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Curry was the catalyser of his team. He finished the first round with 23 3-Pt Field Goals connected. 146 pts were scored by him ! Well helped by J.Jack, Curry was a strong tool to ruin Denver. 

Rk Player Age G MP FG% 3P 3P% FT% DRB TRB AST TOV PTS
1 Stephen Curry 24 6 239 .468 23 .434 1.000 24 26 56 20 146
2 Jarrett Jack 29 6 228 .526 4 .308 .906 26 31 42 24 113
3 Harrison Barnes 20 6 213 .457 13 .406 .857 29 33 7 4 89
4 Klay Thompson 22 6 246 .463 12 .343 .667 19 22 11 13 88
5 Carl Landry 29 6 126 .500 0 .864 16 24 5 10 77

 

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What an accomplishment made by Mark Jackson and his fellows ! Curry, Jack , Barnes were everywhere on the floor to push the young team (25,3 years old on average ) Only the Rockets with an average of 24,4 are younger. Mark Jackson can be proud of his team.

Mark Jackson is the right man in the right place

David Lee’s injury during the opener of the series was not a problem to solve Denver’s equation. Golden State with 643 points, 107,2 pts per game is  the only team to shoot with at least 40% behind the arc during the post season ( 59 – 147 ). David Lee just played 30 minutes during the serie, with 10 points and 15 rebounds.  Well, How They’ve won without the all star Lee.

If you’re looking at how the Warriors have won three straight, you have to start with the baby-faced assassin: Stephen Curry.

Entering the playoffs, I thought the Denver Nuggets had a fair chance of reaching the NBA Finals. Even without Danilo GallinariGeorge Karl‘s team seemed like the kind of machine that would just replace the missing cog with guys like Wilson ChandlerEvan Fournier and Corey Brewer. I didn’t give the Golden State Warriors much thought and once David Lee went down, I thought the series would last four, maybe five games. About a week later, Nuggets fans and I are sitting here scratching our heads and wondering how a Warriors team without its All-Star power forward has pushed Denver to the brink of elimination. After you know the history. Warriors are in the next round.

The great component of the Warriors’ success is Stephen Curry and his magnificent play. In three consecutive games won by Golden State, Curry was averaging 30 points, 10.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and three steals while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range  to pace the second youngest team in the post season. People, those numbers are just whopping. Especially when you consider all the efforts Denver has made defensively to prevent Curry from taking over the way he has.

It’s time to celebrate it

Behind a crucial home win vs Nuggets,  Golden State reaches NBA 2nd Round.  The Golden State Warriors became the first National Basketball Association team this postseason to wrap up a playoff series at home, and the Brooklyn Nets won on the road to force a decisive Game 7 tomorrow against Chicago.

The point guard Stephen Curry the MVP of this series  netted 14 of his 22 points in the third act as the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 92-88 to complete a four-games-to-two series victory and advance to face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference’s second round.

Spurs – Warriors is the next series

Golden State will be playing in the second round of the playoffs only for the second time in 22 years. Game 1 of the Warriors-Spurs series is set for May 6 in San Antonio.

Curry had eight straight points, including consecutive 3- pointers, as the Warriors took the lead for good early in the third quarter and built the margin to as many as 18 points in the fourth period before surviving a late Denver rally.

The Nuggets used a 13-0 run to whittle the margin to five points and got within two points in the final minute as the Warriors missed shots and committed 10 turnovers in the final period. Nuggets have missed their first round. Karl was overcoached by the rookie Mark Jackson as head coach.

“God has a sense of humor, because he wanted to show folks at the end as we threw the ball all over the place,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said in a news conference. “It’s only a miracle that we advanced.”

Lee’s notable minute

Andrew Bogut , posted up 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Warriors, who got a cameo appearance from All-Star forward David Lee — who played one minute in his return to the court after hurting his hip in the opening game of the series.

Jackson, who played guard for the Knicks in 1987-92 and 2000-02, said his decision to play Lee was in part homage to Hall of Famer Willis Reed, who limped onto the court and hit two baskets for the Knicks early in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I guess the New York City in me, the Willis Reed impact as a kid, really played a role,” the Warriors coach told reporters. “Not only did I put him in, but I ran a play for him for a shot, just about where Willis hit his shot.”

The Warriors are often weird . Weird and spectacular and inexperienced and exuberant and inconsistent — I want to say, really, really fun to watch.  With the confetti snowfall filling the air of Oracle after the final buzzer, it was easy to drift back to Game 2, when Jackson talked to his players in the huddle during a timeout. “In case I forget to tell you guys,” he said, “I love you.” Jackson is the soul of the team ! Indeed the Game 2 won on Denver was the key game of that series.

