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"Too scared to type": A San Jose Sharks aka #Tibkids Pre-Game 7 blog
I’ve done everything right so far. The Sharks have won when I’ve watched, lost when I didn’t watch, and have reached a Game 7 against the LA Kings. Okay too much emotion. Photo of Jumbo and I’m out. Go #SJSharks!
(photo courtesy of the Dirty Dangle http://www.dirtydangle.com/2011/06/vancouver-canucks-motivational-mountain.html)

"Too scared to type": A San Jose Sharks aka #Tibkids Pre-Game 7 blog

I’ve done everything right so far. The Sharks have won when I’ve watched, lost when I didn’t watch, and have reached a Game 7 against the LA Kings. Okay too much emotion. Photo of Jumbo and I’m out. Go #SJSharks!

(photo courtesy of the Dirty Dangle http://www.dirtydangle.com/2011/06/vancouver-canucks-motivational-mountain.html)

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(The Warriors Girls wave goodbye to a very successful 2012-13 season.)
We came. We saw. We overachieved. 
The Warriors season just ended and to say the least I’m just a little bitter. The series was there to win, but the Warriors didn’t go out and get it. They fell victim to a team who was better at winning than them. I think the Warriors were the better team, but winning is the name of the Spurs game and we learned a difficult lesson. 


A difficult pill to swallow but medicine that we needed. In order to get better, we’re going to have to take some medicine. And this lesson from the Spurs in how to close out playoffs game will serve us well in the future. As my girl Mary Poppins would say, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Let’s do a brief recap of Game 6 based on notes I take on my phone while my wife watches the game with me. 



From the start, Steph was the only one aggressively attacking the rim. I had to make note of this fact during the game: Steph leads by example.  I don’t want to harp on Klay Thompson but he has to know that getting fouled is a part of the game. I’m not one to side with the referees especially during this series. But, had Klay used his size, speed, and quickness the floor would have opened up for his teammates. 



Andris Biedrins came in and played some decent minutes. Granted, he went through fouls like golf tees at a pro-am, but he held his own provided energy. He even had a sweet offensive board turned assist on a Curry 3. Jack got things moving for the Warriors in the 2nd with high screens to start the play before imporvisation took over. Overall, Jack played a solid game shooting 50% from the floor with Zero (yes) 0 turnovers. His reverse on Duncan was sweet followed by a nice dime to Ezeli after a steal. Jack upheld his end of the bargain in the last two games. He should be commended for that, but really that’s just Jarrett playing his game. He would do the same no matter what some un-read blogger or well-heard talking head says. The biggest play of the game was Barnes getting hurt at the end of the 1st half. Our top scorer, aggressor, and mis-match maker would come back, but he wouldn’t be the same and was the last Warrior sent to injured reserve. A sadly fitting end for a great series from the rookie that was emblematic of the end of the season for Golden State. Shouts out to David Lee for playing with a torn hip flexor, Steph Curry for a twisted twisted ankle, and to Bogut who I’m sure would have given anything to play more than 20 minutes in the game. 


I made the note that the Warriors were “mailing it in” after the sequence when 4 Warriors left Harrison all alone to fend off a 2 on 1 break. In retrospect, they were injured. They were hurt all over the floor and making plays drained them. They’ll have to learn how to take care of themselves, prepare, and alter their games to accomodate a long, drawn out series. Important lesson: how to take your medicine. 


Let’s not forget that the Warriors had a chance to win this game with 5 minutes left. Klay hit a jumper from the baseline, the crowd was up, and Steph hit a jumper to bring us just one basket away 75-77. Then, Duncan threw the ball into the 6th row 15 feet from the nearest Spur and we went to break. Van Gundy was talking about the energy of the crowd and how the lower bowl stands like a college crowd. 



Curry had a 3 roll out, but then an offensive rebound led to another shot and…miss. Ginobli finds Parker in the corner and Parker hits. 3 pointer. 5 point lead 75-80. Jack would add a jumper and 2 free throws but Leonard’s three,  2 misses from Klay and Steph sealed the deal, and a Tony Parker pen knife 3 ended it. The team better at winning had done what they were billed to do: win. All due respect to the Spurs. I think Memphis is going to eat them for lunch and dinner depending on the time of the game. 



I’m really proud of the way this team plays together and showed the class that makes them true Tibkids. Click this link to see them prove it.  They are lead by a coach who in his second year butted heads against two legends and came out on top 1.4 times. 



I can’t event begin to deal with the Sharks loss. I live in LA and wasn’t able to watch the game…thankfully.


Giants won.



Good night.  

(The Warriors Girls wave goodbye to a very successful 2012-13 season.)

We came. We saw. We overachieved. 

The Warriors season just ended and to say the least I’m just a little bitter. The series was there to win, but the Warriors didn’t go out and get it. They fell victim to a team who was better at winning than them. I think the Warriors were the better team, but winning is the name of the Spurs game and we learned a difficult lesson. 

