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What’s up sports fans. Well it happened. I’m sure by now your like me trying to piece together the last 48 hours of the NBA trade deadline, like a bad night of alcohol binging.  You know that feeling of a massive headache, not sure where anything is, and the worst is trying to piece together why you threw you pants in the shower. The good thing is those days are long gone for me. Some thirty years ago in college. I gotta be careful here. I might be revealing my age. The bad thing is we aren’t  in college we are in the present day of the last 48 hours of  the trades,  they’re for real and no one was drunk. Although some people might be thinking Joe Lacob, and Peter Guber were when they made a trade that Warriors fans and NBA aficionados might be scratching there heads about.

After 7 Seasons The Best 2 Guard In The NBA Is No Longer A Golden State Warrior.

I’m sure your well aware that in the last 48 hours the Golden State Warriors traded long time 2 guard, and scoring machine Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks. They also sent a developing and budding defensive standout Ekpe U’doh and 7 foot center Kwame Brown to Milwaukee. In return Golden State got Andrew Bogut and , god I can’t believe I’m about to write this, STEPHEN JACKSON!! Yes, our old Capt. Jack was expected to return to the Warriors. But hold on, wait a minute, the Warriors attempt to make up for this trade, by trading Capt. Jack to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson , T.J. Ford and the Spurs 2012 first round pick. Now I gotta be honest with you in the beginning of this trade I was extremely upset. Because I’m a Monta Ellis fan, and I just couldn’t see the W’s trading him before Andris Biedrins. What is also notable is as much as everyone is warming up to Steph Curry, and I agree, cause I like Curry too.

Ekpe Udoh

Ekpe We Will Miss You

But if I had to pick someone to get traded it probably would have been Steph. Simply because he’s not in my opinion as durable a player as the Warriors need right now. I just thought that Curry needs more conditioning. Well let’s face it, the whole team needs that. But to me if one of them has to go, it would’ve been Curry, with Andris. I also thought Andris would’ve be gone before Ellis would. And how do you just let a rising defensive player like Ekpe go? Okay so, we trade Kwame, which I can see that. He’s injured. But we trade an injured center to get an injured center? If this trade would’ve stayed the way it originally was portrayed I would be still upset. Getting Capt. Jack now is like trying to re-sign Chris Mullin. Don’t get me wrong Chris is a great player, and is in the Hall of Fame, but were not trying to get him to play now. His career is over.

Andrew Bogut Is Now A Golden State Warrior

Kwame-Brown Is Now A Milwaukee Buck

So is Stephen Jackson’s. If he try’s to comeback at the end of this season, who would sign him? I’m not trying to bad mouth Stephen Jackson either, it’s just that it is what it is. You play in the NBA for a time and then you move on to something else. Unless Capt. Jack can prove me wrong, I think after this season I wouldn’t be surprised if he did retire.

Lacob & Guber didn’t get run through the “You screwed the trade up.” ringer long enough before they cleaned it up by getting Jefferson and T.J. Ford. Richard Jefferson is a nice acquisition. Andrew Bogut on the other hand is still a work in progress. Larry Riley was on Comcast Sportsnet last night during the Warriors loss to the Celtics, and stated to Jim Barnett and Bob Fitzgerald that the Warriors doctors believe that Andrew Bogut injury to his leg will heal and he can be ready by next season. This is the problem I have with that prognosis. Doctors make mistakes all the time, and no one can know Bogut’s future, at the end of the day Lacob & Guber are gambling with the fans season with this trade. If it works this post I’m writing will probably get burnt off the internet. But if I’m right you who have read it will be remembering this post. I hope I’m wrong.

Richard Jefferson Is A Golden State Warrior

But they did get Jefferson, and on the business side of the NBA by trading Ellis, U’doh and Brown they’re looking for to the  future results of this trade. The problem I have is that when you look at the franchise track record for trades, it is down right brutal. If your a Warrior fan like me, then you know the saying. If we could bring back every player we’ve traded in the last five years we’d have the NBA championship for the next ten years. Bogut is 7’0 foot at 260lbs. He averaged with Milwaukee 11 points, 8 rebounds with two block shots per game. If he’s healthy he could add what the Warriors want, more beef in the paint. Richard Jefferson is 6’7 at 225lbs. He averaged 9 pts. and about 3.5 rebounds per game. But I think with him it’s playing time. I’ve seen Richard Jefferson light it up when he get hot. Well it doesn’t matter now.

