 111-86 victory in Game 6 at Oracle Arena to become the first #8 seed to prevail over a #1 seed in a best-of-seven series.

Several members of that iconic Warriors team will be on-hand for the celebration, including Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis, Al Harrington, Kelenna Azubuike, Adonal Foyle, Patrick O’Bryant and Zarko Cabarkapa.  Another member of that team, Matt Barnes, is currently playing for the Warriors.

To help celebrate the occasion, limited-edition “We Believe” 10-Year Anniversary t-shirts will be available for purchase at WarriorsTeamStore.com starting Tuesday morning, and at Oracle Arena beginning on Tuesday night.  These special gold t-shirts feature the same “We Believe” logo that was emblazoned across the front of the fan t-shirts given away at Oracle Arena throughout the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with a special 10-year logo on the sleeve. 

Led by Head Coach Don Nelson, the 2006-07 Warriors finished the regular-season with a 16-5 record over their final 21 games to finish with a 42-40 record and claim the #8 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, marking the team’s first winning season and postseason appearance in 13 years. Facing the heavily favored Mavericks, who finished the regular-season with an NBA-best 67 wins, Golden State won Game 1 in Dallas to steal home court advantage and returned to the Bay Area with the series tied 1-1.  Having waited more than a dozen years to host a Playoff game, Warriors fans packed Oracle Arena long before tip-off of Game 3 and roared as the Warriors won Games 3 & 4 at home.  After falling in Game 5 at Dallas, the Warriors returned to Oracle Arena and over 20,000 fans wearing their gold “We Believe” t-shirts for Game 6.  Holding a two-point lead early in the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run that blew the game open in an eventual 25-point series-ending victory.

Limited tickets for the We Believe Celebration and all home games during the Western Conference Semifinals are still available. Fans looking to attend Warriors games during the 2017 NBA Playoffs are encouraged to purchase tickets directly from the team by visiting warriors.com, calling 1-888-GSW-HOOP or at the Oracle Arena Box Office. Warriors.com offers fans the only verified marketplace for all Warriors ticket needs, including official resale tickets from Season Ticket Holders and other fans, that is guaranteed by the Warriors organization. The Warriors resale marketplace offers a safe and convenient way for fans to access all levels of tickets throughout the regular season and playoffs. The Warriors have sold out 232 consecutive games at Oracle Arena and currently have a Season Ticket Priority Wait List of over 39,000 members.

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