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CONFERENCE SEMIS BLOG

Saturday, May 5
Posted by: warriors.com (11:59 p.m.)

Warriors WIll Meet Jazz in Western Conference Semifinals

Warriors - Jazz
Series Schedule
Game 1 - Monday, May 7
at Utah, 7:30 p.m.
TV: TNT Radio: TBD
Game 2 - Wednesday, May 9
at Utah, 6:00 p.m.
TV: TNT Radio: TBD
Game 3 - Friday, May 11
ORACLE Arena, 6:00 p.m.
TV: ESPN Radio: TBD
Game 4 - Sunday, May 13
ORACLE ARENA, 6:00 p.m.
TV: TNT Radio: TBD
Game 5 - Tuesday, May 15
at Utah, TBD
TV: TNT Radio: TBD
if necessary
Game 6 - Thursday, May 17
ORACLE Arena, TBD
TV: ESPN Radio: TBD
if necessary
Game 7 - Sunday, May 20
at Utah, TBD
TV: TBD Radio: TBD
if necessary
*All Times Pacific
Anxiously waiting to find out who they would be playing in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Warriors were kept in suspense all night. The Jazz and Rockets played a thrilling Game 7 that came down to the game's final seconds, with Utah prevailing 103-99.

The Warriors will practice tomorrow morning in Oakland before heading out for Salt Lake City. Their series with the Jazz will begin on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of the series, see the table to the right. To find out how to get tickets to the upcoming games at ORACLE Arena, click here.

Taking a quick glance at the upcoming match-up, the series is sure to be another good one. The Warriors and Jazz split their four meetings this season, with each team going 2-0 at home. The Warriors small-ball, run-n-gun style will be contrasted by Utah's grind-it-out, methodical approach. Containing Utah's imposing front line will be a key factor for Golden State, and you can be sure that Nellie and his staff already have a plan on how to do just that.

We'll be back with much more tomorrow, including a completely new Warriors Playoff Central dedicated to the upcoming series. Check back for updates from tomorrow's practice and flight, plus match-up breakdowns and analysis, multimedia, and much more.

Saturday, May 5
Posted by: warriors.com (2:35 p.m.)

Saturday Practice Recap

After having the entire day off on Friday, the Warriors got back to work on Saturday. The team held practice at their facility in Downtown Oakland and started making preparations for the Western Conference Semifinals.

Today's practice was a bit different in that the Warriors still aren't sure who they will meet in the next round. The winner of tonight's Game 7 between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets will move on to meet the Warriors beginning on Monday, May 7. Being that the Warriors are not sure of which team they're playing, or even where they will be flying tomorrow, they did not go through any scout team preparations. Instead, they put more focus on their own plans, which is more Coach Nelson's style anyway. The master of exploiting mismatches, Nellie would rather make his opponent alter their style than to make any changes to how his team plays.

That is not to say, however, that the Warriors are unprepared. Nellie's coaching staff has up-to-date scouting reports ready for each team, and the players are mentally prepared for either opponent. The coaching staff is getting together tonight to watch the Jazz/Rockets game, while the entire team is also meeting up to watch the game and the Oscar De La Hoya - Floyd Mayweather fight. And if you are watching the game tonight, make sure to watch Baron and J-Rich at halftime with the TNT crew.

Prior to today's practice, the Warriors went through a short session with the media. The team once again displayed how loose they keep things when Mickael Pietrus took over our camera and began asking his teammates and coaches to strike a pose. Always ready to make people laugh, M.P. had the entire team busting up. Take a look at some of his pictures in the photo gallery above.

The Warriors will practice again tomorrow morning before departing for either Houston or Salt Lake City. Check back on Sunday for photos from the airport, plus a brand new Warriors Playoff Central focusing on the upcoming series.

Friday, May 4
Posted by: warriors.com (7:03 p.m.)

Check Out Baron and J-Rich with Snoop On Late Night With Conan O'Brien Tonight

Here's a shot Baron and J-Rich took with Snoop Dogg prior to their taping of tonight's Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Conan has been filming his show from San Francisco all week, and he's made reference to the Warriors throughout his shows. After the Warriors clinched last night, it made perfect sense to get two of their stars on as guests. They'll join Snoop, who sat courtside at last night's game.

