Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors prepared for Boston in NBA Finals; Celtics struggled to beat Heat

The Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson (11) takes a three point jump shot against the Dallas Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith (10) in game 5 in Dallas in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on Thu May 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, for fifth and final game between the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center in San Francisco was it pretty much of an easy prediction that the Warriors after losing game 4 in Dallas and having home floor in game 5 they would have a great chance to wrap up the series?

#2 Barbara, the Warriors scored 41 points in the second quarter did you pretty much feel that was a quarter that set the tone for Golden State in game 5.

#3 The Warriors dominated the series for the Mavericks did it seem that all the heavy lifting was all on Luka Doncic who finished with 28 points in game 5?

#4 The Warriors Klay Thompson said he felt like his old self from his post season days and admittedly it looked like he didn’t miss a step in game 5 leading Golden State in scoring with 32.

#5 Barbara the game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat was a nail biter on Sunday in game 7 just to get your thoughts on how you see the Warriors faring in the Finals in what will be a cross country series.

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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.

Warriors come up short against Dallas 119-109; Golden State could put it away Thursday night in San Francisco

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (11) takes a three points shot over the out stretched arm of the Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the fourth game of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Tue May 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Come Up Short Against Dallas 119-109

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday evening the Golden State Warriors (3-1) took on the Dallas Mavericks (1-3) at American Airlines Center. This is a tale of two teams. The Mavericks had faced a must win situation not having won a single game in this series.

There was no room for error for Dallas: it was win big or go home. Golden State had a completely different scenario. They needed to win one more game to move onto the NBA Finals. Golden State had everything going for them going into game 4 but it was not to be for the Warriors losing game 4 119-109.

Game 4 recap: In the first quarter, Dallas had a much different start then they did in Game Three. They were aggressive, disciplined and accurate. As the first 12 minutes expired Dallas held a 28-24 lead. The long ball was right on point for the Mavericks.

Dallas would pour it on in the second quarter. They were piling up three’s and had extended their lead 56-42 with three minutes left in the first half. It was the kind of game that we fully expected to see from Dallas. This was not a team that would roll over. The Mavs led at the half 52-47.

In a crazy turn the third quarter was delayed when American Airlines Center popped a leak. Dallas was experiencing a severe thunder storm and there were a number of leaks some of which found their way onto the court.

When the third quarter finally got underway it continued to rain on the court, raining three’s for Dallas that is. The Mavericks could not miss in the paint or beyond the arc as they continued to build their lead.

The only Warrior with double digits mid-way through the third quarter was Stephen Curry in a real lackluster game for Golden State. It was so lopsided that it was almost shocking when the Mavericks actually missed a shot. They had 19 three’s in the game so far and only five turnovers leading 99-70.

There was a real shift in the fourth quarter for the Warriors. The Mavericks began to miss shots and the Warriors had cut a 29 point Maverick lead to 16 with six minutes left in the game.

The Warriors continued to push trailing by ten points with 1:45 left in the game 115-105. The Warriors had made an amazing run in the fourth quarter of this game losing. It was just too little too late for Golden State.

Curry finished the game with 20 points and the bench was great with Moses Moody, Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga all shooting in double digits. The Warriors came up just short in this game. They stumbled in the second and third quarters and that proved to be irreparable for the team.

The Mavericks had pushed a Game Five this Thursday at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

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.

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Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: NBA fines Mavericks $100,000 for bench violations; Warriors on the brink of eliminating Mavericks

Here the Dallas Mavericks bench chose to stand for much of game 2 in this Fri May 20, 2022 photo at Chase Center in San Francisco where they were fined for bench violations in games 1, 2, and 3 as if they didn’t have enough problems trying to win a game against the Golden State Warriors in the current third round NBA Western Conference Finals (AP News photo)

On the Warrior podcast with Barbara:

#1 If problems haven’t compounded for the Dallas Mavericks who are now on the brink of elimination down 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors after a game 3 loss on Sunday night the Mavericks were fined by the NBA $100,000 for a third bench violation. Dallas players were either standing too long or coming onto or near the court. Fines doubled each time starting at $25,000, $50,000 and now $100,000 after Sunday’s game.

