Warriors-Mavericks postgame notes: Nintendo Klay, trophy-hunting Steph, Luka’s long view

SAN FRANCISCO – The scene was familiar and foreign all at once. We’ve seen the Golden State Warriors celebrating an NBA Finals appearance plenty of times in this era – five times in seven years at Oracle Arena before this one on Thursday night, to be exact. When you see the Ayesha Curry / Mary … Read more

Dallas Mavericks on verge of elimination

Luka DončićPhoto: Getty Images When I wrote the Dallas Mavericks were a mess Earlier this season, it was right after they traded one terrible contract in Kristaps Porziņģis for two terrible contracts in Spencer Dwindiddle and Davis Bertans. My argument was not that the Mavs had made the wrong move in ditching the Latvian bum. … Read more

Thompson: Andrew Wiggins punctuates his status as a certified Warriors core member

DALLAS – All that was left for Andrew Wiggins was a big performance like this. A coronation of his induction into the franchise’s core. It can only happen in the NBA playoffs, where Warriors are fashioned. Sunday was a crescendo of his adoption into the fold. Fittingly, it came on the road, where the Warriors … Read more

Steve Kerr and his coaching staff are delivering a masterpiece series vs. Mavs

DALLAS – Steph Curry had just invited another scrambling double-team and sent another laser-beam pass through a dying Dallas defense. It nailed Draymond Green for Curry’s 11th assist. The Green layup put the Warriors up 11 as the clock ticked under two minutes. The game and the Mavericks’ legitimate chances of winning the series were … Read more

The history of Kevon Looney’s switching defense in the playoffs: ‘Wrong guy!’

“Wrong guy!” This was a favorite taunt of Warriors coaches and bored bench players a few seasons ago. Here’s the scenario: Kevon Looney, finally past the two hip surgeries that stalled his early career, had nudged his way into the rotation. Opposing scorers viewed him as a target. It made sense. Looney is a center … Read more