Tonight's show will air at 12:30 a.m. on NBC.

Friday, May 4
Posted by: Tim Roye (4:42 p.m.)

Tim Roye's Journal

Matt Barnes' dunk over Dirk Nowitzki will be one of the lasting images from Round 1.
This is not your lottery preview, your draft preview or your off-season speculation preview. This is your PLAYOFF update And isnt it cool to write that down or say it out loud?

ROUND ONE
What a series and what a story. You can tell your grandchildren that you were around when the Warriors pulled off the biggest playoff upset in NBA Playoff history.

The Warriors put the Mavs away in convincing fashion, winning 111-86 in the series-clinching Game 6 on Thursday night. Stephen Jackson scored 15 of his 33 points in the 36-15 Warriors third quarter.

There were so many great moments in this series. Relive some of them and hear how we called the action on KNBR by clicking on the links below:

Game 1: Baron Three-Pointer Seals it
Game 3: Biedrins Rim Rocker
Game 4: Baron Half Court Buzzer Beater
Game 4: Pietrus Steal Seals Win
Game 6: Baron Circus Three-Pointer
Game 6: Barnes Dunks Over Dirk

BLOG BLOG BLOG
I was a little surprised about how quickly the Mavs stopped playing in the third quarter, but I will say that ORACLE Arena was louder than anything Ive heard before, so that had to be a little unnerving.

Everyone was checking the celebs in the house, but two of the best centers of all time were also in attendance, in the shape of the Bay Areas Bill Russell and the legendary Bob Lanier, a former Warriors head coach who once played for Nellie in Milwaukee.

It was amazing how many people were hugging and high-fiving complete strangers last night. If you were there, Im sure you will never forget it.

DONT WORRY
Monta Ellis and Al Harrington should get going in the conference semifinals, and that will allow Nellie to play his eight-man rotation. It is kind of scary, if you think about it, that they beat Dallas without having a great series from either one.

HAPPY
I am so happy for our fans for being great NBA and Warriors supporters for all these years. I am happy for owner Chris Cohan, who gives people the chance and the tools to do their jobs well, as well as for President Robert Rowell all of the front office staff. It's these people who handle all the jobs that you dont see on the court that make the organization go.

Perhaps no NBA player is playing better than Baron Davis right now.
UTAH OR HOUSTON
Who would you rather see the Warriors play next, the Jazz or the Rockets?

Email me your answer and any questions. Speaking of which

MAILBAG
QUESTION

Tim,
Great job during the series. I love listening to the highlights on KNBR! Anyhow, I was wondering, where do you put Stephen Jacksons performance in recent playoff history?
Chris in Alameda

ANSWER
I think his effort, along with Baron playing on one leg last night, set the tone for one of the greatest nights in Warriors history. It definitely goes down as one of the top playoff moments in recent NBA history. One other thing, NO ONE is playing better than Baron in the league right now and no one means more to their team.
Thanks,
Tim

QUESTION
Hey Tim!
Why did Don Nelson start Andris Biedrins for Game 3 after keeping him on the bench for the prior two games? Also, is he going to continue to start Andris from now on?
Thanks and Go Warriors,
Chrissie

ANSWER
Chrissie,
The switch to Andris was predicated on Al Harrington struggling from the field. It worked out in Games 3 and 4 and in Game 5, Al showed signs of coming out of his slump. I believe he will continue to start Andris for the remainder of the playoffs.
Thanks for the e-mail,
Tim

KEEP THE E-MAILS COMING!!!

Friday, May 4
Posted by: warriors.com (1:40 p.m.)

Baron and Nellie Speak to Media

Although today is officially an off-day for the Warriors, both Baron Davis and Don Nelson still came to the team's practice facility in Downtown Oakland to speak with the media. Among the topics discussed were the series with Dallas, obviously, and the celebration that followed last night's victory.

Coach Nelson's celebration was one to remember, and one that caught his wife off guard. Instead of just having a small group over last night like the Mrs. expected, the Nelsons hosted a group of about 50 people, including some players, at their Oakland home after last night's memorable win. The last guest didn't leave until the early hours of this morning, and the excitement of the entire night had Nellie unable to sleep. Needless to say, both Nellie and his "schmoes" needed some rest after not only last night, but the entire Dallas series that took its toll both physically and emotionally.

