The Warriors Vs Clippers Game 3. Can Steve Curry make the difference?

It’s that time again – the Playoffs. The big surprise was the Warriors losing to the Clippers in Game 2 after comprehensively beating them in Game 1 121-104 on the Sunday. But then in Game 2, the Clippers came from 31 points down to win by 4 – 135-131.

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Here is an article on the Warriors Clippers contest from CBS Sports.

It isn’t crunch time or time to panic, and it isn’t time to start writing the obituary of the Golden State Warriors dynasty. It’s not time to launch comparisons with the Warriors and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning – a top seed that flamed out at the first hurdle.

But it is time to learn something in these NBA playoffs, and the defending champions and their current predicament provide intrigue for a case study.

Their upcoming Game 3 clash with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night has turned into far more than just another first-round playoff game.

Not only did the eighth-seeded Clippers tear Golden State apart down the stretch of a spectacular 31-point comeback at Oracle Arena in Game 2, but they opened a window of potential fragility of a team that rarely shows any.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry stands on the court during a break in the action.

What the Warriors do about it, and how effectively they respond, may tell us everything we need to know about the mindset of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and company, and whether the assumption they will cruise towards another championship passes muster. 

“Make adjustments, hold ourselves accountable,” Curry said when asked how he wanted to see the Warriors bounce back. “When we get on that plane, we have a fresh start to take control of the series.”

It was widely assumed around the league that this was the playoff matchup Golden State wanted, one made possible when the Clippers’ impressive late-season form suffered a temporary blip in an April 5 loss to their struggling neighbors, the Lakers. That set in motion the potential for the Oklahoma City Thunder to leap into sixth, with the San Antonio Spurs sandwiched between.

Yet even with Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder were never going to be the Warriors’ first-round kryptonite. The Warriors are the ultimate star-studded group, and they have withstood the challenge of rosters built around one or two superstars before – with one notable exception. And the Thunder have little in common with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers.

A sturdier challenge comes in the form of the Clippers, at least partly because Doc Rivers’ squad is built on such fundamentally sound foundations that it highlights any weakness in the opponent.

Pound for pound, it’s not a fair fight. Player for player, the Warriors against pretty much anyone is not a fair fight, even with DeMarcus Cousins out with a torn quad. If the Warriors are as united as they claimed on their “60 Minutes” special, then bouncing back from Monday’s embarrassment should be easy. If all is well within the camp, their army of fans have little to worry about.

But if that togetherness is on shaky ground, the Clippers, who work for each other as a matter of habit, have a chance expose it. If there is discord, it will be apparent against Los Angeles.

And if there is some kind of mental fatigue about the Warriors, because, you know, winning so often can get tiresome, then the never-say-die attitude and constant work rate of the Clippers will give them plenty to handle once more.

April 15: LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell celebrates after the Game 2 win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
This isn’t a prediction of a series upset for the ages, just an assertion that it’s time for the real Warriors to stand up after playing the regular season on autopilot.
“We let our guard down (in Game 2),” Klay Thompson said. “We weren’t the aggressors anymore. We didn’t deserve to win that game.”

That this is a team of championship caliber has been proven over and again. Possessing such pedigree and history buys you a lot of leeway, which is why no one panicked when Steve Kerr’s group suffered uncharacteristic losses throughout the regular season and often resembled a soap opera.

The latest that you might have missed, because there are so many plotlines around the Warriors that it’s hard to keep up: Draymond Green’s mother has been retweeting critical comments about Kerr and Durant.

There are so few dynasties in sports because while winning is hard, continuing to do so is even tougher. Now, there is a call and it needs to be answered.

On Thursday, we will find out if the Warriors still have the stomach for a fight and can turn the humiliating start to their week into a laughed-off blip, or whether the seams of togetherness are being stretched on the NBA’s greatest modern team.

Source: msn.com

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Andrew Bogut – Back with the Golden State Warriors

In a lot of ways Andrew Bogut was the pioneer for Australian Basketballers in the sport’s premium competition – the NBA. And right now he is returning to his NBA team the reigning champions – The Golden State Warriors – for his first game this season against the Indiana Pacers.

Andrew is another ‘Melbourne Boy’. His parents were Croatian immigrants, migrating here in the 1970s. He grew up playing AFL as well as Basketball. On the way to the NBA he played in the South East Australian Basketball League. As an under 19 he was named the most valuable player in the 2003 FIBA World Cup, the competition having been played in Greece.

Drafted to the Milwaukee Bucks, he was the first Australian ever taken as a Number 1 draft pick. He played with the Bucks from 2005-2012.

He has now played for the Golden State Warriors for a total of 5 seasons.

Probably worth mentioning that Andrew stands 7ft tall in the old imperial measurements, and Andrew – he can certainly play the hoop game!

Here’s the full report on his return:

Bogut set for Warriors return game next week

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Andrew Bogut appears set to make his NBA return to the Golden State Warriors next week against the Indiana Pacers.

There had been hopes the Australian centre might join the reigning champions during their four-game road trip that begins at the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and includes games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs and concludes on Tuesday in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.

