Two young backcourts: Which one is better?

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Two young backcourts: Which one is better?

The Warriors front office has made it perfectly clear thatthey like their backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.A lot.A week ago, the Warriors signed Curry to a contractextension worth 44 million over four years. Owner Joe Lacob and generalmanager Bob Myers did that despite Curry coming off a season in which he missed40 games because of a persistent right ankle problem.They also did it despite concerns about Currys position,and whether hes best suited to play point guard or two guard. Nevertheless, Curry is a one-of-a-kind shooter and very nice offensive weapon. The Warriors arebanking on Curry as a point guard, of course and an upper-tier one at that.Back in March, the Warriors traded their leading scorer andfan favorite, Monta Ellis, in large part to open a spot for Thompson, a rookieat the time.The Warriors selected Thompson with the No. 11 pick in theJune 2011 draft, and it didnt take the teams front office long to determinethat it wanted Thompson to be the long-term solution at off-guard.Thompson has shown nothing but upside since he started getting consistent minutes. It's obvious that Thompson is one of the team's biggest assets.Similarly, the Cleveland Cavaliers front office likes theirbackcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, too.A lot.And thats why Wednesdays game between the Cavaliers andWarriors at Oracle Arena really holds some intrigue. There are a pair of youngand interesting backcourts that are about to match up.Irving, who won the NBAs Rookie of the Year award lastseason, is very good and getting better. Its not difficult to find people whobelieve Irving already is one of the upper-tier point guards in the league.Irving is averaging 23.8 points and six assists per gamethis season, and though his turnover count is high, few believe that will be anissue down the line.The Cavaliers selected Waiters with the No. 4 pick in thedraft in June, and hes averaging 16.3 points per game and shooting 48 percentfrom the floor.Waiters is different than Thompson. Thompson is taller andprobably a better shooter. But Waiters is a bulldog, a relentless player whohas made a name for himself with toughness and an ability to score.Hes got an all-around game and has shown the ability toknock down perimeter shots and get to the rim and finish.Curry and Thompson are different than Irving and Waiters.But they are similar in a couple of respects. One is that both duos are young,and the other is that both teams front offices believe in them.Those backcourts will be easy to compare on Wednesdaynight.

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.