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San Jose Mercury News: Warriors' Quinn Cook thriving under a coach who understands his role
OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr says reserve guard Quinn Cook has one of the most challenging assignments on the team.
Of course, Kerr had basically that same role during his playing days with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
The job: Be ready, even if it involves long stretches sitting on the bench.
Cook played a total of just five minutes over a six-game span earlier during the NBA playoffs. Then, when Kerr shook up his rotation after Kevin Durant's injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, Cook got the call.
Golden State Of Mind: Raptors beat Bucks, will face Warriors in 2019 NBA Finals
The Toronto Raptors have advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 100-96 in Game 6 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals.
Raptors star Kawhi Leonard led all players in scoring and rebounding with 27 points and 17 rebounds, including a clutch offensive rebound in the final seconds of the game that was essentially the nail in the coffin of the Bucks.
Kawhi Leonard hustles over 4 Bucks players to get the offensive rebound on Siakam's freethrow miss pic.
CSN Bay Area: Gabrielle Union would have put Klay Thompson on All-NBA team over Dwyane Wade
Not even Gabrielle Union would've voted for Dwyane Wade to make an All-NBA team over Klay Thompson.
In a video featuring the celebrity power couple, Union said she did not give the now-retired Miami Heat legend his lone All-NBA second team vote this year. If she did have a vote, though, the "Bring It On" star said she would have voted for the Warriors guard.
This is why we stan @itsgabrielleu pic.twitter.com/3Dl6JCoN1q-- r/Warriors (@GSWReddit) May 25, 2019
Thompson would have needed a few more votes than Wade's single second-team vote, as he finished 24 points behind All-NBA third team guard Kemba Walker in the voting.
San Jose Mercury News: Andre Iguodala believes he will be fine for NBA Finals even if he's 'old'
OAKLAND - It may have been hard to decipher Andre Iguodala's playful sarcasm. Despite sitting out of practices for the past three days to heal soreness in his left calf, Iguodala sounded optimistic he will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
"God willing," Iguodala said following practice on Saturday.
Iguodala described himself as feeling "good" and even maintained he feels 100 percent after completing a shooting workout on Saturday. Then again, that is all relatively speaking for the 35-year-old Iguodala. He has been sidelined since feeling tightness and soreness in his left calf last week during the Warriors' eventual Game 3 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.
#SPLASHThe deepest Dubs' treys of the #NBAPlayoffs https://t.co/gyLoyZbzXF
San Jose Mercury News: Al Attles visits Warriors' practice on Saturday
OAKLAND -- For a team that injects joy into their culture, the Warriors had another thing to make them feel happy.
After struggling with his health in the past year, Warriors luminary Al Attles attended the end of Warriors' practice on Saturday. Attles did not watch practice, but he arrived in time to shake hands with coaches and players when practice concluded. Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston as well as coach Steve Kerr were among the people that greeted Attles with a firm handshake and a warm smile.
"Everybody on our team is fond of Al," Kerr said.
Fansided: Golden State Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins could return for Game 1 of Finals
The Golden State Warriors may get DeMarcus Cousins back for Game 1 of the Finals which would be a surprising turn of events. Cousins started 30 games for the two-time defending champs during the regular season.
Cousins, who went down with a left quad tear in Game 2 of the Warriors opening series against the LA Clippers, wasn't supposed to be back this postseason. However, as the NBA gods would have it, the big man is set to return.
Per Yahoo! Sports, Cousins could return for the start of the Finals and has completed his first on-court practice.
Draymond was everywhere during the Western Conference Finals Roll the tape https://t.co/PgmoAw46n0
Golden State Of Mind: Tom and Daniel eulogize the Blazers, celebrate the Warriors, and slander the league.
As we patiently await for the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas Bevilacqua and I took some time to reflect on the journey that was the Western Conference playoffs through the lens of the Golden State Warriors dynasty.
We discussed the differences between the Kevin Durant-led offense and the Splash Bros-led assault. We touched on how painful it was to see Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum go down in flames. We also reflected on how neither Eastern Conference team scares us if we have a healthy KD available, although that is a big question mark for sure.
Won the West Take an all-access look as the Dubs celebrated becoming Western Conference champs https://t.co/53qk511buC
Fansided: Golden State Warriors: The impact of rest on Game 1 for the Dubs dynasty
Too much rest can be viewed as a bad thing, yet too little rest will create players not physically or mentally ready. That said, the Golden State Warriors have had 19 series throughout the last five years, meaning 19 Game 1s where rest may impact the result.
Of those 19 series, seven of them were played with over five days of rest between the final game of either the regular season or the previous series. In those games, the Warriors were 6-1, winning by an average of 9.4 points per game.
That means, the Warriors played 12 series in which they had under five days of rest.
SFGate.com: We Tried HelloFresh: Here's What Happened
It's not just Steph Curry and Kevin Durant who will have jewelry at stake when the Warriors face either the Bucks or the Raptors in the NBA finals. Everyone from Warriors equipment personnel to the players' families will, too.
No one used to much care about who got NBA championship rings beyond the players and coaches. But rings are a lot blingier than they used to be - whereas the Warriors' 1975 rings had one diamond, their 2018 Frodo fuel boasted 74(!) with a reversible top. The maker of the rings is a celebrity in his own right.
San Jose Mercury News: Warriors mailbag: Will Kevin Durant play in the NBA Finals?
OAKLAND - For once, not everything about Kevin Durant pertains to his pending free agency.
Instead, Durant has talked in uncertain terms about when he return from a right calf injury that has sidelined him for the past five playoff games. Durant has talked in more certain terms about the ridiculous notion that the Warriors are better without him.
Most Warriors fans seem to understand that, even if they have loved the current run by having a throwback to the "Strength in Numbers'" 2015 NBA championship season. They also want to know when he will return.
San Jose Mercury News: Warriors' Kevin Durant concedes uncertainty with his calf injury
OAKLAND - Usually, Kevin Durant handles on-court adversity by scoring over his opponent or setting up a teammate. Usually, Durant handles on-court criticism by defending himself to reporters or fans on social media.
The Warriors' star does not have an immediate solution to his latest problem, though. What will it take for Durant to heal his strained right calf?
"I'm just taking it a second at a time. Every rep we do in the weight room, I try to focus on that rep," Durant said after practice on Friday. I don't know too much about this injury.
Official Site of the Warriors: Podcast: Warriors Prepare for NBA Finals
Hear from Shaun Livingston in the latest episode of the Warriors Sound podcast, as well as get an analysis from Jim Barnett at the Rakuten Performance Center as the Warriors prepare for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, May 30th with either Toronto or Milwaukee as their opponent.