Both Nellie and Baron made sure to thank the fans yet again for their incredible support during the series.

Said Nelson, "The fans help our team more than any other team i've ever coached. Those three games were some of the loudest games i've ever been associated with."

Baron commended the fans for their loyalty, saying, "They've grown to the point that they're the best fans in the league. Our fans make this basketball team who it is."

And when asked about how dangerous the Warriors are going to be in the Western Conference Semifinals, Baron simply stated, "We're as dangerous as we want to be."

To listen to today's interviews, visit our Multimedia Page.

In addition to speaking with the local scribes, Baron also filmed separate segments that will air on ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption" and "SportsCenter." And we know you're thinking this, and the answer is no, Monta Ellis did not appear out of the woodwork and get Baron in the face with a shaving cream pie.

Friday, May 4
Posted by: warriors.com (11:53 a.m.)

The Warriors Take A Well-Deserved Day Off

After last night's series-clinching win, Nellie decided to give his guys the day off today. If anyone has earned a day of rest, it's the Warriors.

Nellie and Baron will address the media today at the Warriors practice facility, and we'll have full audio of their interviews later today. Check back soon for that and much more.

Friday, May 4
Posted by: warriors.com (2:10 a.m.)

The Warriors Just Made History

No words can properly describe what happened at ORACLE Arena tonight. We're still not even sure what happened. We need more time to soak it all in.

In any case, it can't be denied - the Warriors have advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals after completing an amazing, captivating, exciting, hard-fought, historic 4-2 series victory over the Mavericks.

By now you probably know that the Warriors are the first 8-seed to ever defeat the 1-seed in a best-of-seven series. But this series was more than that. The endless storylines relating to each team provided so much drama that it's hard to keep up with it all. The Warriors made the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, but they played like perennial contenders. The Mavericks nearly won the NBA Championship last season, but they looked overmatched for much of the series. Don Nelson was coaching against the team he helped put together, and a coach whom he mentored. The Warriors were the only team the Mavs did not defeat during their 67-15 regular season. And so on and so on.

One of the best things to come out of the series was the recognition of Warriors fans as some of the best in the entire NBA. The Warriors Faithful have been dedicated through good times and bad, and they deserve credit for helping give the Warriors such a huge homecourt advantage during this series. The players know exactly how important their fans are, and they showed their appreciation tonight not only with a 25-point win, but by acknowledging them throughout the game, and then coming back onto the court following the game decked out in their own 'We Believe' shirts.

So much more will be written and said about this series, so we're going to leave it at that for tonight. We'll be back with much more coverage over the next few days. Remember that the Warriors will play the winner of the Houston Rockets-Utah Jazz series, and that the series will begin on Monday, May 7 in either Houston or Salt Lake City.

Until then, KEEP BELIEVING

Thursday, May 3
Posted by: warriors.com (7:40 p.m.)

The Warriors Are In The Building

The Warriors came onto the court and the crowd noise completely drowned out their warm-up music. It looks like not a single Warriors fan is showing up late for tonight's game, which should be expected by now.

Some other highlights:

-Snoop Dogg's status has been upgraded from 'rumored' to 'most definitely here'. And don't worry, he's rocking a Warriors jersey.

-Carlos Santana was just shown on the scoreboard bobbing his head to Snoop's 'Drop It Like It's Hot.'

-Warrior fans have already started chanting 'MVP' whenever Baron is shown on the big screen.

-We can still hear...for now.

-Here are your lineups: Warriors - Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Jason Richardson, Matt Barnes, Andris Biedrins; Mavericks - Jason Terry, Devin Harris, Josh Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, DeSagana Diop

-LaBamba from Late Night with Conan O'Brien just sang a pretty sweet rendition of the National Anthem.

Time to play. Check back for plenty more following the game. For in-game updates, check out David Simon's Series Blog over at NBA.com.

Thursday, May 3
Posted by: warriors.com (7:00 p.m.)

It's Getting Close

30...Minutes...Away. The anticipation is killing us.

