Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (OT)

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (OT)

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Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (overtime)Player of the game: Stephen Curry, who had 31 points and nine assists, owned the fourth quarter and overtime for the Warriors. Curry scored the last eight points in regulation, then had six points in overtime. Curry also had the key assist of the game, a nice feed to David Lee that Lee turned into bucket and a 101-99 lead.It was a huge win, Curry said. Obviously, we started (the trip) great in Minnesota. And for us to get a win on a back-to-back on the road against a team were going to be fighting for one of those last spots It would have been a long flight home, but well have some smiles on it.Key stretch: With the Warriors holding a two-point lead and a half-minute remaining in overtime, Golden State needed a stop and got it.The Warriors finally were able to get the ball out of O.J. Mayos hands and it ended up with Shawn Marion. But Marion missed a tough shot, and the Warriors brought it home.Late-game craziness: The Warriors had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but couldnt get it done. But it was the way they couldnt get it done that was most troubling.With the score tied 90-90, Harrison Barnes got a great look in the lane but came up a little short with a jumper and 22 seconds left. But Barnes got the rebound and kicked it out to Klay Thompson with about 20 seconds left. Rather than hold it for the final shot, Thompson launched a 3-pointer and it missed, giving Dallas the final possession in regulation.It wasnt as though Thompson was feeling it on this night, either. In fact, that miss made him 2-for-14 for the game.The Mavericks, however, failed to take advantage. Vince Carter took an off-balance 17-footer and missed, sending the game into overtime.Curry tweak: Curry seemed to tweak his right ankle in the fourth quarter, after falling awkwardly while trying to convert a drive in the lane.Curry penetrated to his right and went up against Bernard James, who tried to block the shot. James didnt get the ball, but he and Curry collided.When Curry hit the ground, he was visibly frustrated. Curry missed most of last season with right ankle issues.The good news was that Curry remained in the game despite looking a touch hobbled.I got hung up and landed on it, Curry said. As long as I can walk and run, Im going to play. Ive been through this a lot so its nothing new for me.Sloppy half: The first half wasnt much of an aesthetic exhibition, but the Warriors were the ones on top after a brutal half so it probably didnt bother them as much.The Warriors shot just 37.5 percent in the first half, while the Mavericks shot 32.5 percent. Dallas missed enough shots and so did the Warriors for there to be 58 rebounds in the first half. Golden State got 36 of those rebounds, with Lee pulling down 12.Each teams backcourts were brutal shooting the ball in the half. Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 4-for-18 from the floor, with Thompson missing all seven of his attempts.Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo combined to shoot 1-for-10 from the field in the first half.Gritty start: The Warriors didnt exactly have their A-game when things started, but they were scrappy enough and active enough to lead 23-20 after a quarter.What was most impressive about that three-point lead was that it came with Curry and Thompson combining to shoot 1-for-10 from the field.As a team, the Warriors shot just 35.7 percent through 12 minutes, but they made up for it with 18 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.Injury update: The Warriors were without small forward Richard Jefferson, who missed the game because of a strained right calf.Center Andrew Bogut also missed Mondays game as he continues to rehab in Los Angeles under the supervision of his surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel. Of the Warriors 11 games so far this season, Bogut has played four.The Warriors also were without Brandon Rush, who will miss the regular season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.

Seventeen narratives to tide you over until Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Seventeen narratives to tide you over until Game 1 of the NBA Finals

It’s time once again to play, “Narrate That Narrative,” with your increasingly weary hosts, the Golden State Warriors.
 
And we say increasingly weary because, in playing 12 games (slightly less than 29 hours of elapsed time) in 46 days (slightly more than 1,100 hours of real time), the Warriors have spent far more time engaging, rejecting, advancing and goofing with narratives than they have with actual ball-related duties.
 
You know, the idiotic side stories with a two-day shelf life until someone serves up a new narrative, because after all, sports are really just delivery systems for disposable tales of no enduring value and very little transitory value. I’ve known cheeses left too near a heater than maintained their integrity longer.
 