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Eastern Conference First Round (3-3): Chicago Bulls tied with Brooklyn Nets
Eastern Conference First Round (3-2): Indiana Pacers over Atlanta Hawks
Eastern Conference First Round (4-0): Miami Heat over Milwaukee Bucks
Eastern Conference First Round (3-2): New York Knicks over Boston Celtics
Western Conference First Round (4-2): Golden State Warriors over Denver Nuggets
Western Conference First Round (3-2): Memphis Grizzlies over Los Angeles Clippers
Western Conference First Round (3-2): Oklahoma City Thunder over Houston Rockets
Western Conference First Round (4-0): San Antonio Spurs over Los Angeles Lakers
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Curry ( 15 pts ) was well stopped by Denver’s defense. Dirty plays said Mark  Jackson ! 

The  offensive Nuggets finally looked like themselves this series. By topping the Warriors 107-100, the Nuggets not only staved off elimination, but grabbed some momentum in the process. They finally find a solution to display theirs skills. Yeah they were terrific in the paint to play the game they fancy.

Nearly every Nugget win this season saw the same trends develop and this game was no different. Denver scored 50 points in the paint, forced 17 Warrior turnovers (which they turned into 19 points), and worked the offensive glass to grab 15 offensive rebounds (which they turned into 20 points). When Denver can control these three aspects of the game, they become almost unbeatable as the Warriors found out. Warriors had not solution in that  game.

The star of that game was the versatile forward Andre Iguodala who put up a LeBron  James type line, stuffing the stat sheet with a team high 25 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 7 dimes. Iguodala was all over the floor, flashing his versatility by playing a lot of point forward and creating shots for himself and his teammates off the dribble.

Outside of Iguodala, it was a real team effort from Denver who got several strong contributions up and down their roster. Six players scored in double-digits, with Wilson Chandler‘s 19 points via some very good outside shooting helping to create spacing for Ty Lawson (who also scored 19) to create off the dribble and attack the interior of the Warriors’ defense.

But while the Nuggets on the floor clearly picked up their respective games to pick up this win, a lot of credit has to go to head George Karl for pushing the right buttons and making some effective adjustments. Karl switched up his starting lineup, going to JaVale McGee at Center to play next to Kenneth Faried in the front court. McGee’s activity in defending the paint allowed the Denver’s wing defenders to pressure the ball and shoot the gap into passing lanes and create turnovers.

With the series heading back to Oakland, it remains to be seen if Denver has actually figured things out to the point that they can still pull out the series. But, even if it was just for one night, the Nuggets finally resembled the team they were from the regular season; the team that was favored to win this series.

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The Oracle Arena saw an another epic game this night.

Stephen Curry, dropped 31 points and secured an important steal in the final seconds to help Warriors to outduel league leading Oklahoma City Thunder.

The point guard of Oakland displayed an All-Star performance. He was 8-for-13 from inside the arc and handed out seven assists to offer easy baskets.  We just can point out his performance by his clumsiness at three-points. He was just 3-for-14.

” I’m sure we are surprising people ” stated Curry. He’s right !  Expectations for Golden State were low at the beginning of the season.

Warriors , behind only one playoff  ticket since 1994, are 26-15 owning the fifth best record in the toughest conference.

Warriors moved to a 26-15 record after 41 games. This season Dubs are excellent , able to beat elite teams. That’s the franchise’s best first half record since 1991-1992 with the TMC connexion. Memories, memories. Warriors are making a tremendous all-around production.

Their impressive run is marked by surprising home victories against top western teams such as  Clippers and Thunder.

Warriors rely on a fascinating man ! His name is David Lee. Golden State forward is a serious contender to be among the Western Conference All-Star reservers. Coaches are making their choices ! Don’t forget Lee !

David is the only player to average at least 19 pts , 10 rebs and 3 dimes per night. On Wednesday, he chipped in 22 points and pulled down 12 boards for his league 17th game of at least 20 and 10. A monster double double machine is rolling !

Kevin Durant made a fantastic game but was not enough to stop Warriors. He tailed 33 points , dished out 9 dimes. His impact was limited by six turnovers , part of 19 on the night for the visitors.

The other guerilla  weapon was rusty. R.Westbrook was not on his game ! His arms were shaky ! He collected a season low tying just 10 units. Is Westbrook slowing down ? The motion needs to pay attention. Because Thunder clearly  need a complement to help Westbrook in point guard position when he is in pain with outside shoot.

Warriors broke a serious record this night ! This was first Thunder defeat in 30 games when Thunder led after three acts.

Indeed, Thunder led the game 79-76. To break Thunder’s hegemony, Golden State made a tough final corner to outscore Thunder by 8, passing a team high quarter game of 28.  Stephen Curry was the game changer to make the final decision.

This intense contest was high in colours , we have seen 19 changes of leader, 16 ties ,and no leads above double digits figures.

A closed game won by home team.