Warriors headed to the NBA Finals beating Dallas 120-110

The Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) goes to congratulate teammate forward Draymond Green (23) after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Chase Center San Francisco on Thu May 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Headed To the NBA Finals Beating Dallas 120-110

By Barbara Mason

Thursday night the Golden State Warriors (4-1) took on the Dallas Mavericks (1-4) in Game Five of the Western Conference Final series with one objective in mind. They were looking to close this series out and head back into the NBA Finals. The Warriors fell behind in Game Four by 29 points but fought back to lose by ten points.

They had enough in the fourth quarter of that game to win but fell short in the first three quarters. A fast start would be a must in game five and they had to dictate play in this game through four quarters. The ebb and flow of the game had to be on Golden State’s terms and terms it was as the Warriors shut the door on the Mavericks coming away with a ten point 120-110 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

The Warriors needed Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole to step up in this game and both of them answered the call. They both had a great first half. The Warriors had the lead after the first quarter 28-23. They started out fast and the Mavericks never had the lead in the first 12 minutes.

The Warriors would extend their lead at the half 69-52. Golden State really held the Mavericks Luka Doncic under wraps. After nearly three quarters Doncic had been held to 15 points.

With one minute left in the third quarter there was a momentum shift that made Warrior fans more than a little nervous. A few turnovers, blocked shots, a shot clock violation and Dallas had pulled to within eight points 92-84. After three quarters the Warriors held a 94-84 lead. The 14-0 Dallas run in the quarter was more than disturbing.

With 5:28 left in the game the Warriors held a 110-97 lead. Both teams were fighting tooth and nail. Draymond Green left the game with five personal fouls. Some incredible defensive effort by the Warriors was keeping them in this game. With 4:10 left Golden State was looking for some stellar defense as Green came back into the game.

When it counted the most Dallas began to miss shots and we saw the Splash Brothers start hitting three’s. This spelled the end for the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors were the Western Conference Champions and headed for the NBA Finals.

Doncic finished with 28 points but the Warriors proved too hot to handle. Six Warriors finished in double digits with Thompson leading the way with 32 points going 8 of 16 from downtown. He was magnificent.

It was a proud and happy moment as Draymond Green hoisted the Oscar Robertson trophy.

“This is special because this is a group that no one thought would ever be back here. Klay Thompson with two catastrophic injuries and Steph Curry breaks his hand,” said Draymond Green. “This group continues to come everyday and put the work in. Our coaching staff has been amazing and we’re here,” he said.

Golden State awaits the winner of the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. Going into game six of that series, the Celtics are leading 3-2. Boston will be looking to close out the top-seeded Heat Friday night.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: NBA Playoffs-Warriors can finish off Mavericks tonight in Dallas; Celtics and Heat head to Miami tied 2-2

In second half action from Sun May 22, 2022 the Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins (22) throws down on the Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (11) in game 3 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas the two teams match up for game 4 tonight in Dallas (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports with Tony R:

#1 Golden State Warriors who lead the Western Conference playoffs by a commanding 3-0 lead head into game four tonight in Dallas there seems to be a confidence that the Warriors will finish off the Dallas Mavericks tonight but over confidence could be a dangerous thing.

#2 As in past post season games the Warriors relied on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green but they’ve been getting strong support from players like Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Otto Porter Jr.

#3 Turning to the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs the Boston Celtics who were down 2-1 came back on Monday night and evened up the series against the Miami Heat with a 102-82 win.

#4 It was a lopsided game 4 of sorts as the Celtics commanded a 29-11 lead after the first quarter and took a 57-33 lead into half time. The Heat came out with a 49-45 second half effort but just came up 20 points short none the less.

#5 It’s back to Miami on Wednesday night for game 5 and it’s been a series that’s been that kind of a series that’s been back and forth the Celtics were able to keep the Heat’s Jimmy Butler down to just six points in game 4 but in Miami Butler has lead Miami in scoring consistently it could be a series changer Wednesday night.

Join Tony R for Headline Sports podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Former Angel pitcher Harvey suspended for 60 days after admitting taking pills with Skaggs; Tiger and McIlroy regret Mickelson out for Championship; plus more

Los Angeles Angels Matt Harvey shown pitching against the Houston Astros on Jul 18, 2019 at the Big A in Anaheim the same year he was to have taken oxycodone pills with the late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs (AP file photo)

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 Former New York Met and Los Angeles Angel and current Baltimore Oriole pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended 60 days stemming from his taking oxycodone pills with former and late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

#2 Skaggs died from  asphyxiating on his own vomit and had oxycodone and cocaine in his system. Eric Kay the Angels former Communications director was convicted for distributing the drugs as five former Angels players testified. Kay is looking at 20 years in jail.