#2 Barbara, knowing how Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is animated, vocal and involved on the sidelines of his team is he the type of owner that will roll heads if the Mavericks were to get swept in this series?

#3 There was no stopping the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry who scored 31 points and Andrew Wiggins who had 27 points that pretty much froze out the Mavericks in the second half of the game.

#4 For the Mavericks Luka Doncic he had to carry most of the weight scoring a team leading 41 points while teammate Spencer Dinwiddie was a distant second in scoring with 26 points.

#5 It’s either win big or go home for the Mavericks in game 4 on Tuesday night as Dallas has their last chance to defeat Golden State on their home floor. Meanwhile the Warriors have lots of confidence entering what could be the final game of this third round of playoffs.

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Warriors take a commanding series lead 3-0; Golden State defeats Dallas 109-100

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber, rear, during game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sun May 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Take A Commanding Series Lead 3-0

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors (3-0) traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks (0-3) in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. The Warriors came out of it with a 109-100 win in Dallas to move up in the series 3-0 and are on the brink of sweeping the series.

The Warriors came out in the first quarter with great energy jumping to a 14-7 lead early. They went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter before Dallas really got going.

Luka Doncic would finish the quarter with a 32-foot three pointer. After the first 12 minutes the Warriors held a slim 25-22 lead. The Mavericks had really heated up as the clock ran out on the first quarter.

The Maverick’s took a lead early in the second quarter. Both teams were struggling from downtown shooting at 22%. Dallas would jump to a nine point lead in the second but Golden State would fight back to take a 48-47 lead into the locker room.

The Warriors would lose Otto Porter Jr. in the quarter who went to the locker room for x-rays on his left foot. This was a significant loss for the Warriors. Porter has been an essential part of Golden State’s success in the past two games offensively and defensively. He was unable to return to the game.

The Warriors began to have turnover issues and coupled with struggles shooting in the second quarter they could not get away with poor ball control going forward.

The Warriors extended their lead in the third quarter leading after three 78-68. Golden State had outscored Dallas 30-21 in the quarter. It would all come down to the fourth quarter for the Warriors. Ball control and execution would decide this game.

The Warriors took a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks continued to fight trimming the lead to eight but Golden State relentlessly pushed back. Jordan Poole made two crucial long shots to ice this game.

Dallas had trouble shooting the ball in the final quarter and desperately needed stops which just didn’t happen. Golden State had taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the series winning.

Stephen Curry finished with 31 points. Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson rounded out the top numbers, Wiggins with 27 and Thompson with 19.

The two long balls in the final minutes from Poole made all the difference. This was an amazing team effort. Offensive rebounding was just one more plus for Golden State. Kevon Looney finished with 12 rebounds and Wiggins with 11.

The Warriors will play game four on Tuesday night looking to finish off Dallas in game four.. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Warriors Take A 2-0 Series Lead In A Thriller 126-117

The Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (11) takes a shot against the Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half of action at the Chase Center in San Francisco in game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Fri May 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Take A 2-0 Series Lead In A Thriller 126-117

By Barbara Mason

Going into Game Two of the Western Conference Finals the Golden State Warriors fully expected to see a different Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic but they did not expect to see a right shoulder injury coupled with battling a terrible 24 hour flu that kept him up all Wednesday night. This guy is a fighter and he started in Friday night’s game although not at 100%. Doncic’s issues helped Golden State win their second straight against the Mavericks in game 2 at Chase Center 126-117.

Game 2 recap: Two minutes into the first quarter Warrior Head Coach Steve Kerr called a timeout not liking what he was seeing defensively. They gave up three open shots to the Mavericks resulting in the early Dallas lead. The Mavericks led 8-2 and Dallas was already shooting better to start the game then in game one.

Four minutes into the game turnovers were already hurting the Warriors. Doncic gave the Warriors the answer early as to his physical condition. He was two off four from downtown and six of nine on two-point shots. When Luca has 18 points in the first quarter that spells big trouble. Dallas led after one 32-25.