What’s done is done. Warriors executives only want to dwell on the positives of this trade, and this season was short so the trade won’t really matter until next year anyway.  We will see Monta’s reaction on the court tomorrow night when the Milwaukee Bucks take on his former Golden State Warriors. What’s your take on the trade. Tell me what you think. Remember folks, it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


What’s up sports fans? I bet you’ve been wondering why I haven’t put anything in my blog about Golden State’s 2012 season. Your probably wondering why I haven’t put a lot of time in covering at least the first game of the season. I’ll tell you why. Maybe it’s because I feel like this season, even though it is short, is just like every season that preceded it. If by some great miracle that the Warriors get into the playoffs, they most likely will be ousted in the first round. I say by some great miracle because this is a shortened season, So that means their chances are greatly reduced. Now most of you out there who are reading this for the first time might be thinking, that I’m not a Warriors fan. On the contrary.

 

 

I’m an enormous fan! I met Charles Johnson or (C.J) when I was nine years old. He used to live right around the corner from me. I still see his sister Michelle everyday on my way to work. No I don’t dislike the Warriors, I love them. But I’m also a realist when it comes to competitive sports, especially the NBA. I’ve been watching it too long to know otherwise. The Warriors owners in the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, as short as it is, wanted us to feel the way we Warriors fans felt back in 2007. We wanted to BELIEVE! But unfortunately the season is turning to be just like most of the seasons we’ve had in the past. Some people will start coming up with just about every solution they think will solve the Warriors winning woes, and put them on the right track.

When it’s obvious that the only way Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are going to get a winning season out of this franchise is to do like all the other winning franchise owners do, spend a boat load of money and get more competitive players. When they do decide to do that, go after the players that know how to win games. Go after Dwight Howard, and when I say go after Dwight Howard go and get him!! Don’t come at him with some rinky dink deal, out bid all the other teams and go get him! Go after Joakim Noah. Go after Rajon Rondo. Go after the players that will win you games. Go after Kobe Bryant if you can. Go after Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Manu Ginobli, Joe Johnson or Tony Parker. If you need go after Lebron James or even Dwayne Wade.

Whatever player you think will help you win games go after him, and get it done!! Because if you owners think you can stand in front of the crowd of fans, guarantee playoffs by setting up a contract with the fans simply because it brings good PR, and think that’s going to change psychological profile of this franchise, which is to loose, your living in new ownership nieve land. Hey the clippers went after Chris Paul and Chauncey Billips, pair them up with Blake Griffin and where are they now? A top the Pacific Division, sitting at No. 1. Are you listening Mr. Lacob, and Mr. Guber? So far the shortened season and the sea-saw win, loose schedule has shown the same bad formula for Golden State, no consistency for winning games.

It’s sad. I know that when the new owners took the helm, they had good intentions. But really if they mean what they say they will re-evaluate their strategy and put together a plan of action that will get better results. Because right now we’re looking at the same old thing. Opposing teams will come in to Oracle Arena and they’ll be thinking not if they’ll win, but how they’ll win. What do you think? Am I talking loud and saying nothing? Or am I speaking the truth? What’s take on my rant? Send me a e-mail tell me what you think? Remember folk it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Golden State Warriors New Head Coach Mark Jackson

Golden State Warriors New Head Coach Mark Jackson

What’s up sports fans? Wow! Are you reading this? I’m writing this. The Bleacher Report has released conformation that the Golden State Warriors have chosen a person that no one considered for their new head c0aching position. Mark Jackson has chosen to come to Oracle Arena to coach the Golden State Warriors. This is Huge! I’m trying to stay in my seat while I’m writing this. When you look at the different choices that were available and the coaches that decided they didn’t want the job, to get Mark Jackson to agree in my opinion means change isn’t coming, change is here. The 17 year veteran of the NBA and ESPN Sports analyst has decided to forgo holding the microphone and start leading the Warriors into NBA battle for the 2011-2012 season.  Here’s a statement from Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob:

We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach. He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons and we think that characteristic — and many other positive traits — will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team.

He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.