But Bogut’s agent David Bauman told the Bay Area News Group that the veteran Australian is targetting his return after the road trip.

Bogut will receive a jubilant welcome from Warriors fans if his first game is at the team’s sold-out Oracle Arena on Thursday week against the Pacers.

The 34-year-old, beloved in the San Francisco Bay Area after he helped the Warriors win a title in 2015 before he was shipped to the Dallas Mavericks the following year, has had his NBA return held up by the process involved in obtaining a US work visa.

Bogut is expected to receive the visa from the US Consulate in Sydney by the end of the week before he flies to California.

The top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut made the surprise move back to the Warriors after he recently claimed NBL MVP and defensive player of the year honours in his inaugural season with the Sydney Kings.

The Warriors, favourites to win their fourth title in five years, swooped in and signed him to a veteran’s minimum contract on March 6 to bolster their front court for the impending play-off run.

The playoffs begin on April 13.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/bogut-set-for-warriors-return-game-next-week-20190313-p513vd.html

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LeBron Ices win over Pelicans with a Triple.

It’s hard to keep a champion down. After successive losses, LeBron and the Lakers fire up against the Pelicans. Here’s the full report…

LeBron’s Unreal Triple Ices Win Over Pelicans

Clock running out, defender all over him, fading away on one leg: ideal conditions for LeBron James.

The Lakers were nursing a three-point lead with only 31 seconds left when James stepped back for a ridiculous corner 3-pointer to put the game on ice for a 125-119 win over New Orleans.

“I think he had his hands in the air before it went in,” coach Luke Walton said. “That’s what great players do. That’s an impossible shot and we needed it at that moment. We had kind of stalled out offensively. A big-time shot by one of the all-time greats.”

Having lost four of their previous five games, the Lakers (30-31) needed to get back in the win column to avoid falling further in the Western Conference playoff race.

Unsurprisingly, James was the one leading the way with 33 points and 10 assists. He constantly powered through the Pelicans’ interior defense while also stepping out for four 3-pointers, including his insane trey in the final minute.

But it took more than one player to overcome a spirited effort from New Orleans (27-36), which was led by former Laker Julius Randle (35 points) and L.A. native Jrue Holiday (19 points, 10 assists).

The Lakers trotted out a small-ball starting lineup, replacing 7-footer JaVale McGee with 6-foot-1 Rajon Rondo.

“We needed to win,” Walton said. “Rondo’s won championships. He’s an NBA champion. Let’s get him on the court and see what happens.”

The point guard was instrumental in his team’s attack, handing out a season-high 16 assists while also pitching in 11 points.

A couple of those dimes came during the most explosive part of the night. The Lakers trailed by five midway through the third quarter when Kyle Kuzma (22 points) suddenly erupted.

The 23-year-old threw down three monstrous dunks in a two-minute stretch, while LeBron provided one of his own, sending the crowd into hysterics.

“Those were huge momentum plays for our ball club,” James said, “which the fans loved and we loved it for them.”

The Lakers rode that momentum the rest of the way, though they still needed some clutch moments to pull out the victory. New Orleans cut their lead to just one with 1:38 left, when they turned to their hot hand.

Brandon Ingram — who continued his impressive four-game streak with 23 points — attacked his man off the dribble, getting to the rim and scoring despite a tough finish.

Then LeBron asserted himself on the defensive end, switching onto Holiday and stripping the point guard of the ball. When the Pelicans forced him into a tough shot on the ensuing possession, he turned dire circumstances into an unreal bucket.

“LeBron did what LeBron does,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He makes an almost impossible shot in the corner and that put a lot of pressure on us. That really was the one that decided the game.”

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When you play on the courts at the Victorian State Basketball Centre in Wantirna – it’s a Nellakir court. The Bendigo Stadium? – another by Nellakir. The Eagle Stadium in Werribee, Casey Stadium in Cranbourne and Keilor Stadium? All by Nellakir. If your children play basketball, netball or volleyball at school, chances are it’s on a Nellakir court.

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A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year from everyone here at Nellakir

From last year’s NBA fixture – enjoy the video. This year catch all the action on ESPN. See last week’s post for the schedule.

We look forward to another great year building fabulous new Timber Sports Floors for local competition here in Victoria and Tasmania. The State Government here continues to roll out major PPP (Private Public Partnership) projects for Schools throughout Victoria. Nellakir are pleased to announce a solid continuing involvement, with new projects commencing from January to February. These competition level Sprung Timber Sports Floored Courts are used for school, local competition, gymnasiums and assembly halls. Locations include Banyule, Springside West and Keysborough College.

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Bendigo Stadium

As well we will continue to develop major competition Sports Flooring at Stadiums such as Bendigo Stadium (opened a major new court built by Nellakir this year) and Eagle Stadium in Melbourne’s fastest growing region of Wyndham (Werribee).