A difficult pill to swallow but medicine that we needed. In order to get better, we’re going to have to take some medicine. And this lesson from the Spurs in how to close out playoffs game will serve us well in the future. As my girl Mary Poppins would say, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Let’s do a brief recap of Game 6 based on notes I take on my phone while my wife watches the game with me. 
From the start, Steph was the only one aggressively attacking the rim. I had to make note of this fact during the game: Steph leads by example.  I don’t want to harp on Klay Thompson but he has to know that getting fouled is a part of the game. I’m not one to side with the referees especially during this series. But, had Klay used his size, speed, and quickness the floor would have opened up for his teammates. 
Andris Biedrins came in and played some decent minutes. Granted, he went through fouls like golf tees at a pro-am, but he held his own provided energy. He even had a sweet offensive board turned assist on a Curry 3. Jack got things moving for the Warriors in the 2nd with high screens to start the play before imporvisation took over. Overall, Jack played a solid game shooting 50% from the floor with Zero (yes) 0 turnovers. His reverse on Duncan was sweet followed by a nice dime to Ezeli after a steal. Jack upheld his end of the bargain in the last two games. He should be commended for that, but really that’s just Jarrett playing his game. He would do the same no matter what some un-read blogger or well-heard talking head says. The biggest play of the game was Barnes getting hurt at the end of the 1st half. Our top scorer, aggressor, and mis-match maker would come back, but he wouldn’t be the same and was the last Warrior sent to injured reserve. A sadly fitting end for a great series from the rookie that was emblematic of the end of the season for Golden State. Shouts out to David Lee for playing with a torn hip flexor, Steph Curry for a twisted twisted ankle, and to Bogut who I’m sure would have given anything to play more than 20 minutes in the game. 
I made the note that the Warriors were “mailing it in” after the sequence when 4 Warriors left Harrison all alone to fend off a 2 on 1 break. In retrospect, they were injured. They were hurt all over the floor and making plays drained them. They’ll have to learn how to take care of themselves, prepare, and alter their games to accomodate a long, drawn out series. Important lesson: how to take your medicine. 
Let’s not forget that the Warriors had a chance to win this game with 5 minutes left. Klay hit a jumper from the baseline, the crowd was up, and Steph hit a jumper to bring us just one basket away 75-77. Then, Duncan threw the ball into the 6th row 15 feet from the nearest Spur and we went to break. Van Gundy was talking about the energy of the crowd and how the lower bowl stands like a college crowd. 
Curry had a 3 roll out, but then an offensive rebound led to another shot and…miss. Ginobli finds Parker in the corner and Parker hits. 3 pointer. 5 point lead 75-80. Jack would add a jumper and 2 free throws but Leonard’s three,  2 misses from Klay and Steph sealed the deal, and a Tony Parker pen knife 3 ended it. The team better at winning had done what they were billed to do: win. All due respect to the Spurs. I think Memphis is going to eat them for lunch and dinner depending on the time of the game. 
I’m really proud of the way this team plays together and showed the class that makes them true Tibkids. Click this link to see them prove it.  They are lead by a coach who in his second year butted heads against two legends and came out on top 1.4 times. 
I can’t event begin to deal with the Sharks loss. I live in LA and wasn’t able to watch the game…thankfully.
Giants won.
  • Good night.  
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Boring. Except for the guy in the background. Go Warriors!

Boring. Except for the guy in the background. Go Warriors!

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5 Reasons the Warriors will win Game 6
1. Momentum is a fickle mistress 
I don’t know anything about mistresses nor their tendencies because I’m happily married, but I know a whole lot about momentum in this series and it will turn on a dime. The Spurs no doubt have the energy tipping in their direction, but any life that’s left in our beloved Dubs will come to life tonight in Oakland. 
2. Worse case scenarios? We got ‘em!
The Warriors have won 2 games and given away 1 playing basketball at the almost highest level possible for this team. The worse case scenario has been met in their Game 4 victory when shots weren’t falling. As I have mentioned before the Warriors have to shoot well. 
3. Steph and Klay will rise and play
Klay will come into this game with a different game plan. He’ll aggressively attack the rim and trust me, he WILL SHOOT FOUL SHOTS today or my man’s dad isn’t a Laker announcer. Steph will find room from these new found dishes and take advantage like the hairy-chinned maestro has been known to do. 
4. The 2nd tier will be here
Our bench will be firing on all cylinders tonight. Expect Dray to get loose in pair of yellow kicks. Know that Biedrins will be teaching lessons on clutch 6 minutes etiquette. Count on DLee to contribute 8 minutes, 5 points, and 2 boards. Lastly, we’re going to see a JJ (my new nickname for Jarrett Jack) burst into this game with a new found penchant for finding an open Steph for 3 balls. 
5. This post
Yeah, you read that right. One of the main reasons the Warriors will be headed to the Alamo-Rent-a-car Dome will be the positivism and forward thinking that I’m bringing from this quaint little office on the west side of Los Angeles. I’m going to be keeping it really positive on the tweets too. That is, until, a Kings fan spills a beer or knocks over my Sprite or calls Kopitar the “rad” Gretzky. Wait a minute, that won’t happen. There’s not going to be Kings fans at whichever Santa Monica bar I end up watching the games. 

