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.

Join Barbara for all the latest on the Golden State Warriors podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Thompson a miraculous subject after what he’s been through; Celtics-Heat boils down to one more game

The Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson (11) gets the bear hug from teammate and Splash Brother Stephen Curry (30) at the Chase Center after advancing to the NBA Finals in their win over the Dallas Mavericks in game 5 on Thu May 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

The Golden State Warriors have made consecutive finals that stretch right there already qualifies for the dynasty that run from 2013-19 that core of dynasty they’ve proven their talents are well beyond.

If you look at the Warriors in this and past finals they’ve established themselves since 2013. During the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons Klay Thompson was out for two seasons. Stephen Curry broke his had two seasons ago. Green was holding down the fort during that period while Curry and Thompson was out.

In that last season the Warriors finished eight in the Western Conference last season was about getting back on their feet. Wiggins helped a great deal on offense and it was about Curry getting healthy from his foot injury.

Dave does the Warriors podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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

Atlanta Prevails Over Golden State 121-110

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) has a conversation official Bennie Adams during the first half at State Farm Arena Fri Mar 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

Atlanta Prevails Over Golden State 121-110

By Barbara Mason

After the incredible win against the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat (47-27), the Warriors (48-26) took on the Hawks (37-37) in Atlanta Friday night. The young’uns played the game of their lives on Wednesday and it sure would have been fun to see them again in tonight’s game but with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green back on the court the starting roster will look different.

Chances are that those guys were pretty tired after the Magic game playing more minutes than they are used to under normal circumstances. Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga would join Thompson, Green and Wiggins to start this game.

There have been ups and downs in the month of March for the Warriors so what we would see tonight was uncertain. We were soon to find out.

The first quarter was the start that we hoped for from the Warriors. Golden State was leading after the first twelve minutes 42-36. Poole and Thompson had an amazing start in this game. 42 points in one quarter was a great start for the team.

The Warriors led by as much a 11 points in the second quarter but fell behind to trail 69-67 after two quarters. Thompson and Poole continued to lead the team but there were three missed threes in the late minutes of the half. The Warriors were having a great offensive game but they needed more defense having allowed the Hawks to shoot 60% in the first half. There was some work to do in the second half.

The Warriors offense had cooled significantly in the third quarter as the Hawks took a nine point lead 86-77 mid-way through the quarter. Trae Young was making life pretty miserable for Golden State, taking over the game. The Warriors offense needed to wake up since they had pretty much gone to sleep. The offense we saw in the first quarter was no where to be found. They trailed 101-83 after three.

When it looked as if the Warriors were doomed in this game they came storming back in the fourth quarter trailing by five points with 5:12 left in the game. There were some anxious moments in the game when if looked as if Jordan Poole had been pinned with his fifth foul.

After a review it was determined that he did not foul and the Warriors would still have Poole on the floor. The Warriors desperately needed some defense and just could not produce any. The Hawks came away with a 121-110 win.

Despite Golden State overcoming an 18 point deficit to pull within three points the Hawks had just enough left in the tank to beat Golden State.

The offense in the first quarter of this game was a good one and when this game finished Thompson had scored 37 points and Poole with 24. Gary Payton II had 14 points off the bench. The third quarter was the turning point for the Warriors. The Hawks outscored Golden State in that quarter 32-16 and that spelled another loss for the Warriors.

The Warriors will continue their road trip on Sunday taking on the Washington Wizards. Tipoff is schedule for 3:00 PM.

Golden State Finishes Off Heat 118-104 end three game skid

Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) takes a shot against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) at the FTX Center in Miami on Wed Mar 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

Golden State Finishes Off Heat 118-104

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday the Warriors suffered their toughest loss yet this year. The Orlando Magic handled them 94-90 earning their 20th win this year. It was a disaster from start to the finish for Golden State. The team played soft and sloppy and quite frankly stupid for their third straight loss.

Wednesday night the Warriors (48-25) were back on the court against the Miami Heat (47-26) who are in first place in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors were without Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Otto Porter Jr. It will up to the young guys to take on the likes of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Kyle Lowry. The Heat are the best three point shooting team in the league right now. The Warriors were able to beat them back with a 118-104 win to snap a three game losing streak

The Warriors have not finished a game in their last three outings. They have been awful in the final quarter of those games. They had 17 turnovers in Tuesday’s game and far too many fouls.

Starting in Wednesday’s game for Golden State will be Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney, Jordan Poole, Moses Moody and Andrew Wiggins.

After falling behind by ten points in the first quarter the Warriors would fight back to tie this game up at 23 as the quarter ended. Golden State was still struggling in shots from beyond the arc making 1 of 10 but they came up with some nice defense holding the Heat to 35% shooting. Miami had 0 points in the final four plus minutes. This was a definite win for the Warriors so far in this game.

It was a crazy start in the third quarter for Golden State. They went on a 19-0 run leading 69-50 after seven minutes of play. Kuminga already had four fouls and was benched until the fourth. They had to keep him available.

As soon as Kuminga left the game the tide began to turn a bit. The 19 point Warrior lead was trimmed to eight and here came the Heat with two minutes left in the quarter. The Heat shot 26-10 after Kuminga left the game but trailed after three 81-80. The Warriors had out rebounded the much bigger Heat 34-29.

The Warriors are plus 22 when Kuminga is in the game. Both Kuminga and Bjelica started the fourth quarter, both with four fouls.

In the fourth quarter Jonathan Kuminga fouled out of the game on a play against Butler that from all appearances should have been a no call. It was a tough loss for Golden State but the Warriors continued to hang onto a 105-95 lead with 4:21 left in the game.

It was crunch time for the Warriors. Throughout this game especially in the second half the Heat players and coaches were venting their frustration at each other. The Warriors had them totally rattled and for good reason as the young guys took care of the Miami Heat 118-104.

It yet another 20 plus point game for Poole with 30 points. Kuminga, Damien Lee and Wiggins each had 22 points. So last night the Warriors suffered their worst loss this season and tonight Golden State celebrated their craziest win this season. It was an incredible effort by the Warriors.

“It feels great to win. We stuck it out and kept fighting,” said Lee after the game. “We knew we had to bring the fight. JP had a hell of a game. Whenever my number is called I have to be ready,” he said. Not only was Lee ready but the entire team contributed to this win with energy, execution and effort. This game is a good reminder of just how deep this team is.

The Warriors handled the bigger Heat players despite physical mismatches. When the Miami defense began to collapse in the fourth quarter the Warriors had the Heat right where they wanted them.

Friday night the Warriors will play the Atlanta Hawks still on the road. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 PM PT.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Weak scoring in first and fourth quarters contribute to Warriors falling short 94-90

Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (bottom), battles for the loose ball with Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (top) at the Amway Center in Orlando on Tue Mar 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Golden State Warriors podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Orlando Magic put it in their minds that nothing was going to get in their way including the Golden State Warriors (47-25) and true to form the Magic came away with a 94-90 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night in Orlando the Magic now have won four of their last seven games.

#2 Jerry taking a look at the first and fourth quarters the Warriors shot poorly from the field in the first quarter getting only 17 points and in the fourth quarter with 16 points low tallies for a team like the Warriors.

#3 It’s off to Miami and the Heat (47-25) have won six of their last ten games losing their last contest 113-106 against the Philadelphia 76ers (44-27) on Monday night. Jerry, the Heat have some depth with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Kyle Lowry how do you see the Warriors matching up with the Heat tonight in Miami.

Jerry Feitelberg filled in for David Zizmor for the Warriors podcast heard each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com