Warriors head into second round playoff beating Denver 102-98 at Chase

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23), Andrew Wiggins, left, and Kevon Looney (5) during the first half of Game 5 at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Wed Apr 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Head Into the Second Round of Playoffs Beating Denver 102-98

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors were primed and ready to put an end to the first round of the playoffs at the expense of the Denver Nuggets 102-98. Leading the series 3-1 the Warriors closed this out at Chase Center tonight. The Nuggets were playing for their playoff lives.

The starting lineup for Golden State included Stephen Curry for the first time since he was sidelined at the end of the season. Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole round out the starting lineup.The Warriors were focused on the slow footed Nuggets namely Nikola Jokic and DeMarcus Cousins.

Game 5 recap: As the first quarter came to an end the Warriors held a 30-25 lead. Nikola Jokic finished the first quarter three of eight with six points which was a win for the Warriors. Aaron Gordon was having a great start with 12 points to start the game and the Warriors would have to contain him somehow.

Curry had eight points to start the game and Wiggins, Poole and Thompson had six points apiece.

The Warriors ball movement to start the second quarter was keeping the Nuggets off balance. Poole was having a far better game than Game four shooting at 50% through the first and into the early minutes of the second. Mid-way through the quarter it was Denver’s Gordon that was keeping the Nuggets in the game. So far Jokic had not even factored in this game.

With under two minutes left in the half, the Nuggets took their first lead since early in the first quarter 46-45. The Nugget defense had gotten the Warriors off their game and Golden State was struggling offensively.

It was tied at 48-48 after two quarters of less than optimal basketball. In reality both teams struggled offensively in the first half and it was downright ugly at times. Denver and Golden State were shooting at 40%. Whichever team could get on track offensively would win this game. Close out games are never easy. The Nuggets dictated the pace of this game and the Warriors needed to disrupt this in the second half.

It was a slow start in the third quarter for the Warriors and Golden State was in deep trouble trailing by ten points. The Nuggets were executing their game plan to perfection and continued to dictate play. In the middle of the quarter the tables turned and the Warriors went on an 11-2 run and trailed the Nuggets by a single point 68-67.

Jokic had to sit out because of foul trouble and the Warriors were trying to take full advantage with him on the bench. As the third quarter came to an end the Nuggets had repelled the Warriors run and taken a 78-70 lead.

DeMarcus Cousins made a whole lot of noise in the fourth quarter. With Jokic on the bench to start the final quarter Cousins came in late in the third quarter and scored 19 points in 13 minutes. With 7:43 left in the game Jokic had five fouls.

The Chase crowd that had been relatively quiet for most of the game came to life in the final six minutes of this game with the Warriors leading 88-84. With two minutes left in the game the score was tied at 90.

The Nuggets would throw the ball away and Golden State would cash in courtesy of who else Steph Curry with a two point shot. It was crunch time at Chase. At 1:06 Gary Payton II hit a three and Curry the closer followed it up with a two point shot and the 99-94 lead.

Curry would hit three free throws for a final of 102-98. It was on to the second round of the playoffs, the Warriors the first in the Western Conference to advance . They will now get some much needed rest

“It’s the best time of year. I love this time of the year. It’s what we all go for. It’s physical, the referees let you bump a little more and that’s right in my wheel house,” said Green after the game. He finished with 11 points and quarterbacked his team to the win. “People are watching all over world and I cherish that and am looking forward to going on to the next round,” said Green.

Curry finished with 30 points. Gary Payton II was a huge part of this win with 15 points off the bench hitting a 27-foot three point jumper with 1-06 left in the game.

The Warriors await either Memphis or Minnesota and we can only hope for a seven game series in that one.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors with a great chance to put it away tonight at Chase Center

In first half action in game four the Golden State guard Warriors Stephen Curry drives the lane against the Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers on Sun Apr 24, 2022 at Ball Arena in Denver (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 David, the Golden State Warriors take a 3-1 lead going into game five tonight at Ball Arena in Denver. The Nuggets lead from start to finish in game four in last Sunday’s game. The Nuggets came away with a five point 126-121 win.

#2 The Warriors for much of the season have depended on Stephen Curry but since Curry ended the season with a foot injury Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins had stepped up and sealed some key games.

#3 The Warriors can close up this series tonight at Chase Center in game five with the Warriors up 3-1. The Nuggets have had a tough time trying to win games on the Warriors home floor.

Join David through out the Warriors post season for the Warriors podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Nuggets get a reprieve defeat Warriors by five 126-121 in game four

The Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins (left) reaches up to try and defend the Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic (right) in game 4 of the NBA Playoffs at the Ball Center in Denver on Sun Apr 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast:

#1 The Denver Nuggets had to the home floor and pretty much stayed ahead of Golden State in the first half but this is a Warriors team you could never count out.