5 Reasons the Warriors will win Game 6

1. Momentum is a fickle mistress 

I don’t know anything about mistresses nor their tendencies because I’m happily married, but I know a whole lot about momentum in this series and it will turn on a dime. The Spurs no doubt have the energy tipping in their direction, but any life that’s left in our beloved Dubs will come to life tonight in Oakland. 

2. Worse case scenarios? We got ‘em!

The Warriors have won 2 games and given away 1 playing basketball at the almost highest level possible for this team. The worse case scenario has been met in their Game 4 victory when shots weren’t falling. As I have mentioned before the Warriors have to shoot well. 

3. Steph and Klay will rise and play


Klay will come into this game with a different game plan. He’ll aggressively attack the rim and trust me, he WILL SHOOT FOUL SHOTS today or my man’s dad isn’t a Laker announcer. Steph will find room from these new found dishes and take advantage like the hairy-chinned maestro has been known to do. 

4. The 2nd tier will be here


Our bench will be firing on all cylinders tonight. Expect Dray to get loose in pair of yellow kicks. Know that Biedrins will be teaching lessons on clutch 6 minutes etiquette. Count on DLee to contribute 8 minutes, 5 points, and 2 boards. Lastly, we’re going to see a JJ (my new nickname for Jarrett Jack) burst into this game with a new found penchant for finding an open Steph for 3 balls. 

5. This post


Yeah, you read that right. One of the main reasons the Warriors will be headed to the Alamo-Rent-a-car Dome will be the positivism and forward thinking that I’m bringing from this quaint little office on the west side of Los Angeles. I’m going to be keeping it really positive on the tweets too. That is, until, a Kings fan spills a beer or knocks over my Sprite or calls Kopitar the “rad” Gretzky. Wait a minute, that won’t happen. There’s not going to be Kings fans at whichever Santa Monica bar I end up watching the games. 

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 “Aaaaand Earth”: The Warriors come back to reality. Five Reasons the Warriors lost Game 3.
You can only levitate for so long before you must return to the ground. Even David Blaine can’t levitate forever. 
The Golden State Warriors lost their home court advantage in Oracle Arena last night by way of a 102-92 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors were slapped by the palm of reality after two games of out-of-this-world basketball. The Spurs were able to come into the Warriors’ barn and out play a seemingly lethargic Golden State team. Maybe the lack of intensity was a result of playing in front of the Warrior faithful eager to voraciously clap until shots were made. Maybe San Antonio’s coach, Greg Popavich, thwarted the Golden State attack with the deft use of his reserves. In the end, star player, Stephen Curry never got hot and the crowd never went ballistic as they had at the start of the game. How do I know? The decibel reading updates provided during the ESPN broadcast. Curry finished the game in obvious discomfort after tweaking his left (non-surgically repaired) ankle. We can only hope that Curry will be healed for Game 4. Serious questions about future injury must be asked and I hope that extreme caution is used in getting him ready. That said, I hope it just needs some extra tape and R.I.C.E. 
Five Reasons the Warriors lost Game 3:
1. Warriors didn’t shoot “Warriors well”
The Warriors were pedestrian tonight shooting the ball. Yes, 39% is enough to win some playoff ball games, but not when you’re a team that lives by shooting like the Warriors. Granted, it didn’t help that the Spurs shot 50%. But to win in the playoffs, you have to do the things you do well…well. The Spurs were able to be more physical and make smarter plays.  The 4 time champions outscored the Warriors by 10 points despite the fact they took 10 less shots. There were moments of light for the Warriors, but in the end they were few and far between. Big stat for me: Jack, Curry, Thompson combined 17/49 = 28%.

