Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Thunder 119, Warriors 109

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Thunder 119, Warriors 109

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Thunder 119, Warriors 109Player of the game: Kevin Durant had a triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists and Oklahoma City stayed comfortably ahead for most of the second half.Key stretch: The Thunder was in control most of the night, and always strung a few buckets together when it needed to. The last time Oklahoma City did that was in the fourth quarter after the Warriors had come back to within 105-98.But the Thunder (8-3) scored on four of their next five possessions, and next thing you know OKC was back up 115-102 with three minutes remaining.Durant had a couple of 3-pointers in that stretch to keep Oklahoma City in charge.Where Warriors are: The loss, Golden States seventh in a row in Oklahoma City, dropped the Warriors to 5-5 on the season overall, and theyre 1-1 on their current three-game road trip. The trip ends on Monday in Dallas.The Warriors beat the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday.Curry-Westbrook matchup: In a point guard matchup between young and upcoming players, Stephen Curry struggled against Westbrook.Curry was 2-for-8 from the field in the first half, while Westbrook made 7-of-13.Curry did have a nice stretch in the fourth quarter, helping the Warriors during a run, but Westbrook was the more consistent player for nearly all of the game. Westbrook finished with 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting seven assists, five steals and just one turnover.Curry had 22 points on 9-for-17 from the field and six assists and two turnovers. Its not that Curry played badly. He didnt. Its just that Westbrook was the more impactful player.Hung in early: The Warriors got down seven a few times in the first quarter, once when they were trailing 20-13. But from then on, and into the midway part of the second quarter, the Warriors were right there with the Thunder.But after the Warriors pulled within two at 38-36, Oklahoma City went on a 12-2 run, with buckets from multiple players, to take control.The Thunder went into halftime up 59-46. Westbrook, Durant and Martin, who finished with 23 points in 31 minutes, carried Oklahoma City in the first half. Westbrook had 16 points, four assists and three steals, and had Stephen Curry on his heels most of the half.Curry was 2-for-8 at halftime, for five points, two turnovers and an assist.Durant had 13 points in the half and Martin 12 at halftime. The Warriors starters struggled against the Thunders starters, but rookies Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green did some nice things.

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.