NEED TO KNOW: The Warriors have been dominant on their home floor for two straight postseasons, having won a franchise-record 14 consecutive playoff games at Oracle Arena and already closed out the Spurs at Oakland in Game 5.
With a 15th straight home playoff win, the Warriors would tie Chicago for an NBA record. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990, to May 21, 1991.
The bigger the game the better Draymond plays, coach Steve Kerr said, the more intense he is, the more focus he has. He’s going against Anthony Davis night after night and just doing an amazing job in concert with his teammates. Draymond’s a rare guy. Every time the moment gets bigger, he gets better and not everybody can say that. Durant has scored 20 or more points in 16 straight postseason games.
PRIORITY ON SHOOTING: Gentry gives New Orleans little chance of staying in the series and staving off elimination without a big scoring performance. The Pelicans lost 118-92 on Sunday and shot just 36.4 percent — 32 of 88 and 4 for 26 on 3-pointers.
You’re not going to beat them if you’re not going to score 115 points, I don’t care how good your defense is, Gentry said.
He gave way to relief pitcher David Robertson after Nunez legged out an infield single to lead off the top of the seventh inning after a 10-pitch at bat. Severino threw 109 pitches.
Nunez scored on Betts’ single with Severino watching form the bench. Robertson then struck out Benintendi to end the inning.
When a good player becomes a bad player, nine times out of 10 it’s the player’s fault, not the GM’s or head coach’s. It’s impossible to consider all these factors and then assign a grade. So, what you see below is more an examination of how a draft turned out, as opposed to how it was conducted. With big moves in Rounds 1 and 2, we can play the woulda/coulda/shoulda game (demeriting the Bills for trading up to get Sammy Watkins in a draft that also had Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks, for example), but most of the woulda/coulda/shouldas will be left on the table, where they belong.