Warriors fast start not a valid season indicator

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Warriors fast start not a valid season indicator

The Warriors are off to a 2-1 start and there seems to be atangible optimism among fans. Its not just that the Warriors bounced back froma disappointing opening night loss to the Clippers with two wins, its how theywon those two games: With defense.But how the Warriors start a season sometimes has no bearingon how they finish a season. Heres a look at some interesting starts theWarriors have had over the past several years and what ended up happening tothose teams.If you think this year will be different, tell uswhy.2010-11: Warriors begin season 6-2.
This was just last season, for goodness sakes, and we knowhow last season turned out: 36-46 and not even sniffing a playoff berth. Yes,the David Lee injury had something to do with the subsequent slide theydropped 12 of 13 during a NovemberDecember stretch but there was a lot ofoptimism about last years team early. And quite simply, they werent goodenough to sustain it.2007-08: Warriors begin season 0-6. This was the season after We Believe and Stephen Jacksonwas suspended at the start of the season. By December, the Warriors were above.500 and heading toward an unrewarded 48-34 season. But 2007-08 just goes toshow you that how you start a season doesnt necessarily translate to how youfinish one.2006-07: Warriors begin season 7-3. This turned into the Warriors only playoff appearance inthe past 17 seasons. But that 7-3 start slipped to below .500, and the Warriorsended up trading for Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy for Stephen Jackson and AlHarrington, among others. Sixteen wins in the teams final 21 games translatedto a 42-40 record and We Believe ensued.2005-06: Warriors begin the season 12-6. This was Mike Montomerys second and last season and hehung tough early. But Baron Davis couldnt stay healthy and Dunleavy and Murphyand Jason Richardson couldnt keep the team afloat. The Warriors ended upfinishing 34-48, helping usher in the Don Nelson Phase II Era.2001-02: Warriors begin season5-3. This team had Larry Hughes, Danny Fortson and Erick Dampierand there was hope after the season was two weeks old. But it fizzled andfizzled in a hurry, with coach Dave Cowens being fired by Christmas and theteam finishing the season with a 21-61 record.1994-95: Warriors start 5-0 7-1. Thats the year that many people believe started the Warriorson their huge downward trend. The Warriors, coming off a 50-win season, tradedChris Webber after he feuded with Nelson, and Bob Lanier ended up coaching theteam that season. It finished 26-56.

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.