But with another nine days (eight now, in case your narrative happens to be mindless timekeeping) before Game One of the NBA Finals, all we have is narratives. And yes, for that we can very definitely blame the Warriors, for without their refusal to mix in a devastating loss that really isn’t, we’ve had atomic clocks of time on our hands.
 
So muscle up, kids. This is your future until tipoff.
 
LEGACIES: This is without question the stupidest of them all, because trying to figure out an active athlete’s legacy is one of the most pointless things you can do with yourself. The Warriors will either be a budding dynasty or a one-hit-wonder-in-the-making. They will not be the best team of all time (the 1960s Celtics have that locked away), nor will they be the new Buffalo Bills (who unlike the Warriors tried many times and never won). They will be a team still fashioning their legacies, which as it turns out won’t actually be written accurately for decades.
 
In other words, remember O.J. Simpson’s legacy when he stopped playing football, and think of it now.
 
STEVE KERR: His spinal cord has a worse reputation than Stephen Curry’s ankles, and at this point it seems awfully likely that he will be an interested spectator with an all-access credential for the Finals. Thus, he remains the second best coach in NBA history in winning percentage (.848 if you include playoffs), behind only Not Steve Kerr (92.4).
 
KEVIN DURANT’S DECISION: It was a good one. He’s happy. He’s winning games. He’s wired into the Bay Area business community. Russell Westbrook is a year ago and Oklahoma City is a million miles away. Nothing new here, as there hasn’t been since the last time they played nine weeks ago. This story was old in August, and has been dead since January. Stop.
 
LEBRON JAMES: Is he Michael Jordan? Is he better than Michael Jordan? Does he like to troll people? Is he smug? Is he justifiably proud? All fascinating subjects if you just like making stuff up in your head based on your very limited ability to see inside the souls of others. But hey, you paid your fees just like everyone else. Psychoanalyze away.
 
ZAZA PACHULIA AND BRUCE BOCHY: He has become bigger than Andrew Bogut in Warrior lore because of his ill-placed foot in Game One of the Western Conference Final, and because his head was deemed far too large in Monday’s postgame celebration to accommodate a hat. Now you see how these two are linked?
 
JAVALE MCGEE: More fun than Zaza Pachulia, though dealing with Tristan Thompson will probably mean that his fun will be significantly truncated.
 
ANDRE IGUODALA’S KNEE: That’s not a narrative, that’s an injury report.
 
ANDRE IGUODALA’S DEFENSIVE ASSIGNMENT: See above. If the knee is sound, it will be LeBron James. If not, Draymond Green, David West and whatever else will work.
 
DRAYMOND GREEN’S TEMPER: 21 technical fouls, a flailing foot and a hideously timed suspension a year ago, 16 this year, no suspensions. Plus, only two technicals this postseason. His history remains his history, and he has been both targeted and given some slack depending on the official (he damned near chased Scott Foster down the floor one night this year and Foster patiently eased him off the ledge). He has been a voluble and expressive model citizen as these things go.
 
KLAY THOMPSON: Poor shooting in the San Antonio series has condemned him despite his offensive and defensive ratings both being up from a year ago. It’s a talker if shooting is your deal, but he won’t play any fewer minutes in this series than any of the other 11. His “struggles” are a mild amusement for those who still think trying to force drama on these guys is a useful exercise.
 
STEPHEN CURRY: I give up. Is there anything new to say about him?
 
JOE LACOB GIVING AN INTERVIEW TO THE FINANCIAL TIMES: Quick, everyone head for the shelters.

SCOTT FOSTER: Last year's officiating bete noire, now not even worth a mention. If you need something, the Warriors are 20-0 with Ron Garretson and 17-4 with Ed Malloy in the last three years. Just keep it to yourselves.