#3 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods said it was “unfortunate” and “sad” that Phil Mickelson is not attending the 2022 PGA Championship. Mickelson is taking some time away from golf. Mickelson said that he was going to join the Saudi Super Golf League and had said even with the knowledge that the Saudi King was alleged to have ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi Mickelson said he would still be interested in joining the Saudi Super League and got a lot of criticism for that decision and has been quite since.

#4 Jessica, the NBA is working with the WNBA on Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner’s release from a Russian prison. Griner had been imprisoned since February and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Englebert are working side by side. Silver said that he’s been working with the White House, State Department, and hostage negotiators for Griner’s release. The Russian Government has offered to release Griner for the Merchant of Death Viktor Bout.

#5 Jessica, the Boston Celtics played last night against the Miami Heat in game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Miami. The Celtics were without Al Horford health and safety issues and Marcus Smart is out with a foot injury both are day to day and could return Thursday night.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports podcasts every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NBA Conference Finals podcast with David Zizmor: Can Celtics take out Heat like they took out the Suns? How much will the Mavericks rely on Doncic against Warriors?

The Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka (left) talks strategy with guard Marcus Smart (right) during game 7 at TD Garden in Boston on Sun May 17, 2022. The Celtics and Miami Heat open up the Eastern Conference Finals today in Miami Wed May 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Conference Finals podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 Dave, it didn’t seem like the Boston Celtics had a chance to catch up once their lead dropped off and the Miami Heat were able to hold onto their lead with a 118-107 win on Tuesday night.

#2 Dave how much of advantage was it for the Heat in this first game to win at home have another game on Thursday night and get 41 points out of Jimmy Butler.

#3 The Celtics are missing a couple of key players center Al Holford due to health and safety protocols and guard Marcus Smart due to a foot sprain. The Heat’s Kyle Lowry was out for game 1 due to a hamstring pull. Dave talk about these injuries and how they impacted the Celtics and Heat in game 1.

#4 Dave, talk about the impact that the Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic had against the Phoenix Suns a series the Mavericks won in game 7.

#5 The Mavericks out scored the Suns by ten or more points in some of their wins during the second round. In the Western Conference Finals do you see them being able to do the same thing against the Golden State Warriors which starts in game 1 tonight at Chase Center?

Dave Zizmor does the NBA Conference Finals podcasts Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Will US exchange Griner for Russia’s Merchant of Death? Plus NBA Conference Final predictions

WNBA and Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner is led away in handcuffs by Russian authorities as seen here Fri May 13th is up for prisoner exchange for The Merchant of Death Viktor Bout. The deal is up for consideration between the Russian and US governments. (photo from the Toronto Globe and Mail)

On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, could you talk about the chances that you see in a prisoner swap Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner for Russia’s The Merchant of Death Viktor Bout?

#2 Griner no doubt is the face of basketball was stopped at the Moscow Airport for alleged drug possession of vape cartridges that contained hashish oil. Griner has been detained in Russia since February. Talk a little about her mental state and how she’s holding up through this process?

#3 Tony NBA playoffs Western Conference Finals are about to tip off starting on Wednesday night at Golden State with the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. All the talk has been about the Mavericks Luka Doncic. Will he be and the Mavericks be enough to get by Golden State in this third round?

#4 The Mavericks had a rather close series against the Phoenix Suns who had the best record in the NBA regular season and overcame adversity with a 4-3 series win. How much of a force would you say Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jalen Brunson have been for the Dallas offense?

#5 Turning to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals the Boston Celtics are coming off a best of seven series win over the Milwaukee Bucks and tip off against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in game 1 tonight in Miami.

Join Tony for Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Celts blowout Kings 126-97; Tatum leads with 32 in Boston victory

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is defended by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Fri Mar 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Friday night at Golden One Center. The Kings were welcoming in the Boston Celtics. The last game the Kings played was on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Kings lost to the Bucks and go no relief with another top-ranked NBA team coming into town on Friday. On Friday, the Kings lost to the Celtics in blowout fashion 126-97.

In the first quarter, the game went back and forth. The Celtics started the game off hot. The Celtics scored the first nine points in the first quarter. The Kings then came back to tie the game, but it was not long-lasting.

The Celtics then went on another run of their own to outscore the Kings 32-26 in the first quarter. It was a shaky first quarter for the Kings that would look to tighten up the defensive going forward in the game.

In the second quarter, the Celtics took over the game on the Kings. Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown went off in a massive second-quarter for the Celtics. The Kings we outscored by 35-22 in what was an embarrassing quarter.

However, you have to give the Celtics credit where credit is due. The duo of Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown proved impossible to overcome.

The Kings were doing their best to stay in the game but the firepower of the Celtics was proving unbeatable in a game without De’Aaron Fox. The Kings would look to improve in the second half down 67-48.