#2 In that first half the Nuggets defense seemed to have something on Warriors top scorers Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry keeping them off balance on their shots with some improved defense.

#3 The Nuggets held the lead in both halves and got offensive help from Nikola Jokic who led with 37 points, Monte Morris 24 points, and Aaron Gordon 21 points.

#4 Jokic is one of the tougher Nuggets to defend he and his teammates will need that same kind of energy they had in game four to stay alive in game five but facing players like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole on offense will be another big test.

#5 Wednesday night will be game #5 with the Warriors up four games to one, can Warrior head coach Steve Kerr might think “no pressure” going into what could be the Nuggets last game of the season in Denver?

Join Barbara for the Golden State Warriors playoff podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors Suffer Crushing Loss to Denver 126-121

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, is defended by the Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney, center, and forward Draymond Green at the Ball Arena in Denver during game 4 of the NBA Playoffs (AP News photo)

Warriors Suffer Crushing Loss to Denver 126-121

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors led their series against the Denver Nuggets 3-0. This afternoon the Warriors tried to finish off Denver to win the series. While this was not a critical game for Golden State a win would give the team considerable time to rest and heal.

More time for Stephen Curry especially and Jordan Poole who has been nursing his shooting wrist at times. It’s a given that extra time off would be of great benefit for the entire team.

This was the last chance for the Nuggets so you can bet they would be playing their A-game in Game Four. For Denver it was win or go home. Win they did as they had the lead throughout the game no doubt they’re best game against Golden State in a 126-121.

The Nuggets won the first quarter 26-21 and went on to win the second quarter 37-31 leading at the half 63-52. Nikola Jokic had a great first quarter but cooled off a bit in the second. He still had twenty plus points in the first half.

When Jokic gets into a rhythm it can spell disaster for any team. He would finish the first three quarters with 33 points.

With under three minutes left in the game the Warriors were down by one point 117-116. This became a wild game after a horribly slow three quarters from Golden State.

With 1:47 left Curry tied the game at 119 with a three points play, a basket and free throw. The Nuggets would turn the ball over and Curry would give the Warriors the lead 121-119. Jokic would come right back to tie the game 121-121.

Monte Morris would give the Nuggets the lead 123-121and Will Barton would seal the deal with a three-point jumper to beat the Warriors. Denver had fought off elimination and now it would be Game Five back at Chase Center. There will be no brooms in this series.

This was a hard fought game but when Jokic shoots for 37 points it makes it very tough. He was dominate throughout the entire game.

This was his best game of the series and he got a lot of help from Monte Morris, Aaron Gordon, Bones Hyland and DeMarcus Cousins all shooting double digits. Denver needed their entire team to play lights out in order to beat the Warriors.

An awful lot went wrong for the Warriors. They fought from uphill for most of the game. Curry had a very tough first half entering the game earlier than expected when Klay Thompson committed two very early fouls. It became very apparent that he was just not ready to go in.

The team missed far too many open shots and Curry missing four free throws was also not something we see too often if at all. Poole had a quiet game with only eleven points so it was really amazing that the Warriors almost pulled this game out. This was a very disappointing game for the team.

Denver played much better than the Warriors in this game. “Steph made some brilliant plays,” said Head Coach Steve Kerr in regards to the final two minutes of the game. “We just started too late to win a road game. We got away from our game plan,” he said.

So now this series will head back to Chase Center for a Game Five on Wednesday. There will a bit of time to rest up for the team and finish off this series at home. Tipoff will be at 7:00 PM.

Warriors take 3-0 lead in Denver win game 3 118-113

Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) reacts after hitting a basket and drawing a foul against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in Denver on Thu Apr 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Take A 3-0 Series Lead in Denver win game 3 118-113

By Barbara Mason

Last Saturday and Monday night the Golden State Warriors took care of the Denver Nuggets and now find themselves leading in the series 2-0. Thursday night the Warriors got a taste of playoff basketball at Ball Arena. The Nuggets had their fan base behind them in this game which always gives the home team a definite edge.

The Warriors needed to expect something very different from games one and two if they hope to take a commanding lead in this series. Golden State had to adapt to whatever it was that the Nuggets come out with in game 3. The Warriors needed to dictate the pace and as always protect the ball. They pulled it off with a five point win to take game 3, 118-113.

The first two games of this series saw a very competitive first quarter. The Nuggets led in both of those first quarters by a single digit. The Warriors turned both games around in the second half winning by double digits.

