Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

Legends of the fall

Sunday night, the Golden State Warriors played themselves into the zenith of greatest collapses in professional sports history. Below, a breakdown of how it happened. By Andrew J. Pridgen As exhausted mentally and physically as the Warriors are, there is no other team in the league more ready for next season to begin. While to a person the members of the...

Forces of (human) nature

Reluctantly, the reasons why the Warriors are going to lose Game 7 boil down to one thing: calculated human error. By Andrew J. Pridgen I can hardly believe there’s a game seven this N.B.A. Finals. The Warriors are the better team, period. Cleveland, in spite of playing mostly lackluster ball all year, finished a respectable 57-25, which is more commentary of...

Requiem for a dream season

The Warriors are poised to send Cleveland some champagne and a note on Sunday. “You just had more.” It would read. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Warrior faithful are holding on to memories. Memories of a near-perfect regular season which already seems like it was a season ago. Memories of a Western Conference Finals comeback the likes of which had not...

Like looking back on a failed relationship, the Warriors only have themselves to blame for Game 5

Sometimes the hardest thing to admit is that failing has everything to do with you. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the fall of 2000, I went to a Halloween party in North Beach. A couple friends had rented a bar and there was a good cross-section of people I’d known from growing up and from college — along with a number...

Draymond Green hit where it hurts most with Game 5 suspension

But did the N.B.A.’s punishment fit the crime(s)? By Andrew J. Pridgen Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, a presumptive candidate for the N.B.A. Finals’ MVP should the Warriors go on to win, is suspended for Game 5 in Oakland Monday night after he was assessed a flagrant foul 1 by the league for his actions in Game 4. With...

One more for immortality

The Warriors are one away from their second straight title and the completion of the greatest basketball season of all time. Can LeBron and his Cavs find enough to bring it back to Cleveland? By Andrew J. Pridgen For the first time in nine games this playoffs, the Cavs lost at home. After being up by eight early in the...

Hello Cleveland!

The Cavs improved to 8-0 at home in the playoffs as Golden State struggles to find its way to the main stage. By Andrew J. Pridgen It is almost as if the Golden State Warriors were hustled. Maybe Cleveland simply sent cardboard cutouts to Oakland for games one and two of the N.B.A. Finals while the #realcavs hung back to tweet and...

Curry might not be bigger than the Olympics, but he certainly appears to be better

Good guys like Steph Curry needn’t bother tarnishing their image by putting it next to an Olympic banner. By Andrew J. Pridgen The 2016 Summer Olympics is orbiting really, really, really close to Earth somewhere in the same stratosphere as — say — the release of Ride Along 2. Sure, some people may have been looking forward to it. Some people...

What’s better Draymond’s game on the court or Iguodala’s on the bench?

...Or has Cleveland just #givenup? By Andrew J Pridgen In a text exchange last night with a couple buddies, one mentioned that if he didn’t know better he’d think judging by the performance of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 that Vegas got a hold of them and they were rolling over in exchange for one of those giant...

The Warriors’ Bench Warrant

Game plans aren’t the only thing Steve Kerr can break. By Andrew J. Pridgen Neither Warriors head coach Steve Kerr or his Cleveland counterpart, Tyronn Lue, planned on smashing up the game plan Thursday evening in Oakland during game 1 of the N.B.A. Finals. ...Otherwise they would have brought extra supplies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrnsB3ERwTk Imagine the Cavs’ starting five’s faces were Lue to have drawn up...