In the third quarter, the Kings showed some life. The Kings scored 31 points in the third quarter to make a bit of a comeback push. On the other hand, the Celtics scored only 25 points to let the Kings inch a bit closer. Could the Kings continue their good play to make a comeback on the Boston Celtics? The Kings went into the final quarter down 92-79.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings showed fight early but were ultimately unable to mount much of a comeback on the Celtics. The Celtics outscored the Kings 34-18 in the final quarter to win the game by the final 126-97.

It was an ugly ending for the Kings in a game they didn’t have much hope of winning from the jump. The Celtics were led by Jason Tatum who finished with 32 points followed by Jaylen Brown who scored 30.

On the Kings side, Domantas Sabonis played a great game going for 30 points, 20 rebounds, and five assists. It was a great performance from the big man that unfortunately will go overshadowed by the Celtics blowout. The Kings will look to turn the page in their next game.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Phoenix Suns on Sunday at 3 PM PST at Golden One Center.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings need to shutdown Celtics offense tonight to have a chance

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is fouled by Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Mar 16, 2022

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, it’s like you were saying in your column after Wednesday night’s game that the Milwaukee Bucks (44-26) Giannis Antetokounmpo was just too much for the Sacramento Kings (25-46) to handle.

#2 The Kings certainly looked a lot different than Monday night when they lead the visiting Chicago Bulls from wire to wire. With the Bucks there was very wiggle room to try and get the lead.

#3 All night Giannis and Kris Middleton proved too much for the Kings to overcome. Giannis scored 36 points followed by Kris Middleton who dropped 32 in the contest.

#4 For the Kings, Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points followed by De’Aaron Fox with 21 points. The Kings had six players in double figures in the loss.

#5 Tonight the Kings will try and get some that traction back from Monday night as they host the Boston Celtics are hot they have won six of their last seven games. They beat Golden State on Wednesday night 110-88. The Kings who played the Bucks Wednesday night in high scoring game will they have their hands full trying to defend the Celtics tonight?

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Red Hot Celtics Roll Warriors 110-88; Curry out for rest of game with foot injury

Red Hot Celtics Roll Warriors 110-88; Curry out for rest of game with foot injury

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, can’t quite get the loose ball as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart makes the recovery at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Wed Mar 16, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the Golden State Warriors (47-23) took on the Boston Celtics (42-28) in their quest for a fifth win in a row. This will be another tough match-up for the Warriors especially since the Celtics are one of the hottest team in the NBA right now. The Celtics lost a close game to the Mavericks Sunday night 95-92 while the Warriors took care of the Washinton Wizards Monday night 126-112.

The Celtics are an elite defensive team led by Jason Tatum and will challenge the Warriors winning streak. The Warriors will need to take care of the ball in this game and limit the empty possessions.

The first quarter was a disappointing start for the Warriors. They looked out of sorts and continued to force those three’s that were not dropping. Instead of driving the basket they kept on attempting three’s and it was not working. At one point in the quarter Golden State trailed by eleven points but was able to pull to within four points.

The second quarter was a replay of the first with missed three’s and as the quarter began to wind down points in the paint were 18 to 6 in favor of Boston. The Celtics had their largest lead of the game 44-30 with 1:48 left before the half.

The Warriors would have a lot of work to do in the second half. Another concern for the Warriors was Stephen Curry who had left the game and headed into the locker room with left foot soreness.

Boston led at the half 48-32. This was the lowest scoring half for the Warriors all season which was testament to the Celtics amazing defense. Golden State was 4 of 24 from beyond the arc and with little success in the paint the Warriors were in trouble.

The way that Golden State was playing in the first half, they probably couldn’t throw the ball in the bay. They were terribly off but the Celtics were thankfully missing some of their own. So no Andrew Wiggins. Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala and now Curry and Moses Moody were out for the remainder of the game.

The third quarter was a wild one and it belonged to Jordan Poole. Six minutes into the quarter the Warriors trailed by 24 points. Than along came Jordan Poole with five shots from downtown plus a couple of two point jumpers. It was an electric quarter for Poole and pushed the Warriors to within ten points of the Celtics after three quarters 79-69.

When it looked as if the Warriors just might make a run the Celtics came roaring back. They finished off the Warriors 110-88 and Golden State’s winning streak came to an end.

The Warriors are lacking the big man in the middle, and tonight Golden State saw what a great defense looks like. The Celtics showed why they are so hot offensively and defensively right now.

A lot of credit to the effort in the third quarter by Golden State. The bright spot in this game was a resounding Poole with 19 points in the third quarter but the loss of Curry and Moses Moody was a blow. Poole finished with 29 points and Klay Thompson with 18. They were the only two players on the floor tonight in double digits. Looney and Draymond Green had eight rebounds each.

The Celtics Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown each had 26 points.

