Steinmetz: Lee Underperforming, Making Impact

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Steinmetz: Lee Underperforming, Making Impact

Nov. 7, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

OAKLAND -- Right about now, David Lee's got to love that he's not playing in New York. The Warriors acquired him in a sign-and-trade in the offseason to a contract worth 80 million over six years, and what have they gotten from Lee so far?Put it this way: Not quite as much as they expected.Lee has struggled at the offensive end through the first five games of the season, averaging only 12.2 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting. That would likely be a problem in New York, where fans and media would be more than whispering that Lee might be a tad overpaid.But here, in the Bay Area, there's none of that. And there's one simple reason why: The Warriors are 4-1.Lee, who averaged 20 points per game last year, might not be playing up to his capability, but the Warriors are. More important, Lee is finding a way to help Golden State win even though he's not scoring as much as everyone thought he would.Lee is doing more of his fair share of rebounding, getting 12.2 per game. That's a nice number as is, but it's even better when you consider Lee is playing only 33 minutes per game this year.He's got a positive assist-to-turnover ratio, and there's no doubt he's emerging as one of the leaders on the team. No, Lee's offense hasn't yet come around. But admit it, Warriors fans, it's nice to have a guy who can help you when he's not scoring.Lee entered this season shooting 55 percent from the field for his career. So, he's not going to stay at 39 percent all season. Then again, he's not likely to reach 55 percent with the Warriors, if for no other reason than he's playing power forward and not center.Lee has less of an advantage at the offensive end against quicker, more agile fours than he does against big, lumbering fives. That's an adjustment Lee will have to continue to make.In the meantime, if the Warriors keep winning while Lee makes the adjustment, who really cares what his numbers look like?

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.