They needed a better start in game three and things were a whole lot easier for the Warriors and Golden State defended better. The team had the same lineup as the first two games with Stephen Curry on the bench to start the game.

Game 3 recap: The Warriors wanted to have a better start and in the first five minutes of the first quarter they had a great start, a start that was lacking in the first two games.

They had a 15-8 lead and so far so good. For the moment they were not facing battling from behind. In basketball momentum can change on a dime and this was the case in the first quarter of the game.

The Nuggets led by Nikola Jokic tied up the game at 22 with 4:29 left in the opening quarter. Both teams were shooting 60%. The Warriors led at the end of one 34-32. Jokic had already shot for 12 points and both teams were playing at a very high level.

The back court and the guards for Golden State were getting the job done in the second quarter. Both teams continued to shoot lights out. Four minutes into the second quarter the Warriors were shooting at 63% and Denver at 61%.

The Warriors have been very good on the road as if they enjoy going into hostile territory. It seems to bring out the best in them. The Warriors were 11 of 19 from beyond the arc with 4:24 left in the first half and had their largest lead in this game 60-49.

In the closing minutes of the second quarter, the Warriors had some untimely turnovers but despite that they led at the half 69-59. The Nuggets made a run in the final minutes of the half but the Warriors pushed back. At halftime Golden State was shooting at 68%.

The Warriors had bottled up Aaron Gordon big time allowing only five points in the half. They also did a good job on Jokic allowing only six points in the second quarter.

The Warriors would need to keep him out of the paint in the second half. Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Curry and Gary Payton II all finished the first half of basketball in double digits. The team was 12 of 21 on three’s threw two quarters.

It was all Denver in the third quarter outscoring the Warriors 30-18. The Nuggets led after three quarters 89-87. This was the best game that Denver had played in this series by far. It was a crazy final quarter of basketball.

The Nuggets were playing for their playoff lives. The final four minutes was a free throw fest. Both teams had lost their rhythm and were spending most of their time shooting free throws. With 3:20 remaining the Nuggets took a 111-109 lead. There had been eleven ties in the game and this one was going down to the wire.

With 40.8 left on the clock the Warriors were holding onto a 116-111 lead. After a miserable third quarter Golden State came roaring back in the fourth. Curry would finish off Denver with a single free throw. The final was 118-113 and the Warriors had taken a 3-0 series lead.

Poole and Curry both finished with 27 points apiece and Thompson had 26 points in an amazing effort. Curry’s minute restriction appears to have been lifted. He played 31 minutes in this game. The heartbeat of the team Draymond Green had 10 rebounds.

“I don’t think we played very well,” said Green after the game. “We’ve got to get out of here with a win,” was what he told the team. That was the word from Green and the team responded. The Warriors had survived an ugly third quarter to take this game home in the fourth.

The fourth game of this series will be played on Sunday in Denver. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:30.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Can Warriors make easy work of Nuggets in Denver Thursday night?

Stephen Curry (30) has encouraged teammate Jordan Poole (3) to continue to dominate for the Golden State Warriors against the Denver Nuggets as seen here in game 2 on Mon Apr 18, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 The Golden State Warriors have been simply taking control of the Denver Nuggets in this first round of playoffs and the Nuggets just look like they don’t stand a chance against the Warriors as the series goes back to Denver for game 3 on Thursday night.

#2 The Warriors Jordan Poole has stepped up in recent games prior to the playoffs while Stephen Curry had been out with a foot injury. Curry has played off the bench and has cashed in but Curry and teammate Klay Thompson has been much impressed with Poole’s handiwork on offense.

#3 Game 3 Thursday night the Warriors are up 2-0 as the series is headed to Denver do you see the Warriors continuing to make work of the Nuggets in Denver for game 3?

Join David though out the Warriors post season action for the Warriors podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors take a 2-0 series lead beating Denver 126-106

Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon, left, drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole during game two of the NBA Playoffs at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon Apr 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Take A 2-0 Series Lead Beating Denver 126-106

By Barbara Mason

Monday night Game Two got underway at Chase Center between the Golden State Warriors (53-29) and the Denver Nuggets (48-34). The Warriors won Game One decisively 123-107. The Warriors saw the same starting roster as Game One with Jordan Poole again in the lineup. The Warriors knocked down game two as well with a 20 point victory 126-106 commanding victory at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

The first quarter was reminiscent of Game one with yet another slow start for the Warriors. After one quarter the Warriors trailed by a single point 26-25 as they did in last night’s game.

