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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’

 

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Looking back to that time Steph Curry pretended he was a rap star

There’s nothing like a big sporting event to bring back all the fun old recycled goods, like this video of Steph Curry rapping while in school at Davidson.

Advance warning: it’s very hard on the ears.

In case you’re wanting to know more about how this musical atrocity came to be, the New York Times wrote a whole story about it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/sports/basketball/stephen-curry-gave-davidson-good-publicity-and-a-bad-rap.html?_r=0

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NBA Finals links: Warriors in six, says Kawakami; Steph wants to be Akron’s favorite son

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94.  (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

In case you have missed any of our around-the-clock Warriors-Cavaliers coverage, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a roundup of the latest and greatest on the cusp of Thursday night’s Game 1:

Tim Kawakami: This is all brand new to Warriors, but they’ll take it in six

The moms of Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes share their pre-Finals thoughts

How to beat the Warriors: Marcus Thompson draws it up

How to beat the Cavaliers: A Cleveland scribe draws it up

Dave Newhouse says Oakland deserves sports teams that show respect, loyalty

Curry says sorry, but he wants to be Akron’s favorite son

Mark Purdy: Warriors will embrace the physical against Cavs

Oakland and Cleveland, two cities with much in common

 

Here’s some of what is being said in Cleveland and elsewhere around the country as Game 1 approaches:

11 phrases every bandwagon Cavs fan should know

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Cleveland’s ‘Elephant in the room’

Will Irving, Love injuries continue Cleveland’s sports injury curse?

NBA TV explores Oakland’s impressive basketball history

New York Times on how Steph Curry introduced bad rap to little Davidson

The Guardian on the coach who held Steph Curry scoreless

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NBA Finals Links: Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Cavaliers’ LeBron James prove Akron is where stars are born

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94.  (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) exchange some words at the end of the fourth quarter on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Can’t get enough of the NBA Finals? You’ve come to the right place.
We’ll keep you updated on what others are writing and saying about the Warriors and Cavaliers as they battle for the Larry O’Brien Trophy beginning on Thursday in Oakland.

In case you missed it, here is a roundup of our latest NBA Finals stories:

* Believe it or not, LeBron James once played for Oakland.

* Our live feed during Game 1 on Thursday.

* Tim Kawakami on the two sides of Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

* Mark Purdy on how hard it is to root against LeBron James.

* The Warriors’ 105-year-old fan gets tickets to Game 1.

* Marcus Thompson lists 20 things casual fans need to know about this matchup.

Here are a few stories produced by the Cleveland-area press corps as well as some national stories focusing on the Cavaliers:

* Did you know that both LeBron James and Stephen Curry were born in the same Akron, Ohio hospital, 36 months apart?: Here are their birth certificates to prove it.

* Watch out, Warriors. LeBron says he’s playing the best basketball of his career: Is LeBron now unstoppable?

* Cavaliers coach David Blatt actually agreed to become a Warriors assistant coach before the season. Then the Cavaliers came calling. Blatt thanks Steve Kerr for letting him out of his deal.

* Matthew Dellavedova from Saint Mary’s loves to mix it up, says teammate Kyrie Irving: “When he first came, there was almost a fist fight every day in practice … It’s just that Australian blood” Watch: Irving talking about the scrappy Dellavedova

* If there’s one area where LeBron James is struggling it’s from beyond the arc. What can be done about LeBron’s long-distance woes?

* How bad of a season has it been for the Cavs’ Kevin Love? He’s out for the season, but it didn’t stop Love from re-aggravating his shoulder injury.

* A cynic might call it a helluva lie, but LeBron James says rookie Cavs coach David Blatt has had a helluva season.

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Stephen Curry morning shootaround transcript

Here’s a transcript from this morning’s post-shootaround chat with Stephen Curry. Reporter questions are paraphrased and in italics.

How do you feel?

I’m feeling great, all things considered. I’m ready to go tonight.

Any other symptoms come up?

Not really. I had a good night’s sleep after the game. It was nice to be able to stay in Houston. I had a little bit of lingering effects yesterday, just soreness from the fall and all that. But nothing really long-term I have to worry about. Continue Reading

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Stephen Curry “feeling great,” is good to go for Game 5

Stephen Curry watches his shot during Wednesday's morning shootaround in Oakland.

Stephen Curry watches his shot during Wednesday’s morning shootaround in Oakland.

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry declared himself good to go for Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Houston Rockets as the Warriors aim to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

Curry, injured in that scary fall two days ago in Game 4, said he hasn’t experienced any delayed concussion symptoms and the only thing bothering him is some bruising and soreness from the fall.

“I’m feeling great, all things considered,” Curry said Wednesday morning after the team’s shootaround at its downtown practice facility. “I’m ready to go tonight.”

Curry said he got a good night’s sleep at the team’s Houston hotel on Monday and the flight home Tuesday went well. Continue Reading