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Eagle Stadium

Stay safe these holidays and see you next year.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

NBA 2018 Christmas Day schedule

  • 12 p.m. ET: Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks (ESPN)
  • 3 p.m. ET: Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets (ABC)
  • 5:30 p.m. ET: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (ABC)
  • 8 p.m. ET: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors (ABC/ESPN)
  • 10:30 p.m. ET: Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz (ESPN)

First of all we’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For Nellakir it’s a very busy period so we won’t be slacking off as it’s that time of year when Timber Sports Flooring undergoes first of all a full cleaning process and then annual cyclical maintenance.

Nellakir will be closed for Christmas on the 25th and 26th of December and for New Year’s Day on January 1st.

Other than that our teams will be ‘full steam ahead’ with complete recoating of court surfaces, re-sandings, repairs and linemarking on some of Victoria’s best known stadium surfaces. When you think annual cyclical maintenance on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring, look no further. Nellakir are the industry leading experts in both construction and maintenance of Competition level Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.

So sit back, watch the games on Christmas Day, enjoy your family Christmas meals and a few drinks. Your favourite Basketball Competition Court will be ready for top flight Competition after the holidays thanks to Nellakir.

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Move over Le Bron – Its Ben Simmons ! The Aussies are coming!

Ben Simmons was crowned Rookie of the Year earlier this year in the prestigious US National Basketball Competition – The NBA.

A Melbourne boy, Ben attended school at Box Hill Senior Secondary College prior to moving to the USA. Ben was an Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship holder. In Melbourne he played for the Bulleen Boomers. A talented AFL footballer, he made the choice to focus on being a professional basketball player as a teenager.

Although holding Dual US/Australian Citizenship, Ben has made it clear he wishes to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 olympic Games.

Ben Simmons, like many juniors in Victoria, began playing on Sports Flooring constructed by Nellakir. Sprung Timber Sports Flooring is the basis for competitive championship basketball. Ben was a member of the Knox Raiders Basketball team as a ten year old junior. A premium court surface and foundations create the very best environment for perfecting the skills of the game.

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With a salary of $6.17 million per annum and a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike, Ben Simmons is probably Australia’s highest paid sportsman.

Right now Nellakir have built and installed premium sports flooring at major Sports Stadiums around Victoria as well as many new courts in both Private School arenas and Primary and Secondary State Schools.

Our next champion is probably playing out there right now in the suburbs of Melbourne or in a regional Victorian town on a champion surface built and maintained by Nellakir.
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New Rules introduced to the NBA Competition in North America

The NBA is the world’s premiere Basketball Competition. So when the NBA changes its rules it’s time to sit up and take notice. Nellakir are the leading supplier of elite competition style Timber Sports Flooring. Using the ASF Horner / Australasian Sports Flooring renowned and trademarked range of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Nellakir provide championship surfaces to FIFA standards throughout Victoria and Tasmania. So take a look at these changes – It would be reasonable to expect that the new rules will flow through to Australian competition.

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NBA changes shot clock, clear path foul, and hostile act rules. Here’s what it means

The Board of Governors unanimously agreed to these rule changes. Here’s what you need to know.

The NBA Board of Governors approved three rule changes that will take effect beginning with the 2018-19 season, the league announced in a statement. The changes, though minor, will impact different areas of every game this year.

Here is a breakdown of each change we’ll see this season:
Shot clock resets to 14 seconds

According to the NBA, the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds — not 24 seconds — in three scenarios:

After an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim
After a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim
After the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

This rule change was made in an effort to speed the game up. It has been implemented in FIBA competition since 2014, in the WNBA since 2016, and in the G-League since the 2016-17 season.

But according to data from Nylon Calculus, most NBA possessions following an offensive rebound last season resulted in a shot attempt zero to five seconds later. This will though prevent teams that benefit from grabbing offensive rebounds late in close games from dribbling the clock out before hoisting up a shot.

A simpler clear path foul definition

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This one’s a little trickier, so let’s try to break it down as simple as possible. There are now a list of requirements for a referee to be able to whistle a clear path foul during a transition scoring opportunity:

  • The ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt
  • No defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity
  • The player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball
  • The foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

The list of prerequisites needed to call a clear path foul now makes it less of a judgment call and more of a call reinforced by a set of laws. The NBA’s league office posted a video on Twitter that shows examples of how the rule changed from last year:

If a defender is making a play on the ball and bumps the offensive player in a transition scoring opportunity, or if the defender fouls a player in the act of shooting, it is no longer considered a clear path foul.

In addition, if any defender is ahead of the player with a transition scoring opportunity, a clear path foul cannot be called. In past seasons, referees made judgment calls to determine if the defender ahead of the play was in position to influence a transition scoring opportunity.

Expanded definition of “hostile act”

The definition of a hostile act has also been broadened for instant replay purposes. The expanded definition will allow referees to review plays to “determine the appropriate penalty for players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans.”

No further explanation was given, but if things get messy during a game, officials will be taking their time to determine the proper course of action.

These rule changes won’t prove to be anything drastic, but it’s a collective step by the NBA toward honing an already impeccable product.

Source: sbnation.com

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