Turnovers and missed shots coupled with some very good play by the Nuggets really hurt Golden State. Despite the lackluster play trailing by one point was a win for the Warriors. Nikola Jokic had 12 points in the quarter and the Warriors were having some real problems with him.

In the second quarter the Nuggets really amped it up leading by 12 points in the game before Golden State made some changes. Head Coach Steve Kerr unleashed a lethal trio in the second half of the quarter.

Denver had a lot of trouble containing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole. Guarding these three was a major challenge and Denver was struggling big-time. This small ball lineup gave the Warriors a 40-12 run in the second quarter and the Nuggets were unable to handle these guys. The Warriors had been down by 12 and finished the half up by six points. 57-51.

After one half of basketball, Jokic had 16 points. The dangerous trio all finished with double digits. With one half of basketball in the books this game looked very much like the first half of Game One.

The Warriors continued to extend their lead in the third quarter. Golden State was coming up with some great defensive possessions and with three minutes left in the quarter the Warriors led 87-68. If anyone missed Game One they got to see it in Game Two in an absolute replication.

The Warriors exploded in the third quarter leading 101-81. After three quarters Poole had 27 points and Curry had 26 points. The team had 44 points in the third quarter alone. Golden State was one quarter away from a 2-0 series lead. The Nuggets were getting smothered by a deluge of Warrior excellence.

In the fourth quarter Jokic would foul out with seven minutes left in the game. Curry put the game on ice with under five minutes left in the game. In 23 minutes he had shot 34 points. Poole would finish with 29 points and Thompson with 21. It was another great dominating game for Golden State. Between Thompson, Curry and Poole they dropped 84 points and right now they look close to unbeatable.

The Warriors will get a couple of days off before taking on the Nuggets Thursday night in Game Three at Ball Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors go for second straight win in game 2 tonight at Chase

In first half action at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat Apr 16, 2022 Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole, left, is congratulated by guard Stephen Curry (30) in game one of the NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Does Warrior head coach Steve Kerr really have a tough decision to make deciding to go with Stephen Curry or Jordan Poole who scored 30 in game one against the Denver Nuggets.

#2 The Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets led with 25 points on Saturday not enough to catch the Warriors who beat them by 16 points.

#3 Curry who scored 16 said that he had a good time watching Poole work his offensive magic who admired his ability to be the leading scorer.

#4 Barbara, Klay Thompson contributed with 19 points was second in scoring the Warriors had to be glad to have him healthy considering all that he’s been through before this season.

#5 Warriors host the Nuggets tonight for game 2 at Chase Center do you see this being a competitive contest and the Nuggets will really have to get up for this one or the Warriors should handle them just like they did in game one.

Join Barbara Mason for the Warriors podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Former Warrior Cousins says Nuggets need to be prepared for Golden State

The Denver Nuggets DeMarcus Cousins says they have to really reach down deep in order to battle the Golden State Warriors who are the NBA’s toughest nemesis this Sat Apr 16 at the Chase Center in San Francisco for game 1 on (file photo from Denver Stiffs)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 One thing for sure the Denver Nuggets DeMarcus Cousins knows the Golden State Warriors all too well and the Warriors potential to do some damage in the first round of the playoffs.

#2 Cousins was part of the Warriors success in previous teams and had an opportunity to play with Warrior stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Cousins knows what they can do and says the Nuggets needs to bring their A game each night to the arena.

#3 David talk about Curry returning after spending weeks after suffering a foot injury how game ready do you think he’ll be ready for this Saturday.

Join David for the Warriors podcasts throughout the playoffs Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings hope to get back on winning track against Jazz Saturday

The Denver Nuggets DeMarcus Cousins (4) drives the ball against the Sacramento Kings Justin Holiday (left) at the Ball Center in Denver on Wed Mar 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 In the first quarter, it was the Nikola Jokic show for Denver and the Trey Lyles show for the Kings. Jokic started the game by scoring 15 points in the first quarter as his counterpart at the center position Trey Lyles scored 12.

#2 In the second quarter, Nikola Jokic coninued to pour it on the Kings scoring nine points to get his total at halftime to 24 points.

#3 The Kings defense struggled to contain the Nuggets at large as they allowed them to score 31 points in the second quarter. On the other hand, the Kings offense didn’t pick up the slack on the offensive end.

#4 In the fourth quarter the Kings weren’t able to get the job done. It was a nail biting finish, but the Kings came up short by the final of 106-100.

#6 The Kings are in Utah on Saturday night to face the Jazz. The Jazz recently made headlines they donated 32,000 nights to Ukrainians at Air B N B. If the Ukrainians are looking for lodging they can check in free of charge.

Join Jeremiah Fridays for the Sacramento Kings podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com