The buzz has returned to ORACLE Arena and fans are proving to be as ready as ever. The parking lot is full of tailgaters. Music can be heard everywhere. Gold t-shirts and Warriors jerseys are around every corner. And we have yet to see one frown.

For those interested, Game 6 is rumored to have even more celebrities present than Games 3 and 4. Among those rumored to be here are Snoop Dogg, Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Rapaport, Fred Couples, Carlos Santana, Penny Marshall, Alex Smith and more. It's official, the Warriors are blowing up.

And for anyone who missed it, Charles Barkley was a featured guest on KNBR this afternoon with The Razor & Mr. T. To listen to his interview, visit KNBR.com.

Thursday, May 3
Posted by: warriors.com (5:36 p.m.)

Take A Look At The Bowl

You can't help but stare in amazement when you see what ORACLE Arena looks like inside right now. 19,000+ 'We Believe' cheer cards is a sight to be seen.

It's going to look even better when every seat is filled with a Warriors fan, or rather, when Warriors fans are standing and screaming at each seat throughout the game.

Also, in case you missed the pre-game show for TNT's Inside the NBA, the Warriors have sent Charles Barkley a GIANT 'We Believe' shirt. He has promised that he'll wear it on the air if the Warriors win. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 3
Posted by: warriors.com (5:06 p.m.)

Some Quick Notes To Hold You Over

We're chomping at the bit for this game to get started, and we're sure you are too.

To help you pass the time, here are some fun facts and notes related to the series.

  • Including their 3-2 series lead, the Warriors are 9-3 versus the Mavericks overall dating back to 12/30/05 and have defeated Dallas five-straight times at ORACLE Arena
  • Of the current sports leagues that play 80-plus game schedules, no team has ever won a postseason series over a team that had 25-or-more wins than they did during the regular season
  • The Warriors have won 14 of 18 series in which they've won the first game
  • Only six teams in NBA history have rallied back to win a series after trailing 3-1 (last done by Phoenix over the L.A. Lakers in last year's First Round)
  • Dallas has never come back to win a series where they were down 3-1
Once again, check out ESPN.coms Bill Simmons' most recent blog entry to read his flattering (and accurate) assessment of Warriors fans.

And for even more great coverage of the Warriors and Mavs, check out David Simon's Series Blog over at NBA.com.

Check back soon for more behind-the-scenes coverage of todays pre-game atmosphere. For interviews from todays shootaround, click here.

Thursday, May 3
Posted by: warriors.com (2:37 p.m.)

Sea of Gold Returns

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks were greeted with 19,000 gold 'We Believe'
signs at today's shootaround.
If you were one of the lucky ones to sit in the lower bowl during Game 3 of the Warriors and Mavericks series, then you must have noticed a gold We Believe Warriors playoff sign attached to your seat upon arrival.

Well tonight, the Warriors are taking it a step further because a We Believe cheer card is attached to EVERY seat in ORACLE Arena. From courtside seats to the top row in the upper bowl, every fan attending tonights game can support the Warriors and be part of the sea of gold.

The Warriors Game Operations staff spent more than eight hours getting the venue in shape for tonights contest, and their efforts didnt go unnoticed. The Mavericks were some of the first ones to see the arena in its golden state, as they held their pre-game shootaround earlier this morning. You can be sure that they are aware of all the spirit and, from their prospective, noise that comes with those cheer cards.

In addition to the signs, We Believe T-shirts will be given to every fan at tonights contest. With everybody decked out in gold with a We Believe sign in tow, the atmosphere tonight is sure to be as lively as ever. The Warriors and their fans have waited a long time for a night like this, and they are definitely ready for it to finally happen.

Weve believed from the beginning since we stepped into training camp, Baron Davis said today during shootaround. Its been a bumpy road, but with the team, community and these fans, weve all been together this whole season and to see us in this situation is a great thing.

Another great thing is the well-deserved attention that Warrior Nation is getting. The players havent hesitated to recognize their fans for providing that homecourt advantage, and the media is catching on as well. From local newspaper columnists to the always-entertaining Charles Barkley, Warriors fans are being widely considered as some of the best in the NBA.