2. The Spurs Substitutions
Popavich reminded us that the Spurs are a deep team with bigs that can pass, defend the perimeter, and shoot the ball. The quick rotation of fresh legs saved his stars’ strength and kept the Warriors off balance. Despite a bright 3 minutes from David Lee, there was nothing coming form the W’s corner that could match the guile from San Antonio’s. The Spurs’ Boris Diaw effectively passed the ball and used his size to finish at the rim. Thiago Splitter provided necessary rebounding and size to force Warrior shot attempts. While Lee did out play Bonner, the small sample size was too small.
3.  Warriors didn’t thrive in the lane
The Dubs attacked the basket with less effectiveness than the last 2 games. With the exception of the thunder dunk from Barnes that I had expected (see previous post), the finishing around the rim was sub-par. Precious misses from 2-3 feet took the air out of the team as they scrambled to stay in the game. The passing was there tonight, but a couple of assists that were not cashed in that would have helped the Curry stat line not to mention the Dub’s chances. (I have to wonder if any free agents are watching these games thinking; “Steph could be sending those no-look-left-handed assists my way.”) In games 1 and 2 the Warriors successfully knocked down open shots from passes sent after drives to the basket. Unfortunately, in Game 3 this was not a go-to play. They had the edge on the offense glass resulting in 10 more shots, but the could not connect. One bright spot were the lack of turnovers 11 which matched the amount committed by the Spurs. In the end, the Warriors had 1 less assist than the Spurs (21-20).
4. The Third Quarter thud
The second half began well for the Warriors with an immediate turnover followed by a dunk by Bogut off a sweet lob from Carl Landy to set the crowd alight. Then, Bogut rose up to block a shot off the glass to start a fast break ending in a banked hoop with a foul by Draymond Green. I’m sure even Draymond wasn’t calling bank on that one. But, the fire would dwindle. Green and Parker would hit threes before the Warriors went cold. The typical 3rd quarter scoring barrage never came to be as we have become accustomed. The Warriors got stuck at 65 points for far too long as the Spurs extended a lead.
5. Tony Parker
The Frenchman killed the Warriors. He was the difference. No doubt Popovich saw how tired the star was at the end of last game and utilized a 10 man rotation to keep his most important assets fresh. The minutes Parker gained from not playing tired were evident in his numbers tonight. He was quick in his crossover and shook the seemingly unshakable Klay Thompson like a dish rag. 25 points in the first half from Parker were a dagger wound to the stomach that the Warriors didn’t realize had been the fatal blow until the game was over.
In closing: The Warriors may be down 2-1 in the series, but history of April and May has taught me that this is s team that can take a punch. The Game they gave up last week certainly does sting (and stink) right now. At least the screaming lady wasn’t there. Stay up Dubs fans! 
Maybe the Warriors should take a page from the Spurs and start flopping? The Spurs flop. We know this for a fact. What if you flopped in real life? For an example of #SocialFlopping: https://vine.co/v/b0JmrWe0e3n

 “Aaaaand Earth”: The Warriors come back to reality. Five Reasons the Warriors lost Game 3.

You can only levitate for so long before you must return to the ground. Even David Blaine can’t levitate forever

The Golden State Warriors lost their home court advantage in Oracle Arena last night by way of a 102-92 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors were slapped by the palm of reality after two games of out-of-this-world basketball. The Spurs were able to come into the Warriors’ barn and out play a seemingly lethargic Golden State team. Maybe the lack of intensity was a result of playing in front of the Warrior faithful eager to voraciously clap until shots were made. Maybe San Antonio’s coach, Greg Popavich, thwarted the Golden State attack with the deft use of his reserves. In the end, star player, Stephen Curry never got hot and the crowd never went ballistic as they had at the start of the game. How do I know? The decibel reading updates provided during the ESPN broadcast. Curry finished the game in obvious discomfort after tweaking his left (non-surgically repaired) ankle. We can only hope that Curry will be healed for Game 4. Serious questions about future injury must be asked and I hope that extreme caution is used in getting him ready. That said, I hope it just needs some extra tape and R.I.C.E. 

Five Reasons the Warriors lost Game 3:

1. Warriors didn’t shoot “Warriors well”

The Warriors were pedestrian tonight shooting the ball. Yes, 39% is enough to win some playoff ball games, but not when you’re a team that lives by shooting like the Warriors. Granted, it didn’t help that the Spurs shot 50%. But to win in the playoffs, you have to do the things you do well…well. The Spurs were able to be more physical and make smarter plays.  The 4 time champions outscored the Warriors by 10 points despite the fact they took 10 less shots. There were moments of light for the Warriors, but in the end they were few and far between. Big stat for me: Jack, Curry, Thompson combined 17/49 = 28%.

2. The Spurs Substitutions

Popavich reminded us that the Spurs are a deep team with bigs that can pass, defend the perimeter, and shoot the ball. The quick rotation of fresh legs saved his stars’ strength and kept the Warriors off balance. Despite a bright 3 minutes from David Lee, there was nothing coming form the W’s corner that could match the guile from San Antonio’s. The Spurs’ Boris Diaw effectively passed the ball and used his size to finish at the rim. Thiago Splitter provided necessary rebounding and size to force Warrior shot attempts. While Lee did out play Bonner, the small sample size was too small.

3.  Warriors didn’t thrive in the lane

The Dubs attacked the basket with less effectiveness than the last 2 games. With the exception of the thunder dunk from Barnes that I had expected (see previous post), the finishing around the rim was sub-par. Precious misses from 2-3 feet took the air out of the team as they scrambled to stay in the game. The passing was there tonight, but a couple of assists that were not cashed in that would have helped the Curry stat line not to mention the Dub’s chances. (I have to wonder if any free agents are watching these games thinking; “Steph could be sending those no-look-left-handed assists my way.”) In games 1 and 2 the Warriors successfully knocked down open shots from passes sent after drives to the basket. Unfortunately, in Game 3 this was not a go-to play. They had the edge on the offense glass resulting in 10 more shots, but the could not connect. One bright spot were the lack of turnovers 11 which matched the amount committed by the Spurs. In the end, the Warriors had 1 less assist than the Spurs (21-20).