You have to give Joe Lacob and Peter Guber a hand. They needed someone with experience in the game and someone who can motivate players. I personally think this is a good decision. When you hear Mark Jackson analyze live games you can tell that he strategizes well.  He made a comment the other night concerning game 3 of the NBA Finals that made a lot of sense. That “While your posting up for shots watch the response of the defense when changing passing decisions.”  See only good players and good coaches would think that much ahead of plays while they develop.  Here is a great opportunity and the new Warriors front office takes full advantage of the situation. There is one thing that Warrior fans should consider.

With the team moving in the direction they are trying to move to, which is success, fans are probably wondering what type of mindset does Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have to make a move like this. I can tell you this, it’s the same mindset Joe Lacob had four years ago when he worked with some key individuals to produce a championship in Boston. Yeah, that’s right. When Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were raising their championship trophy a few years back Joe Lacob had his hand in that. And look who Mr. Lacob partnered with to turn around this franchise.  A man who’s knowledge of the entertainment world can’t be questioned. This what he was able to put together in linking up with Peter Guber. Can you feel it? I can. It’s the winds of change coming to the Bay Area.

Slowly but surely Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are putting all the pieces of the puzzle together to produce a winning NBA franchise. Whew! I can’t believe I said that and I can’t believe I heard those words coming out of my mouth. A winning NBA franchise. That’s something we Warriors don’t know about except maybe once in our lifetime, and even then we were to young to understand the magnitude of the event. The Golden State Warriors have new ownership. They have a new head coach. Now if they can manage to get that certain impact player to change the scheme of the Warriors playing philosophy.  It would put us right where we need to be, in the playoffs! If I were Golden State I would go after Ne~Ne from the Denver Nuggets. The reason why I say this is because when you look at the NBA as a whole, no NBA Franchise has been able to capture an NBA title without a dominate big man. The don’t just need a bigh man, they need a big man who can do the job.

They’ve had big men in the past, they have Andris now and I’m sorry to say but he’s just not doing the job. Ne~Ne can mix it up with the best of them. Plus his contract is up. Mr. Lacob, Mr. Guber, Mr. West, and Mr. Riley I hoping your listening because if you guys can put together a deal and land Ne~Ne, it would change the whole division of the Pacific West, and the days of the Lakers coming in Oracle Arena and beating up on our Golden State Warriors would be over. Think about it Mr. Lacob, Mr. Guber, Mr. West and Mr. Riley. I could see Ne~Ne in a Golden State Warriors uniform. So do think Mark Jackson will make an immediate impact or you think it was a bad idea hiring him? Tell me what you think. I want to know. Remember folks its’ ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Golden State Warriors Owner's Joe Lacob & Peter Guber

Golden State Warriors Owner's Joe Lacob & Peter Guber

What’s up sports fans? I didn’t think I’d ever be writing this. The man who kept the Los Angeles Lakers in Championship contention for so many years is going to have a say in the operations of the Golden State Warriors? On Tuesday May 24, 2011 a press conference was held to announce that Jerry West the man who donned gold and purple for the Lakers will be one of the voices of wisdom in the front office of Golden State.   “I would hope that I will have a voice, but I will not make that final decision,” West said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “I don’t want to be the final decision-maker. I don’t think it’s fair to the people in place. That was my biggest reservation coming here. I didn’t want to come here and feel I would overshadow Larry and Bob.” I’m wondering if what Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are saying about this franchise is true. This is just one of the moves the new owners putting into motion to improve the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State Warriors Advisor Jerry West

Golden State Warriors Advisor Jerry West

The other is that they publicly announced that they have offered a Contract Of Improvement for their season ticket holders. This is a bold move in my opinion. I mean I’ve seen teams get bought, and in some cases relocate to another city, and the new owners have come with great inspirations and expectations and most of the time it doesn’t work out that well. Trust me we Warrior fans know it all too well. We had Cohan for over a decade and look what happen there.  But for Guber and Lacob they’re putting their reputations on the line, and that’s huge. I don’t know about you but I’m thinking for them to publicly come out and announce something like this they must be ready to make this franchise pristine. Because I am a Warriors fan I can say it appears that good times are ahead. Peter Guber and Joe Lacob must be pretty confident also, because I’m sure they know that if they don’t succeed the buying public will be brutal. You can count on them receiving hate mail, bad write ups from the press, just about every stinking comment you can think of like, “Lacob, Guber you promised change and you couldn’t deliver!’

