Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’

Watergate 2: Blake Griffin vs. Fan

By Nick Margiasso IV

Maybe NBA franchises just need to buy less-slippery cups.

After fouling out of Saturday’s Clippers-Warriors game late, Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin made it two controversial drink spills in the NBA this season. This time, there was a victim. This time, it was water. Call it “Watergate,” but that’s already been taken. Purposely or not, Griffin doused a Golden State fan positioned directly behind him at the scorer’s table as the L.A. star reacted by throwing his arms back in disbelief upon seeing the replay of his last foul on the arena jumbotron.

And, oh yeah, he had a cup full of water in his hand. So, this happened…

VIDEO: Blake Griffin of the Clippers douses fan with water

Remind you of anything?

VIDEO: Jason Kidd, coach of the Nets, spills drink on court mid-game

 

Andre Iguodala drops season’s best crossover

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have a leader for the next Crossover Contest. Last night’s Warriors/Nuggets game turned out to be wildly entertaining, as a team well out of the playoff race put together an epic comeback from down 20 to beat the Warriors in Oakland. And while Denver’s Timofey Mozgov put together one of the best stat lines of his life, finishing with 23 points (not 93) and 29 rebounds, the play of the game, and maybe the season, belonged to Golden State’s Andre Iguodala.

It happened in the first quarter, with Denver’s Quincy Miller guarding Iguodala in transition. Andre had the ball in his left hand, and then crossed over to his right hand. At this point Miller seemed ready to make a play for the ball, and at that exact moment, Iguodala crossed it back to his left hand, leaving Miller in a pile on the court…

Andre-Iguodala-shakes-Quincy-Miller

The only way that could have been better would have been if Iguodala just put the ball on the floor and walked away. The best part about all this? Quincy Miller seemed to take it all in stride after the game on Twitter…

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Harrison Barnes visits Pete Holmes

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERPete Holmes continues his run of interviewing some of the best young players of the NBA, here sitting down with Golden State’s Harrison Barnes


VIDEO: Harrison Barnes on Pete Holmes

Stat, Tyson play bully ball in Oakland

Coaches are fond of telling their team that whoever plays with the most physicality will win nine out of 10 times. The Pistons of the late 1980s took that to heart and it led to a dynasty and adulation many years later.

It didn’t work as well for the early to mid-90s New York Knicks, who boasted a trio of imposing bruisers — Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason — but couldn’t get out the East. Throughout the years, plenty of teams followed the rough and tumble blueprint. While it doesn’t always result in a championship, a physical brand of basketball does make things competitive…which is ultimately what we want to see.

Sunday night at ORACLE Arena, the (current) Knicks discovered what a bit of nasty could do. First Tyson Chandler got demonstrative on Jermaine O’Neal, capped off by a searing stare-down:


VIDEO: Tyson Chandler sends Jermaine O’Neal to the ground, then scowls at him

Then a quarter later, Amar’e Stoudemire did exactly what a 6-foot-10 person is supposed to do when a 6-foot-3 person is in his way under the rim:


VIDEO: Amar’e Stoudemire snatches board from Stephen Curry and throws down

Gotta love how Stephen Curry just helped himself to his feet, wiped his mouth off with his jersey and trotted up the court. As fierce as any competitor in the NBA, he dropped a cool 32 points and single-handedly almost led Golden State to a dub. But for another night at least, the bullies captured the flag.

Jermaine O’Neal has mastered the free throw pump fake

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The free throw is supposed to be one of the easiest shots in basketball. You go to the line, completely unguarded, and have ten seconds to shoot the ball from fifteen feet. Simple enough, although all kinds of people have had all kinds of trouble with the shot. Sometimes even the people whoa who aren’t even shooting it.

Coaches often teach players to find their own routine at the free throw line and to stick to that, over and over and over again until it becomes second nature. Unfortunately, Jermaine O’Neal‘s free throw routine appears to involve holding the ball at the top of his shooting motion for just a moment. And if you watch this video below, you’ll see nobody — opponents or teammates — can quite figure out when to start going for the rebound…


VIDEO: Jermaine O’Neal at the line

Warriors’ Curry goes to the circus

By Nick Margiasso IV

It was a little too close for comfort in Oakland, Calif., Thursday night as the Warriors edged the lowly Bucks 115-110. As per usual, though, Stephen Curry did near-superhuman things to lift Golden State to a win. He scored 31 points. He dished 11 dimes. He grabbed three boards and a steal.

And he did this …

VIDEO: Warriors’ Curry flips in circus shot

… try that in your pickup game this weekend, bruh.

Behind the scenes of All-Star Weekend with Stephen Curry

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back, Warriors guard Stephen Curry went to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, and played in his first NBA All-Star Game. But that doesn’t mean he took the weekend off. Besides the game, there were media obligations, meetings, dinners, even basketball clinics for area kids. Under Armour followed Curry every step of the way and released this video of Curry’s All-Star experience…


VIDEO: Curry All-Star Weekend

The amazing story of Brian Scalabrine

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBrian Scalabrine played parts of eleven seasons in the NBA. As a back-up power forward, Scalabrine seemed to make his most significant contributions off the court — on the benches, in the locker rooms. Scalabrine retired with career averages of 3.1 points per game to go along with 2 rebounds per game. Yet he managed to stay in the NBA for over a decade, because he not only knew the game of basketball (which is why he’s now an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors) but also because he was the kind of teammate that his own teammates enjoyed having around. He also gave himself a funny nickname — The White Mamba — that endures to this day.

But what if Scalabrine actually had been a transformational basketball player? This fake 30 For 30 trailer explores that very question…in a pretty hilarious way…


VIDEO: “Brian”

Shoeless Mike Scott Strikes Oakland

When Mike Miller drained a treyball without a left shoe during a Miami run in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, it was a moment that earned an ESPY nod and will be remembered for a long time. Yeah, it was a big shot during a classic Finals game, but the visual was more remarkable by its rarity. If you asked every player that suited up for an NBA game if he hit a deep ball bereft of a shoe during a game, I’d wager that less than two percent would say yes.

Count the Hawks’ Mike Scott among the initiated. Against the Warriors on Friday, he slips right out his left shoe while setting a pick. Call a timeout or foul immediately on defense, right? Nope. Play on!

After playing a possession on D, still unable to slip his shoe back on, he slides back down the court. Coming off another screen and his man David Lee miles away, he found himself WIDE OPEN on the pass from Jeff Teague. You can guess what happened next:


VIDEO: Mike Scott loses his left shoe, plays defensive possession, then nails the trey

You got to believe Lee will hear about this during film session. Paraphrasing Warriors’ color guy Jim Barnett, why let a handicapped opponent off the hook?

Was Tupac At Last Night’s Celtics/Warriors Game?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Short answer? No.

There was, however, a guy at last night’s Celtics/Warriors game in Boston who looked an awful lot like rapper/actor Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996. After the game, Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala posted a photo of the guy on Instagram, noting, “They sayin 2pac back, 2pac back! At the game tonight in Boston.”

It wasn’t just a thing that was noticed post-game. Late in the game, with the Celtics down 30, the Tupac doppleganger made an appearance on the scoreboard, prompting the crowd to chant their support…


VIDEO: Tupac at Celtics Game?