Offensive end also an issue for Curry-Ellis


Offensive end also an issue for Curry-Ellis

When people talk about the Warriors backcourt of StephenCurry and Monta Ellis and whether they can play together and succeed mostof the focus centers on their defense.Those that dont believe the Warriors can go anywhere withthat backcourt usually cite its smallish-ness and how that lack of size is toomuch of a deficiency to overcome.By and large, few talk about Curry and Ellis at theoffensive end, with the common belief being they form an explosive, dynamic andpotent scoring duo.For the most part, they score a lot, they assist a lot and thatsabout as far is it goes. Clearly when Mark Jackson called Curry and Ellis thebest backcourt in the business on Saturday he was mostly thinking about themat the offensive end.

Look, its easy to pile on after the Warriors blew a20-point lead on Monday night to the Memphis Grizzlies, but its also true thatthe collapse provided a glimpse of the offensive limitations of thatduo.RECAP: Warriors self-destruct in 4th, fall to Grizzlies 91-90
Do Curry and Ellis make each other better at the offensiveend? Do they make other teammates better? In short, do Curry and Ellis reallycomplement each other? Is either one of them a strong and sound decision-maker?Do Curry and Ellis form a heady backcourt, one that consistentlymakes the right play? Are Curry and Ellis consistently smart with thebasketball and understand time and circumstance?The bottom line is that if youre going to live with some ofthe CurryEllis defensive deficiencies then they have to be much better thanthey have been at the offensive end. Much better.Curry and Ellis have to have a much better combinedassist-to-turnover ratio than they do. Right now they average 12 assists andnearly eight turnovers a game between them.Thats not a strength, thats a liability.The other thing that stood out in the loss to Memphis wasthe inability of either Curry or Ellis to get to the foul line when itmattered. Many times, when a team is struggling at the offensive end, one ofthe guards can create something on his own, make something happen and at theleast get to the line to get some easy points.Curry hasnt taken a foul shot in the past two games. Ellishas taken six free throws in the past two games. That tells you that theyresettling for outside shots or theyre not getting it done in terms of drawing contacton drives.Curry and Ellis put up numbers, no doubt about it.But intangibles are a huge part of a guards game likerecognizing important possessions and knowing when you have to get good shots,like figuring out ways to get David Lee more than two shots and Dorell Wrightmore than none, like not continually turning the ball over at the top of thefloor, leading to fastbreak buckets, like making sure to get your team intosets as early as possible in the clock. And many, many more.Conventional wisdom suggests that if the Warriors keep thebackcourt of Curry and Ellis together, theyre going to have to find a way toget better at the defensive end of the floor. That is true.But they also have a long way to go at the offensive end,too.

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


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.