4. The Third Quarter thud

The second half began well for the Warriors with an immediate turnover followed by a dunk by Bogut off a sweet lob from Carl Landy to set the crowd alight. Then, Bogut rose up to block a shot off the glass to start a fast break ending in a banked hoop with a foul by Draymond Green. I’m sure even Draymond wasn’t calling bank on that one. But, the fire would dwindle. Green and Parker would hit threes before the Warriors went cold. The typical 3rd quarter scoring barrage never came to be as we have become accustomed. The Warriors got stuck at 65 points for far too long as the Spurs extended a lead.

5. Tony Parker

The Frenchman killed the Warriors. He was the difference. No doubt Popovich saw how tired the star was at the end of last game and utilized a 10 man rotation to keep his most important assets fresh. The minutes Parker gained from not playing tired were evident in his numbers tonight. He was quick in his crossover and shook the seemingly unshakable Klay Thompson like a dish rag. 25 points in the first half from Parker were a dagger wound to the stomach that the Warriors didn’t realize had been the fatal blow until the game was over.

In closing: The Warriors may be down 2-1 in the series, but history of April and May has taught me that this is s team that can take a punch. The Game they gave up last week certainly does sting (and stink) right now. At least the screaming lady wasn’t there. Stay up Dubs fans! 


Maybe the Warriors should take a page from the Spurs and start flopping? The Spurs flop. We know this for a fact. What if you flopped in real life? For an example of #SocialFlopping: https://vine.co/v/b0JmrWe0e3n


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5 reasons why the Warriors will win Game 3
1. The Spurs can’t guard the Warrior guards. Popovich starting Ginobli and/or Hack-a-Bogut means the Spurs are grabbing at straws to figure out a way to beat the Dubs.
The Warriors create problems on the perimeter that generate advantages all over the floor. When the exploit those advantages, they must make their shots. It should be interesting to see which poison the Spurs will pick tonight. I’m thinking they’ll keep the double teams coming on Steph hoping Klay doesn’t go 89% from distance again, leading to…
2. Jarrett Jack will be breaking out his A-Game. After struggling the last 3 games (Game 6 included), Jack delivered a performance worthy of the work he put in all season. I have to admit, I didn’t realize the quality he Jack gave us until I read this article by Jesse Taylor. Jack is on the upswing folks and this will be his party. (Taylor’s twitter link)
3. Festus for the rest of us. He’s starting to emerge as a true force down low on both ends of the floor. He’s tasted the fruits of his labor briefly after that slammed follow of a missed Curry lay-up. Expect 2 thunder dunks from Z tonight. 
4. The Crowd. Can the crowd score buckets for the team? No. But, the uplift provided to the players from the Dubnation will no doubt have an effect on the Warriors. Rest assured, the Spurs do not need the youth movement to get a bigger hop in their step. Rest assured, they will. On the other side of the equation: Can the crowd cause problems on the defensive end for the W’s? yes. It will be critical that the Tibkids in attendance keep mildly quiet when the Dubs are d’ing up so that they can call out picks and make adjustments. (Note: I don’t see any level of quiet happening.)
5.   Barnes throws down a monster dunk that essentially ends any chance for the Spurs to come back. I’m predicting a more tomahawk-ish style, but a two-hander will suffice. 

5 reasons why the Warriors will win Game 3

1. The Spurs can’t guard the Warrior guards. Popovich starting Ginobli and/or Hack-a-Bogut means the Spurs are grabbing at straws to figure out a way to beat the Dubs.

The Warriors create problems on the perimeter that generate advantages all over the floor. When the exploit those advantages, they must make their shots. It should be interesting to see which poison the Spurs will pick tonight. I’m thinking they’ll keep the double teams coming on Steph hoping Klay doesn’t go 89% from distance again, leading to…

2. Jarrett Jack will be breaking out his A-Game. After struggling the last 3 games (Game 6 included), Jack delivered a performance worthy of the work he put in all season. I have to admit, I didn’t realize the quality he Jack gave us until I read this article by Jesse Taylor. Jack is on the upswing folks and this will be his party. (Taylor’s twitter link)

3. Festus for the rest of us. He’s starting to emerge as a true force down low on both ends of the floor. He’s tasted the fruits of his labor briefly after that slammed follow of a missed Curry lay-up. Expect 2 thunder dunks from Z tonight. 

4. The Crowd. Can the crowd score buckets for the team? No. But, the uplift provided to the players from the Dubnation will no doubt have an effect on the Warriors. Rest assured, the Spurs do not need the youth movement to get a bigger hop in their step. Rest assured, they will. On the other side of the equation: Can the crowd cause problems on the defensive end for the W’s? yes. It will be critical that the Tibkids in attendance keep mildly quiet when the Dubs are d’ing up so that they can call out picks and make adjustments. (Note: I don’t see any level of quiet happening.)

5.   Barnes throws down a monster dunk that essentially ends any chance for the Spurs to come back. I’m predicting a more tomahawk-ish style, but a two-hander will suffice. 