PLAYOFF HISTORY: Right now, the Warriors could become the first team to win all 16 postseason games, but even if they don’t, they can still go 16-3, tie the record currently held by the 2005 San Antonios and still have a parade. They did good – as long as they win. If they don’t win, the hell they will pay will be at full retail prices with the usual jewelers’ markup.
 
PLAYOFF BOREDOM: If Cleveland wins, this is the series you all demanded. If Boston wins, you get a surprise. But neither will make us happy because the playoffs weren’t sufficiently entertaining for us. That’s how we do our cultural life now – we reflexively turbo-bitch about something because it keeps us from getting diabetes, or some other excuse. As a result, we are the worst generation so far, and those who come behind us are very likely to be worse unless they can cure themselves soon.
 
LUCK: Yep, lucky again. No Yusuf Nurkic to allow Portland to play at its best. A limited Rudy Gobert to allow Utah to play at its best. No Tony Parker and only 28 minutes of Kawhi Leonard to allow San Antonio to be at its best. They were lucky two years ago as well, and the ring was just as big and the parade just as sunshiny. They weren’t as lucky a year ago (Stephen Curry’s wobbly legs, Draymond Green’s suspension, the auto-asphyxia of the last five minutes of Game Seven of the Finals).
 
In other words, it’s good to put yourself in a position to be lucky. Every champion ever, in every sport, on every continent, they’ve all been lucky. Luck is a compliment not wasted on second-round losers. Deal with it.
 
THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS: There has never been a champion that was universally beloved, with the possible exceptions of Leicester City when it won the Premier League last year, and maybe Secretariat. Every other one ever had critics based on style of play, level of success, arrogance, dismissiveness, bullying, plain geography or just, because . . . well, see “turbo-bitching.” It won’t be that hard. It was two paragraphs ago. Suck it up, scroll your screen and move your eyes.

The point is, one word of criticism from Charles Barkley is somehow louder than reams of glowing reviews. Warrior fans are like all the others in that they demand universal worship of their favorite team, and they hear “just a bunch of jump-shooters” no matter what Barkley actually says at any given moment.
 
See, they don’t have to like your team, and it affects nothing. Stop caring. 
 
There will be more, but these are the main ones that should tide you over until game time, whether it’s the series you want (Cleveland) or the series you never expected (Boston). We’re all very sorry if we couldn’t make it the New York Knicks, or LaVar Ball, just to name two narratives you won't have to deal with in the coming days. 

Joe Lacob's current mindset: The Warriors are Mike Brown's team now

Joe Lacob's current mindset: The Warriors are Mike Brown's team now

The Warriors are 10-0 in the playoffs under interim head coach Mike Brown.

Following Golden State's sweep of the Spurs, Joe Lacob was asked several questions about the team's head coach situation.

1) Is it Mike's team now?

“You know, it is. He’s coaching on the floor. But Steve (Kerr) is obviously around, there, very involved. And he put in the systems we operate under and the style of play. He has a tremendous amount of responsibility for us getting here.

"But Mike has done a terrific job.”

2) How comfortable are you with this two-coach approach you have going?

“I’m not really thinking about it. We have to make it work. That’s our situation.”

3) At this point is Mike Brown your coach going into the Finals?

“That’s up to Steve, honestly. We’ll see how he feels. We’ve got nine days between now and then. I certainly would hope he’d feel better. But if not, we’re prepared to go the way we are. Whatever it takes, our players are ready.” 

On Monday night, NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole spoke with Kerr.

“Mike (Brown) is doing great," Kerr began. "He’s such a wonderful human being. He’s so unselfish and team-oriented. I’m proud of him and the job he’s doing, along with the rest of the staff. I wish I could be out there with them. And maybe I will. I don’t know. We’ll see.

“He’s a great partner. And we’re in this together, obviously, but he’s got to make decisions with the staff without me. He’s done a great job of navigating the games. We’re undefeated, so he’s doing something right.”