ESPN.coms Bill Simmons, also known as The Sports Guy, wrote about how Warriors fans are some of the most diehard and knowledgeable fans in basketball in his most recent blog entry.

Well be back later with some more behind-the-scenes coverage of todays pre-game atmosphere. In the meantime, check out the interviews from todays shootaround on our Multimedia Page.

Thursday, May 3
Posted by: warriors.com (11:58 a.m.)

It's Game Day

Baron and the Warriors know exactly what kind of support
they will receive tonight.
Giddy. That's how we're feeling right now. Less than eight hours separate us from tonight's tip-off, but it seems like an eternity.

This is pretty much the feeling Warriors fans have had for every game, but tonight that might be the case more so than ever. The Warriors sit in the driver's seat up 3-games-to-2 and can clinch the series in front of their home fans. Our ears already hurt just thinking about how loud it's going to be at ORACLE Arena, but it's definitely a good kind of pain.

This series has caught the attention of basketball fans everywhere, both diehard and casual, and it has brought more exposure to the Warriors than they have had in quite some time. Take a look at our What They're Saying page to see just how much the team is being covered nowadays. It seems like every show centered around sports, every column about the NBA, every basketball blog, etc. is talking about how great this series is, and how impressive the Warriors have been. Even Conan O'Brien (in town all week hosting his show Late Night) has been regularly talking about the Warriors lately.

And as anyone who has watched any of the five games thus far will tell you, the attention is well deserved.

The Warriors will take center stage tonight when they square off with the Mavs on TNT. There are sure to be more playful shots taken at the team and the Bay Area by Charles Barkley, and at this point, Warriors fans probably can't wait to hear what he has to say. The team has been proving him and all doubters wrong all series, and tonight could be the icing on the cake.

For those fans coming to the game, we don't even need to tell you to be ready. Warriors fans continue to prove themselves, and both the Mavs and the Warriors know that the arena will be rocking tonight.

The Warriors are currently going through their morning shootaround, and we'll have full details and audio interviews shortly.

For a full preview of Game 6, click here.

Wednesday, May 2
Posted by: warriors.com (4:44 p.m.)

Looking Toward Tomorrow

The Warriors practiced this morning in Dallas before flying back home.
The Warriors' team flight arrived back in Oakland earlier this afternoon, and everyone is safe and accounted for.

Despite Tuesday's tough loss, the mood wasn't down on the flight whatsoever. The fact that the ride home was rather quiet can be chalked up to the team just getting some rest. After two emotional games in three nights, the Warriors needed to recharge their batteries and get ready for the remainder of the series.

In addition, the team followed up last night's game with a practice this morning in Dallas. Judging by the intensity and demeanor at practice, the Warriors are focused on Thursday's action. After running through some sets and going through their normal practice routine, the Warriors met with the media before heading toward the airport.

But long before practice even started, Jason Richardson was already at work. Like a college student cramming for finals, J-Rich pulled an all-nighter watching video footage of Game 5. Not one to make the same mistake twice, Richardson stayed up all night looking for things that he and his team could have done differently. With that level of dedication, you better believe that the Warriors are focused and ready for Game 6.

The Warriors remain confident that they can and will win this series with Dallas, but they know they won't be able to do it alone.

"We have to rely on our home crowd to really help us," Head Coach Don Nelson said. "They did the two games that we played there."

To hear more of what Nellie had to say today, as well as interviews with Baron Davis, Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson, visit our Multimedia Page.

Wednesday, May 2
Posted by: warriors.com (10:01 a.m.)

Looking Back At Last Night, Looking Ahead To Tomorrow

Last night's game was a heartbreaker, plain and simple. To come back from 21 down and take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to fall short in the end, was a tough way to lose a game, especially one that could have clinched the series.

There is a silver lining for Warriors fans, though. The Warriors will now come home for tomorrow night's Game 6 with a chance to close out the series. If you thought Games 3 and 4 were loud, just wait until fans have the chance to see the Warriors potentially clinch the series at home.

Single-game tickets for Game 6 just went on sale online. There is also still a way to guarantee Game 6 seats. Click here for more information.