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Warriors Game 2 Recap : You better recognize. 
I predicted what would happen. This Warriors team forgot about their failure 48 hours prior and rose to the occasion. I wrote before the game: “Get ready Spur fan, we’re about to forget that lesson you taught us.” So, I guess: You better recognize…that Klay Thompson shot the lights out in the first half setting the tone for a split in Texas that the Spurs were lucky to halve.
The Warriors cruised past and through the Spurs in Game 2 like Monday never even happened. The Dubs came back into to the Alamo, looked the Spurs in the eye, and took aim like grizzled gunslingers. Coach Mark Jackson started 2 rookies who backed down defenders, passed the ball to the open man, and played tenacious defense. When the Warriors needed buckets, rebounds, or defensive stops; they performed the necessary task to perfection. The Spurs were kept at a distance safe enough for the Warriors to shoot (at their rate) poorly. Well, not EVERY Bay Area squad member shot poorly. Klay let us know a little bit about why Mark Jackson called this the best shooting guard tandem…in history.
Thompson put the game on his back and scored at will. His scoring was not ravenous or ambitious like Steph’s vintage 3rd quarters. It was lethal, and calculated, and in his words “aggressive”. Klay matches his outside shooting with a keen eye for getting in the lane. These strong takes to the hoop give Klay even more space when opening up from long range. His heat check was on full blast when he pulled up and wetted a three in transition…off the dribble. Surely, his father cringed at the sight. Unfortunately, Klay’s stat line will not show the sublimity which marked his offensive effort. You could get the feeling that Klay knew he had to score and that he could score at will. Curry got into a little bit of foul trouble, then the green light was illuminated. He got it going so well he even had David Lee doing his best Ken Bazemore impersonation on the Warriors bench. Suffice to say; San Antonians were not a-whooping-and-a-hollering. I felt Klay’s 3 ball to end the third quarter (via a clumsy dish from Jack) was the play of the game. My only question for Klay would be: was that a pass to Harrison Barnes or a missed lay-up?
Coach Jackson has turned Harrison Barnes into a cagey veteran capable of knowing when to attack the rim and when to reset the offense. Jackson started Barnes alongside fellow rookie, Draymond Green who is playing such a strong role that Kenny Smith is talking about bringing in Blair to help guard him. Did you think Blair was going to be a focal point of this series? (Shout out to Draymond’s shoes last night by the way. YELLOW!) Barnes and Green played their part in getting Klay a corner another 3 to quiet the screaming lady. The play was simple: Barnes backing down an over-matched and tired Parker, help comes to Parker, Barnes dishes out to Dray who immediately supplies the extra pass to Klay…drained. Kudos to the two rookies starting this road playoff game and rising to the occasion. It should be noted that Jackson earlier in the day wasn’t selected Coach of the Year. George Karl was…remember last round? (One person at my house tonight temporarily forgot who we played. Name that TibKid and win a prize!) 
But Jackson’s biggest success isn’t on the offensive end. The Warriors defense has proven itself to be exhausting for their elderly opponents forcing Parker to have his hands on his knees in just the 2nd quarter. (I think Parker would get less tired because faking fouls is definitely tiresome. For example: my wife “hacked” me near the kitchen table on my way to the fridge five minutes ago and I’m still breathing hella heavy.) Getting a young team to buy into the fact that defense, and it’s cousin: rebounding, wins games in NOVEMBER is the reason the Golden State Warriors are winning in April and May. Jackson supplements his preaching with anecdotes including this one gained from Pat Riley: “You rebound, you get rich." The message was not lost on his squad as they surrounded the hoop in the final minutes to avoid another Spur barrage. The players are bringing the energy and are playing within themselves. But, credit the coach for putting them in a position where he gives a speech about rebounding and they listen by out rebounding the Spurs 50-48.
Steph Curry who fought through an off-night for Steph started hot while sharing 23 points in the first quarter with Klay. But, foul trouble got him perturbed and sitting on the bench. (I’m not mentioning the officiating here. That’s strictly for texting and roughly every 4th tweet. But at least I admit I am biased before pointing out clear inconsistency.) Good news for Steph is he got some rest and he had a great view of Klay’s, 7 for 8 shooting from 3 point range in the first half. Yes, no typo. 7 for 8 from behind the arc. 
Steph was key down the stretch with a calming the team with a running lay-up, and a step back 2 point dagger from 23 that all but sealed this one up with less than 2 minutes left. His shot wasn’t to his standards, but that didn’t come close to stopping him from being the best passer on the floor. He kept his teammates involved and help ignite Klay for his ridiculous 8 for 9 from 3 point range.
The successful stretch run was in stark contrast to Monday night. Not withstanding the utter collapse that carried us through the last 1 or rather, better said 2 games; the Warriors efforts finalizing Game 2 were deliberate. Dribbling for the sake of getting to the lane and to the hoop served us well. The required movement by those without the ball stood in stark contrast to our severe case of ball watching in the “Forgettable Fourth” of Game One.
As we head back to Oracle, I pose a few questions:
Did the Warriors really just win for the first time in San Antonio since 1997? Do the Spurs know they can’t guard the Dubs? When will Barnes get his Monster Dunk?