This is the reason why I do believe that they must have a secret weapon. I know I personally wouldn’t make a promise and then wait for the onslaught of people and sports writers to hang me out to dry because I couldn’t produce the change that I promised. Just look at what they are promising to the season ticket holders,

1. The Warriors will make the 2012 playoffs. If they do not, ticket prices will not be increased for the 2012-13 season.

2. The Warriors will send a player to the 2012 All-Star Game. If they do not, all season-ticket holders will receive an autographed piece of All-Star merchandise, and be entered into a drawing for an all-expenses paid trip for two to the All-Star Game in Orlando.

3. The Warriors will win 25 or more home games. If they do not, all season-ticket holders will be invited to an exclusive two-hour autograph session at Oracle Arena with the entire team.

4. The Warriors will honor a risk-free renewal, with a 5% interest guarantee option for the 2011-12 season. That policy will be guaranteed with a 25% deposit payment.

I have to admit after looking at these promises I want to be a season ticket holder. Do you think they’ll produce or fail? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


What’s up sports fans? You know this was a game I couldn’t call, I mean this is just a topsy-turvy world. I think it was just a month ago I was blogging how Dallas had Golden State’s number, they had beaten them twice and the Warriors didn’t really know how to stop them. I’m corrected at times when I’m wrong and I don’t mind it because, let’s face it you can’t be right all the time. Usually when I’m corrected it’s sometimes hard to take, because it generally means I have to eat crow, or put it bluntly wipe egg off of my face. Well someone hand me a towel, because after this game I have a whole dozen eggs on my face. The Warriors decided enough is enough. You Mavericks come in here and bring Mark Cuban in here to our Oracle Arena, gloating over how you used us the last couple of games that’s enough.

It’s time to bring you Mavericks back to the year 2007. Yeahhh, see you Mavericks don’t want to think about that year, well we’re going to make you relive it, and relive it they did. What’s is hard to believe is the Mavericks leading scorer for the game was Shawn Marion, can you believe it Shawn Marion? Marion finished with 21pts. The reason why is because Golden State’s defense was shutting everybody down, that goes for Dirk Nowitski, Peja Stojakovic, Jason Terry, well okay Jason Terry did have 17pts. Dirk Nowitski was held to just 16 points, credit David Lee, and Ekpe U’doh. The two of them stayed on Dirk like he was giving away the winning $10 million lottery ticket.

“We’d love to get some wins here before we start off, but the playoffs are also a completely new season,” said Nowitzki, held to 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting. “We’d love to get some momentum, start making some shots, look a little better. We look a little flat lately, look a little tired. So hopefully we can step it up here.” Well they didn’t. Monta Ellis scored 32pts. with a bad right ankle. I only hope he hurts that ankle some more as long as he scoring like that.  “I just kept believing we were about to hit a hot streak,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. Dallas didn’t hit that streak he spoke of, as a matter of fact the Mavericks hit a all time low at Oracle Arena. They shot a miserable 37 of 90 from the floor with just 5 of 25 from three point land. Dallas did get it back in the fourth quarter, and one of the reasons why is Golden State was starting to look fatigued.

Jason Terry hit a three pointer, and Shawn Marion made a dunk, and then the sea-saw game continued, each team scoring and trading baskets back and forth, until Steph Curry hit a three which put the Warriors up for good by six and took away any hope of the Mavericks getting the “W” from the “W’s”.  “We just have to learn from these games,” Ellis said. “Watch a lot of film and see the good things we did and correct the bad things we did. Treat every game like it’s our last five. We still have a job to do and that’s to finish the season up strong.”  Dorrell Wright scored 12, but two of his shots from that 12pts. were history makers. Dorrell with those two made threes tied the franchise lead with most threes in a season at 183. The only other Golden State Warrior to do that was Jason Richardson back in the 2005 season with 183. It was a win that Golden State savored because of the way Dallas continued to pound them this season.

