A new home for your Warriors coverage

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As many of you have already noticed, we have made some changes to the way you receive your Warriors coverage, but not the coverage itself.

The Bay Area News Group recently launched a new and improved website that functions much better across all platforms (desktop, mobile, tablet) and increases our ability to get the latest news out to you as fast as possible.

With that launch, the Inside the Warriors blog will no longer be populated. The blog site will still be here in an archived form, but we won’t be adding new content and all our new Warriors coverage will be posted at http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/golden-state-warriors.


Kevin Durant Watch: How Warriors’ top competitors are looking

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) guards Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group

#DurantWatch has officially begun and the early leaders appear to be the Warriors and Miami, though Kevin Durant can’t take meetings until Friday.

Still, the race is on to pry the former MVP away from the only NBA franchise he’s known in an effort to form some sort of superteam.

The Warriors’ chances were expertly broke down by our own Tim Kawakami this morning, which you can read here.

How about the other teams, you ask? Let’s check out what people are saying about each squad’s chances.

Miami Heat

Pat Riley looks to be working his usual magic in the Durant sweepstakes, called one of the two likeliest landing pads along with the Warriors. Obviously, Miami fans are going wild over the possibility — even ESPN’s Dan Le Batard.

Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC faithful are clinging to the thought that the Thunder’s near-defeat of Golden State will entice Durant. His meetings in New York, however, make it clear he’s considering all options.

Boston Celtics

Though they aren’t among the top two reported contenders, the Celtics appear to be the most optimistic outsiders. Boston can offer the youth movement, cap space and overall tradition to lure Durant.

L.A. Clippers

They were late arrivals to the rumor mill, but the Clippers may be the likeliest to work out a sign-and-trade with Oklahoma City, considering they could send home native son Blake Griffin. As is often noted, L.A. is also an ideal destination for anyone looking to boost their promotional income.

San Antonio Spurs

After pulling off a free-agent coup by signing LaMarcus Aldridge last summer, San Antonio might be back in business by trying to reel in Durant. “Hey, it’s just a short seven-hour drive back to Oklahoma!”

New York Knicks

Not among his six meetings but still on his radar, reportedly, the Knicks are a dark horse for Durant. But since New York is no longer the epicenter of hoops, that may be a reach, even with Carmelo Anthony in his ear and Derrick Rose now on the roster.


Story of how Warriors’ Steve Kerr was transformed by father’s death wins prestigious award

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Bay Area News Group sportswriter Jon Wilner was announced Friday as the winner for Best Feature Story of 2015 in judging by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Wilner’s entry told the story of Warriors coach Steve Kerr and the life lessons provided by his father before his murder in 1984. Kerr had spoken sparingly about the tragedy in the 30 years that ensued.

Runners-up included entries from the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, and USA Today.

It is the second year in a row that the Bay Area News Group has won the Features category — widely considered the toughest to win. No news organization had produced back-to-back winners since the Washington Post in 2005-06. Daniel Brown was the 2015 winner for his story on the friendship between a young cancer patient and San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo.

Mark Conley served as editor on both stories. Conley also served as lead editor on the MLB Preview magazine that won top honors from APSE as Best Special Section.

Courtney Cronin, who recently joined the Bay Area News Group from the Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), won first place in APSE for Long Video for her series on the recruitment of Mississippi high school star Malik Newman. Cronin also took third place in beat writing.

In another contest, Best of the West, Brown won first place Features (non-Sports) for his story on Taylor Swift and her secret following of macho men.


Warriors halftime report: Thompson’s 29 lead Golden State over Pacers

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The Warriors led by as much as 22 points  – thanks to a 22-0 run – in their quest to go to 23-0 on the season. Much of it was owed to an amazing first half outburst by Klay Thompson. (29 points on eight 3-pointers.)

The host Indiana Pacers cut things back before halftime Tuesday in Indianapolis, but not by much: The Warriors led 79-60 at half.

It was the Warriors’ highest-scoring half this season. A 44-point first quarter tied their season high for one period.

The Pacers were stride for stride with the defensing champs before Andrew Iguodala entered the game.

Then this guy took things into his own hands.


NBA Finals links: The buildup to a massive Game 4

If you missed any of the latest and greatest from Team BANG in Cleveland, here’s your catchup:

Tim Kawakami: David Lee to Warriors’ rescue? Of course!

Mark Purdy: Lack of NBA Finals experience hurting Warriors

Marcus Thompson: Warriors need Stephen Curry to take over this NBA Finals

Draymond Green says Warriors must raise intensity level

Warriors’ Bogut looks to take game to Dellavedova’s level

Dellavedova says he will be ‘ready to go’



NBA Finals links: Sorting through the aftermath of Game 3

First, the biggest news coming out of Wednesday’s team availabilities:

Warriors’ Draymond Green suffering from back spasms

Despite fatigue, Dellavedova expected to play in Game 4

Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert has shoulder bruise

A collection of opinions about this series after Cleveland’s Game 3 win on Tuesday:

Mark Purdy: Warriors in mega-trouble after Game 3 loss

Tim Kawakami: Stephen Curry shows much-needed late spark

Marcus Thompson: Warriors need to match heart, hustle of Cavaliers

Chris Haynes: Eating crow on the issue of Delly

Bud Shaw: LeBron’s big minutes paying off big for Cavaliers

Terry Pluto: Gritty turns out pretty in Game 3 victory

Marla Ridenour: What LeBron James is doing is simply staggering


NBA Finals links: What’s being said in the buildup to Game 3?

Here’s what they’re saying about the Warriors:

Warriors seek cure for ‘horrible’ offense

Tim Kawakami: If history repeats, Curry is about to get rolling

Mark Purdy: Tracing the LeBron James, Stephen Curry roots in Akron, Ohio

Settle down, Barkley says: Curry just had bad night against Dellavedova


Gotta love this: The NBA admitted its refs blew it at the end of Game 2

What the heck is this cryptic secret motivation that is driving LeBron?

Be sure to come here for all your live Twitter action at gametime.

Here’s what they’re saying about the Cavaliers:

Can LeBron James sustain his play in the NBA Finals logging so many minutes?

Dellavedova on his plan for defending Curry: ‘Just try to make it as hard as possible’

Splash Brothers reluctant to credit Cavaliers’ defense for Warriors’ shooting woes

Could a Cavaliers win spark a revival for the city of Cleveland?

Bill Livingston: Final thoughts before Cavaliers host Warriors in NBA Finals Game 3