The second quarter was a medley of terrible calls. The Warriors were concentrating on these lousy calls rather than being wrapped up in the game. Turnovers were numerous and the Mavericks capitalized on just about all to them.

The Mavericks led at the half 72-58. Luca finished the first half with 24 points and Jalen Brunson had a great start with 20 points. Doncic already had more points then he had in the entirety of game one.

The Warriors trailed by as much as 19 points in the first half and had cut into that deficit a bit by half time. Stephen Curry really heated up in the later minutes finishing with 20 points. Golden State would need a lot more in the second half from Klay Thompson who only had 6 points and Jordan Poole with seven points.

Golden State really cut into the Maverick’s lead in the third quarter trailing by five points with 2:12 left in the quarter 81-76. After three quarters the Mavericks saw their lead cut to two points 85-83.

The Warrior had held Brunson to three points and Doncic to four. It all hinged on the fourth quarter. Golden State had outscored Dallas in the third quarter 25-13.

In the fourth quarter the Warriors took their first lead in the game 86-85. With 2:25 Draymond Green fouled out of the game. Golden State led with 2:07 left in the game 119-112.

The Mavericks just could not get any stops in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Golden State had taken a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Warriors had 38 points in the paint in a brilliant second half. Kevon Looney had a career high with 21 points and 12 rebounds. “In the third quarter I was able to hold my own. Getting those stops is always a boost,” said Looney after the game.

When you win a game with Doncic scoring 42 points you know that you played with offensive and defensive excellence.

Curry had the team high with 32 points and off the bench it was a “Poole Party” with Jordan dropping in 23 points.

Despite the continued chants from the fans “refs you suck” the sucky refs were not able to deny the Warriors this win. It was horrible officiating in the game.

Golden State will now travel to Dallas to get a taste of the fans at American Airlines Center. They will be gunning for a 3-0 series lead. Tipoff is schedule for 6:00 PM.

Warriors take game one against Dallas 112-87; Curry scores 21 pts grabs 12 boards in game 1 victory

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, left, is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right) in first half action in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Wed May 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Take Game One Against Dallas 112-87

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the Golden State Warriors took on the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Finals and came away with a 112-87 win to open the series at Chase Center in San Francisco.

After beating the Memphis Grizzlies in the semifinals there was concern with the play of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole in the last four games. While they have had their moments consistency has been missing. The Warriors Kevon Looney contended with Luca Doncic which was a very tough assignment.

Game 1 recap: The first quarter was close for a minutes but by the finish of the first 12 minutes the Warriors led 28-18. The Mavs did outscore Golden State in the second quarter by a single point 27-26. At the half the Warriors led 54-45 shooting at 56% to the Mavericks 32%.

There was better ball protection in the first half with six turnovers. The one glaring stat was the fact that Thompson was scoreless in the first two quarters and Curry was also struggling. Andrew Wiggins had an excellent first half keeping the team afloat.

The Warriors extended their lead after three quarters leading 90-69. “We are defending really well, as well as moving the ball,” said Warrior head coach Steve Kerr after the third quarter. It was quite a relief for Golden State to have Kerr back on the sidelines after a bout with Covid.

Jordan Poole, Curry and Thompson got going in the second half. In the early minutes of the fourth quarter the Warriors had a 98-69 lead prompting a Dallas timeout. When you can hold Luka Doncic to 20 points through three plus quarters you’ve really put the stops on the Mavericks.

With four minutes left in the game the Warriors led by 30 points 106-76. The Warriors bench would close out this game. Damian Lee, Nemanja Bjelica, Moses Moody, Juan Toscano – Anderson and Jonathan Kuminga brought this one home. The final was in favor of the Warriors in this first game of these Western Conference Finals.

The Mavericks had a tough start to the series. They were 11 of 48 from downtown and you could see frustration clearly etched on the face of Luka Doncic.

It was a great finish for Golden State. The entire starting roster shot in double digits. Curry had the high with 21 points closely followed by Andrew Wiggins and Poole who had 19 points apiece. Everything was working for the Warriors in the second half to secure the first win of this series. Golden State would need more of the same in Game Two.

The second game of this series at Chase will tipoff Friday at 6:00 PM.

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?

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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.

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