It was no question they were looking for a little redemption and they got it. You can probably almost put you finger on the fact the Dirk and boys won’t forget this loss either. Hey let’s keep it real, Dallas may have to battle the Lakers, Spurs, Suns and the thunder but everybody in the league still knows that if the Dallas Mavericks have a nemesis it isn’t the Lakers, Spurs, Suns, Trailblazers or the Thunder, trust me when Dirk goes to sleep at night he can still see Baron Davis go up for the dunk and bring the Mavericks 2007 playoff run to an end. Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


 

What’s up sports fans? Well what a difference a day makes? Warrior have just come off a courageous battle in Oklahoma City, and if your Warrior fan you proud of the way they played against Oklahoma. As a matter of fact your thinking they are going to pour it on whoever they play next, right? Wrong, the Warriors barely even showed up in this game. To make matters worse Monta Ellis got hurt. It was a terrible shooting night for Golden State. The Warriors committed 14 turnovers, how in the world do you think you can win a NBA game with 14 turnovers. The Warriors did have a second half 10pt. lead and your wondering okay maybe this isn’t so bad, but then you watched it just dwindle away.

It wasn’t that Memphis was so good, it was just that Golden State shot terribly and continue to commit fouls. They finished with 18 fouls. “Tony Allen’s out there anchoring the defense,” Curry said. “They all work together and move well. They clog the paint, and when you get in the lane, it’s tough to finish. They’ve got some big guys down there. We weren’t making our shots on that outside, and that cost us.” Tony Allen finished with 21pts., 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each contributed a combined effort for 40pts., Conley had 7 assists while Randolph had 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Dorrell Wright led Golden State with 16 pts. and 4 rebounds. This would be the Warriors 8 straight road loss this season.

“I think because we are a team that is still growing, you have to understand how to win on the road and how to win in tough buildings and tough environments,” Warriors coach Keith Smart said. “And how to win when you are tired and banged up at this time of the year.”  In any situation this game clearly was about the offensive rebounds which the Warriors could’nt procure for themselves, it was also about offense and since there wasn’t any Memphis just took full advantage in the second. Steph Curry was just 2-14 from the field and just 1-6 from beyond the 3pt. arc. Curry shoots more threes than that in just one half. Not to mention the Warriors weren’t getting up and down on court well they looked like they just didn’t have it in them in this one.

“They were dragging a little bit,” Hollins said of the Warriors. “It’s late in the season. I always say when you start putting pressure on teams that are near or out of the playoffs, you tend to find out if they’ll fight, and most nights they don’t. “They didn’t have enough fight. It’s a long season, and they were losing and tired from a game [Tuesday] night. We just did what we had to do.” To put it plainly from the Warrior fan base and people who I’ve talked to no one could figure the Warriors out and why they played so sluggish. Vladimir Radmanovich had 11pts., David Lee had 12pts. and 9 rebounds, but none of that seemed to matter. “I tell him to concentrate more on defense and less on offense,” Hollins said of his conversations with the sometimes aloof Allen. “I think that some nights the opportunities are there. He slashes. There were a lot of transition buckets. There were a lot of times when the lane was open, and he just drove and beat his man to the basket.”

After watching the game even though Memphis had there rallying point of the game I just still think the reason why the Warriors lost this one is because they just didn’t want. I’ve seen Golden State fight back harder than this. There wasn’t anyone going after lose balls, no one fighting for rebounds, poor shot selection, people not working hard to set up screens it just looked like a different game than the Oklahoma game, a different team. What made matters worse was that it was the Grizzlies that looked tired and sluggish in the first half so you thought it was going to go in Golden State’s favor. “(Coach Lionel Hollins) told us we just weren’t playing hard at all,” Allen said of Hollins’ ranting about energy before the second-half rally. “He told us we needed to step it up a notch on the defensive end, and that’s what we did.”

By the end of the night Monta Ellis had sprained his right ankle and the rest of the team acted like a little kid that just lost his helium balloon, they just sat back and watch the victory fly away. I wondered what the team was thinking as they watched the final seconds tick away with the loss looking at them in the face and there wasn’t anything they could do to stop it. Mr. Smart has given us many explanations for why the Warriors play the way they play. In this one he says, “This is all a learning stage for us.” I can appreciate that part of it because he’s right this team is young, and you see the youth in a lot of their games this year, but this game it’s hard for me to accept his explanation. In this game they just weren’t competitive. What made things even more difficult was that it just looked like they just gave up. What do you think? Write back and tell me. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified


 

What’s up sports fans? In a game that was obvious, it was anything but obvious. This is a game everybody pretty much knew that the Oklahoma City Thunder would drag the Golden State Warriors. Instead it was a game that Oklahoma barely got out of it alive. The Thunder’s leading scorer Kevin Durant averaging 28pts per game, and with Russell Westbrook averaging 22pts. a game this team is without a shadow of a doubt going to the playoffs, the fact that they will probably hold the number 3 or 4 seed the playoffs this game should’ve been decided by the middle of the fourth quarter. The problem is Oklahoma had too much Steph Curry to deal with, but Oklahoma has the NBA’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant, and Westbrook and Durant are NBA All-Stars.