Warriors Game 2 Recap : You better recognize. 

I predicted what would happen. This Warriors team forgot about their failure 48 hours prior and rose to the occasion. I wrote before the game: “Get ready Spur fan, we’re about to forget that lesson you taught us.” So, I guess: You better recognize…that Klay Thompson shot the lights out in the first half setting the tone for a split in Texas that the Spurs were lucky to halve.

The Warriors cruised past and through the Spurs in Game 2 like Monday never even happened. The Dubs came back into to the Alamo, looked the Spurs in the eye, and took aim like grizzled gunslingers. Coach Mark Jackson started 2 rookies who backed down defenders, passed the ball to the open man, and played tenacious defense. When the Warriors needed buckets, rebounds, or defensive stops; they performed the necessary task to perfection. The Spurs were kept at a distance safe enough for the Warriors to shoot (at their rate) poorly. Well, not EVERY Bay Area squad member shot poorly. Klay let us know a little bit about why Mark Jackson called this the best shooting guard tandem…in history.

Thompson put the game on his back and scored at will. His scoring was not ravenous or ambitious like Steph’s vintage 3rd quarters. It was lethal, and calculated, and in his words “aggressive”. Klay matches his outside shooting with a keen eye for getting in the lane. These strong takes to the hoop give Klay even more space when opening up from long range. His heat check was on full blast when he pulled up and wetted a three in transition…off the dribble. Surely, his father cringed at the sight. Unfortunately, Klay’s stat line will not show the sublimity which marked his offensive effort. You could get the feeling that Klay knew he had to score and that he could score at will. Curry got into a little bit of foul trouble, then the green light was illuminated. He got it going so well he even had David Lee doing his best Ken Bazemore impersonation on the Warriors bench. Suffice to say; San Antonians were not a-whooping-and-a-hollering. I felt Klay’s 3 ball to end the third quarter (via a clumsy dish from Jack) was the play of the game. My only question for Klay would be: was that a pass to Harrison Barnes or a missed lay-up?

Coach Jackson has turned Harrison Barnes into a cagey veteran capable of knowing when to attack the rim and when to reset the offense. Jackson started Barnes alongside fellow rookie, Draymond Green who is playing such a strong role that Kenny Smith is talking about bringing in Blair to help guard him. Did you think Blair was going to be a focal point of this series? (Shout out to Draymond’s shoes last night by the way. YELLOW!) Barnes and Green played their part in getting Klay a corner another 3 to quiet the screaming lady. The play was simple: Barnes backing down an over-matched and tired Parker, help comes to Parker, Barnes dishes out to Dray who immediately supplies the extra pass to Klay…drained. Kudos to the two rookies starting this road playoff game and rising to the occasion. It should be noted that Jackson earlier in the day wasn’t selected Coach of the Year. George Karl was…remember last round? (One person at my house tonight temporarily forgot who we played. Name that TibKid and win a prize!) 

But Jackson’s biggest success isn’t on the offensive end. The Warriors defense has proven itself to be exhausting for their elderly opponents forcing Parker to have his hands on his knees in just the 2nd quarter. (I think Parker would get less tired because faking fouls is definitely tiresome. For example: my wife “hacked” me near the kitchen table on my way to the fridge five minutes ago and I’m still breathing hella heavy.) Getting a young team to buy into the fact that defense, and it’s cousin: rebounding, wins games in NOVEMBER is the reason the Golden State Warriors are winning in April and May. Jackson supplements his preaching with anecdotes including this one gained from Pat Riley: “You rebound, you get rich." The message was not lost on his squad as they surrounded the hoop in the final minutes to avoid another Spur barrage. The players are bringing the energy and are playing within themselves. But, credit the coach for putting them in a position where he gives a speech about rebounding and they listen by out rebounding the Spurs 50-48.

Steph Curry who fought through an off-night for Steph started hot while sharing 23 points in the first quarter with Klay. But, foul trouble got him perturbed and sitting on the bench. (I’m not mentioning the officiating here. That’s strictly for texting and roughly every 4th tweet. But at least I admit I am biased before pointing out clear inconsistency.) Good news for Steph is he got some rest and he had a great view of Klay’s, 7 for 8 shooting from 3 point range in the first half. Yes, no typo. 7 for 8 from behind the arc. 

Steph was key down the stretch with a calming the team with a running lay-up, and a step back 2 point dagger from 23 that all but sealed this one up with less than 2 minutes left. His shot wasn’t to his standards, but that didn’t come close to stopping him from being the best passer on the floor. He kept his teammates involved and help ignite Klay for his ridiculous 8 for 9 from 3 point range.

