NBA Rankings: W's remain head of Kings

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NBA Rankings: W's remain head of Kings

With 19 games left in the season, the Warriors are 20-27, five games behind the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

If they were in the Eastern Conference, the Warriors would be just three games behind the Knicks for the No.8 seed, with two games in hand.

Should the club shut down Stephen Curry for the remainder of the season, and hope he can get to full strength before next season?

Are the Chicago Bulls the favorite to reach the NBA Finals out of the East?

1 (1)Chicago BullsThibodeau working on second straight Coach of Year award2 (3)Oklahoma City Thunder
Impressive showdown win against Heat on Sunday3 (2)Miami HeatBest home record of any NBA team: 20-24 (4)San Antonio SpursStephen Jackson: Under control and helping5 (6)L.A. LakersControversy in L.A.: Kobe Bryant sits late vs. Memphis6 (6)Orlando MagicGive Stan Van Gundy credit for holding this team together7 (7)L.A. ClippersBlake Griffin needs to get in gym and work on game this summer8 (9)Dallas MavericksIt's almost as if the Mavs wrote this season off9 (12)Indiana PacersBird stepping down after Pacers back on track10 (15)Atlanta HawksHawks win first four-OT game in NBA since 199711 (11)Philadelphia 76ersPhilly slumping but there's still time12 (8)Memphis GrizzliesHow long will Zach Randolph come off the bench?13 (16)Utah JazzIs Tyrone Corbin in Coach of Year discussion?14 (17)Boston CelticsCeltics vs. Miami would be wonderful first-round matchup15 (14)Houston RocketsWinning despite being without Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry16 (10)Denver NuggetsNuggets on outside and looking in on playoffs right now17 (13)Phoenix SunsAlvin Gentry has done nice job in Phoenix18 (19)New York KnicksMike Woodson making a case to be Knicks coach next season19 (20)Minnesota TimberwolvesLoss of Ricky Rubio has put damper on T-Wolves season20 (18)Milwaukee BucksMonta Ellis deferring on offense so far21 (21)Portland Trail BlazersFor one night -- against Warriors -- Raymond Felton gets it going22 (22)WarriorsWe'll find out more about rest of Stephen Curry's season this week23 (24)Sacramento KingsUnreal: Kings commit six turnovers in final 3:20 vs. Warriors24 (23)Cleveland CavaliersKyrie Irving locking down Rookie of the Year award25 (26)Toronto RaptorsAndrea Bargnani: 27 percent from 3-point range26 (25)Detroit PistonsGreg Monroe: 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds per game27 (27)New Jersey Nets
Deron Williams shooting career-worst .413 this season28 (28)New Orleans Hornets
After winning a ring, never the same: Trevor Ariza29 (29)Washington WizardsNeeds more of a killer instinct: Nene30 (30)Charlotte Bobcats2-8 in last 10; that's very good for Bobcats

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.