Put that all to the side, this is how the game ultimately went. Both teams traded baskets for most of the first quarter until the second quarter and the Thunder just pulled away. At this point Oklahoma thought they could just relax, uh, uh, sorry,  it’s not that simple. The Warriors went off of a tear of their own. Steph Curry tore right into the Thunder by hitting 35 pts., 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. “Sometimes good players may struggle the whole game and they have an ability to lock in late,” Smart said. “We thought we got the right matchup.” Oklahoma was in command primarily because their scorer Kevin Durant fired off 39pts., 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Russell Westbrook had a less than stellar night for him with only 15pts.  and 8 rebounds. “Russell’s a big-time scorer and we wanted to get him something driving to the basket, which is his strength. We knew they were going to call a foul if he drives so hard and tried to score,” Durant said.

“It was good for either person. I could have posted up at the free-throw line and tried to get a shot or Russell could have took it to the rim.”The Thunder did get good help from Serge Ibaka with 19pts. and 8 rebounds and Kendrick Perkins who chipped in 13 rebounds. James Harden also contributed with 14pts., which adds up as to why Oklahoma stayed competitive throughout the game. During the second half that’s when the game began to reveal itself, because even though Oklahoma on paper was the better team, after watching the game I feel that Golden State played better. Anytime your in a game and you have to anxiously search for a way to win the game that means you are being out played. In the end Oklahoma had to find a way to win this game.

Golden State rallied from a 14pts deficit to cut the lead to two, and eventually they took the lead, only to watch it go back to the Thunder and they moved ahead by 10pts.,  “It is not the way we wanted to execute down the stretch, but we did get the win and I give our guys credit for staying together and hanging in there,” Brooks said. David Lee finished with 24pts. and 15 rebounds another double double night for him. Both teams were evenly matched throughout the game, but the game changer was in overtime. It appeared that Oklahoma City would get the win, but two huge three point shots from Reggie Williams off the right wing and Monta Ellis who finished with 20pts. and 11 assists tied the game with just 6:9 seconds left in the game. Kevin Durant had a last chance to hit a jumper to win the game but missed which sent the game to overtime. Keith Smart sent in a 2-3 zone that really shut down Oklahoma which was another reason the game went into overtime.

Oklahoma couldn’t hit a shot. Coming out of the huddle in overtime, you could see the look on Kevin Durant’s face and he shook his head as if to say, “No I can’t believe were in overtime.” Tha’ts when Oklahoma started trying to find a way to win the game. They even exploited a foul from Steph Curry to get to the free throw line. I say exploit because what is evident about Golden State and everyone in the league knows this Golden State gets more bad calls than any other team in the NBA. The officials will call something against the Warriors before they call it against opposing teams. “That shouldn’t be a call because defensive players, you’re trying to tell your guys to get up on a good player,” Smart said. “If the player’s going to bait you into a foul — and I understand it’s a rule, so there’s nothing we can do about it — but … who has the right to the space? We’ve got to come to a conclusion.”

Kevin Durant himself even stated that whether or not it is fair is in question but until the league changes its stand on the call he would use it. “They’ve said it’s a legal play, so I’m going to keep doing it until they tell me I can’t,” said Durant. “That’s when I’ll stop.” It lead to Durant’s free throw which gave the Thunder the lead. With seconds left in overtime Monta had one more chance to get the win, but the shot rimmed out and Oklahoma got the 115-114 victory. “If you go back and look at last shots I have taken this season, you will notice that I took all of them the same way, even the one tonight,” Ellis said. “It just did not go down.”  Tough loss for the Warriors, one thing for sure Oklahoma can’t say they ran away with this one, or can they? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!