The Warriors will have some much needed time off not playing again until Sunday. They will be taking on the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

47 candles for 47 points on Curry’s birthday as Golden State takes out Washington 126-112

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is congratulated by forward Draymond Green (23) after scoring a three pointer in the first half at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon Mar 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

It was a great Monday night game for the Golden State Warriors. It was Stephen Curry’s birthday and we saw the return of Draymond Green. It had been 1005 days since the tenacious threesome Curry, Thompson and Green had played a game together. Reunited and it sure felt good. The Warriors (46-22) took on the Washington Wizards (29-37) at Chase Center.

The Wizards are 11th in the Eastern Conference and are 3.5 games out of 10th place. It is a given that Curry will again be double teamed but not to the extent that he was against the Bucks Saturday night.

The Warriors had an amazing start to the game and had hit seven three’s in the first quarter. They led 33-30 with the Wizards nipping at their heels for the entire quarter. There were monstrous cheers when Green hit his first basket. Curry was able to get loose even having some uncontested shots. Although a close game so far the Warriors were looking real good.

Golden State really got going in the second quarter leading at the half 73-57. It was a far different game for Curry tonight already having scored 20 points in two quarters. Not known for their three-point shooting, the Wizards rely on shooting in the paint, which the Warriors shut down pretty well.

Washington was forced to attempt three point shots and was actually having some success although it was not enough to keep up with Golden State. Green had five points and four rebounds in his return in the first half.

The Warriors went into the third quarter with Curry playing lights out basketball shooting for 34 points a vast difference from Saturday’s game. Thompson already had 20 points and Poole had 14 points. They led 101-84 after three. The Warriors had hit 15 from downtown and there was some outstanding defense going on for the Warriors.

The Wizards made a move in the fourth quarter and had pulled to within 11 points. They had gotten some great work from their bench with 38 points. The Warriors had cooled off mid-way through the final quarter and Washington was trying to take advantage. With 5:15 left in the game the Wizards trailed by single digits.

Closer Curry came in to finish off the Wizards. Curry continued to get some great separation and had made nine of his last ten shots. He was playing on another level, an unearthly level and couldn’t be stopped. He finished with 47 points and Golden State had won their fourth game in a row.

Poole and Thompson both came away with 20 points in this game. This was such an efficient game for the Warriors offensively. It was a vast difference from a week ago, a total reversal.

“I’ve got to get my timing back. It’s just like riding a bike,” said Green after the game. “Obviously the two seed would be great but whether it be the two seed or the three seed it doesn’t matter,” he said.

It was a huge disappointment for Washinton. They had gone 0 for 4 on this road trip and hopes for a play-in game were rapidly fading.

Wednesday night the Warriors will be taking on the hottest team in the NBA right now the Boston Celtics. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Outspoken Celtics Center traded and then Waived

Enes Kanter Freedom as he appeared on the cover of the New Yorker was vocal about China and it’s politics was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Houston Rockets later to be released by Houston and is now out of the NBA (photo by the New Yorker)

Outspoken Celtics Center traded and then Waived

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

Enes Kanter Freedom is a good solid pro-basketball player, but we are living during days when free speech has become a liability and not something that should be cherish and respected. Kanter Freedom was traded to the Houston Rockets and soon immediately waived by the Rockets, ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

He has been a critic of China and their abuses of human rights (something that is also part of the narrative of the current Winter Olympics) in Beijing, China, which many are calling the “Genocide Olympics” where US imposed a diplomatic boycott).

The trade, which includes other players aside from Enes Freedom, could just be a coincidence? Or does it makes more sense to come to the simplest of conclusions that the very lucrative NBA associate with the Chinese market was the main reason he got this treatment.

Last month co-owner minority billionaire of the Golden State Warriors Chamath Palihapitiya during an interview said “nobody cares about the Uyghur genocide in China”, then later apologized after being widely slammed for his remarks. Who knows, maybe the NBA now considers Freedom toxic?

The trade was made between the Houston Rockets, going nowhere this year with a 15-40 record and the Boston Celtics positioned to be in the postseason with a 31-25 record. The trade was made official as Houston traded center Daniel Theis to Boston in exchange for guard Dennis Schroeder, center Bruno Fernando, and center Enes Kanter Freedom. Theis spent his first 3 years in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

As a player (who recently became a Naturalized American citizens and added Freedom to his name) Enes Kanter Freedom, has become an outspoken critic of China and Turkey and has voiced his opinions on several other social issues.

He was not a superstar player and was not getting a lot play recently, but as any American citizen he is entitled to his opinion. He told the Boston Globe, how much he has learned as an American. Nobody knows if he will be picked up by another NBA team. I can only hope and pray we always honor and respect the First Amendment, a key component of our democracy. Where I was born such thing doesn’t exist.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com