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Friday, April 24, 2015

You Guys, the Warriors Are on Fiyah!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:11 AM

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Let us pause from the seemingly endless stream of news and chatter about tech, restaurants, housing costs, and the drought.

If you've lived in San Francisco longer than five minutes, you may know that among the region's major league sports teams, the Golden State Warriors are kind of the freckle-faced step children.

But some of us believe the Warriors are pretty remarkable, and that they have been since they came here from Philadelphia in 1962. They are actually Phoenix-like in their ability to continually rise from the jaws (or ashes) of defeat, a trait much admired in these parts.

While we can't  claim to have been around back in the day when the team first arrived, we were on hand during the '74-'75 season, when former Warriors player-turned-coach Al Attles led the team to an NBA title. Back in that day, we marveled at the swift, sharp athletic ability — and DREAMY EYES — of one Jamaal "Silk"  Wilkes; we gawked, perpetually elated, and yes, surprised at the toughness and precision of Rick Barry.

And during a long, long drought (the bulk of the '80s and '90s), some of us never gave up on the Warriors, even as they sagged along at the rear of the league year after year.

Now they're on a tear. And if you're not paying attention, well, enjoy that craft beer and whichever new app-based frivolity it is that holds your attention for the next ten minutes. We'll just be right here, amped up and riveted by the Warriors' tenacity and creativity in the paint.

Never more so than last night, when the team staged an incredible comeback overtime win against the New Orleans Pelicans in game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs. They surmounted a 20-point deficit with furious rebounding and defensive play — and a heart-stopping 3-pointer by Stephen Curry in the final seconds of the game  — to claim victory.

They're now up 3-0 over the Pelicans in the playoff series.

From The New York Times:

But it was offensive rebounding that was crucial to the Warriors’ latest amazing feat, a 20-point fourth-quarter comeback against the host New Orleans Pelicans late Thursday night.

It was the third biggest fourth-quarter comeback in N.B.A. playoff history

When a team comes from that far back, a lot must go right. Ordinarily, a lot goes wrong for the other team too. But offensively, at least, the Pelicans did not play terribly in the quarter, scoring 19 points, not a horrible total.

And for the first six minutes of the quarter, there were no signs the game was slipping away: the Pelicans still led by 17. But after a dunk by Norris Cole to give New Orleans a 15-point lead with five minutes left, the game turned. The Pelicans made just one field goal and three free throws in the rest of regulation.

And a look at the amazing final minutes, via ESPN:

Warriors Image: Courtesy of Tyson Beck
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