The successful stretch run was in stark contrast to Monday night. Not withstanding the utter collapse that carried us through the last 1 or rather, better said 2 games; the Warriors efforts finalizing Game 2 were deliberate. Dribbling for the sake of getting to the lane and to the hoop served us well. The required movement by those without the ball stood in stark contrast to our severe case of ball watching in the “Forgettable Fourth” of Game One.

As we head back to Oracle, I pose a few questions:

Did the Warriors really just win for the first time in San Antonio since 1997? Do the Spurs know they can’t guard the Dubs? When will Barnes get his Monster Dunk?

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Warriors win! DLee goes “Bazemore” as Klay goes “Curry” on Spurs to tie series at 1-1.

Warriors win! DLee goes “Bazemore” as Klay goes “Curry” on Spurs to tie series at 1-1.

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Warriors Game 2 - Lesson un-learned

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The Golden State Warriors enter tonight’s game with all the expectation and exasperation in the world. People will say: “This team won’t be able to recover from last game’s defeat .” My dear reader, you don’t know this team. Blowing a 16 point lead can’t be considered a choke job because they’ve committed such errors before (and more than likely will do so again.) The Warriors will beat the Spurs tonight for simple reasons: they’re too young to care what happened, too smart to realize that Game 1 doesn’t matter, and too resolute to shy from the challenge. Get ready Spur fan, we’re about to forget that lesson you taught us. 

 

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5  Reasons the San Jose Sharks won the first round
(link to the above all time great GIF: http://i.minus.com/ibqIqyfbMc2Y5S.gif)
1. Me
I watched the perfect amount of hockey. This might sound superstitious but I riddle you this: Los Tiburones just had their first series sweep in club history. You needed evidence and I just provided it. The only game that I watched was Game 2 and I only started watching because the Tibs were down 2-1 and I could tell they needed me. The result? Patty with a tapper (much like the series clincher above all time great GIF) and Rafi “I only like you because you’re a Shark” Torres finish from a Burns feed in OT. Not only did I watch the perfect amount of hockey in the first round, I blogged the perfect amount. Need evidence? See above. 
2. Hockey Karma 
(Link to @MercPurdy article)
When you complain about the other team, your team will not fair well. You need to be 100% focused on your team in order to beat the opposition, especially when you’re skating into a Shark Tank. The level of hockey karma needed to sweep the opposition is high. The Sharks showed the discipline necessary to ignore the temptation to settle a score the wrong way. See above gif to see the Sharks preferred method of revenge. 
3. Finding Nemo
Niemi was superb in the series. There’s a reason he’s getting the heat necessary to etch his name on the Vezina trophy. (Editorial staff note: do the names get etched on the trophy, don’t publish if not.) Yes, he did let in some goals but I’m pretty sure they were just character building lessons our Finnish friend was trying to impart on his teammates. 
4. Jumbo Joe…Pavelski
By no means am I trying to replace our beloved Jumbo from Ontario but the stat line from the series speaks for itself: #8 Joe Pavelski led the team with wait for the hockey karma…8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) to lead the team to victories. Some say he is heaven sent, until I am presented with evidence to disprove this point, I agree. 
5. The Kids
I can feel the spirit of you TibKids keeping it so real and so teal. We’re doing something right so let’s keep on keeping on. #RevealTeal

5  Reasons the San Jose Sharks won the first round

(link to the above all time great GIF: http://i.minus.com/ibqIqyfbMc2Y5S.gif)

1. Me

I watched the perfect amount of hockey. This might sound superstitious but I riddle you this: Los Tiburones just had their first series sweep in club history. You needed evidence and I just provided it. The only game that I watched was Game 2 and I only started watching because the Tibs were down 2-1 and I could tell they needed me. The result? Patty with a tapper (much like the series clincher above all time great GIF) and Rafi “I only like you because you’re a Shark” Torres finish from a Burns feed in OT. Not only did I watch the perfect amount of hockey in the first round, I blogged the perfect amount. Need evidence? See above. 

2. Hockey Karma 

(Link to @MercPurdy article)

When you complain about the other team, your team will not fair well. You need to be 100% focused on your team in order to beat the opposition, especially when you’re skating into a Shark Tank. The level of hockey karma needed to sweep the opposition is high. The Sharks showed the discipline necessary to ignore the temptation to settle a score the wrong way. See above gif to see the Sharks preferred method of revenge. 

3. Finding Nemo

Niemi was superb in the series. There’s a reason he’s getting the heat necessary to etch his name on the Vezina trophy. (Editorial staff note: do the names get etched on the trophy, don’t publish if not.) Yes, he did let in some goals but I’m pretty sure they were just character building lessons our Finnish friend was trying to impart on his teammates. 

4. Jumbo Joe…Pavelski

By no means am I trying to replace our beloved Jumbo from Ontario but the stat line from the series speaks for itself: #8 Joe Pavelski led the team with wait for the hockey karma…8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) to lead the team to victories. Some say he is heaven sent, until I am presented with evidence to disprove this point, I agree. 

5. The Kids

I can feel the spirit of you TibKids keeping it so real and so teal. We’re doing something right so let’s keep on keeping on. #RevealTeal

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