The Warriors just completed practice in Dallas and will fly back to Oakland this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Mavs are flying to Oakland as we speak and will hold practice later today. We'll be back with audio and more details later today.

Tuesday, May 1
Posted by: warriors.com (3:33 p.m.)

The Calm Before The Storm

Stephen Jackson wants to eliminate the Mavericks from the playoffs tonight.
Were about three hours from tip-off and the Warriors are ready to play. Holding a 3-1 advantage with a chance to eliminate the regular seasons best team, the players and coaches know what is at stake. While the Warriors definitely love playing at home, they are hoping they wont have to return to ORACLE Arena until Round 2.

There is an ample amount of pressure on the Mavericks right now, but theres also some on the Warriors as well. During todays pre-game shootaround, both Stephen Jackson and Don Nelson addressed how important it is to close out a series as soon as possible. Coach Nelson said he knows what Dallas is capable of (the Mavericks won 17-consecutive games at one point during the regular season), so he and his team are not taking anything for granted. To listen to interviews from todays pre-game shootaround, visit our Multimedia Page.

Should a Game 6 become necessary, it will be played on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at ORACLE Arena. Tickets for that contest will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, May 2) at 10 a.m., and they will ONLY be available at warriors.com and ticketmaster.com. Again, these tickets will only be available should Game 6 become necessary. For more information on this matter, click here.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes coverage and be sure to check out tonights game at 6:30 p.m. on TNT or KNBR 1050. For a preview of tonight's action, click here.

Tuesday, May 1
Posted by: Bob Fitzgerald (9:45 a.m.)

Fitz Files - How's Your hearing?

The "Big-time Backcourt" of Baron Davis and Jason Richardson has the Warriors one game away from the second round of the playoffs.
Is it a problem to still have your ears ringing two days after a playoff game at ORACLE? What a pleasant problem to have for Warrior followers.

I have been fortunate enough to attend NBA Finals, Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cup Playoffs and College Football bowl games. But I have never heard a building as loud as ORACLE Arena on Friday and Sunday nights. And Im not alone in my thinking, as Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle said the exact same thing in his column on Monday Morning.

Warrior fans should be quite proud of their incredible loyalty, knowledge, passion and the ability to affect play on the court. So many Warrior players have credited the crowd with that extra burst of energy, so needed during playoff basketball. In fact, Jason Richardson told me on KNBR that he had never experienced anything like the two home playoff games. And this is a guy who played in two Final Fours in college.

Game 3 was a tidal wave that swept over the Mavericks with Richardson exploding for 30 and the Big-time Backcourt" going for a total of 54 points. The Warriors controlled the game throughout and held Dallas to less than 40 percent shooting for the second time in the series.

Game 4 almost defied description. It was played at Dallas tempo, largely in the half-court. The Mavs controlled the glass and the Warriors struggled from the foul line. Yet the Warriors made all the big plays down the stretch, ending the game on a 22-11 run.

The Big-time Backcourt" had 55 on Sunday night and Baron Davis led the way with 33 points. The Warriors have now had a 30 point scorer in each of the four games in the series.

Despite a broken finger on his shooting hand, Matt Barnes drilled one of the Warriors' biggest shots of the season on Sunday.
I found two game-ending plays to be particularly significant. Matt Barnes, a free agent training camp invitee and a player who had made only 10 career three-pointers coming into the season, took and made a critical three with 30 seconds left in the game. Barnes has made more than 100 triples this season, but he had been 2-for-7 in the game and is playing with a broken middle finger on his shooting hand. But Don Nelson has instilled confidence in every player on the team and no one was surprised that Barnes drilled the shot.

The other critical possession featured Baron Davis drawing the Dallas defense and then firing a laser pass to Andris Biedrins, who slammed it home. Great vision by Baron, excellent movement by Andris, terrific hands on the catch and a quick dunk before the Dallas defense could collapse. ORACLE Arena literally shook after that dunk, the noise so loud you could physically feel it.

So now onto Game 5 where the Warriors will play a still-very-dangerous Dallas team. The Mavs did everything but win the game on Sunday. They played better defense, they got great scoring nights from Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard and Jerry Stackhouse off the bench. The half-court shot by Baron to end the second and Barons steal and dunk at the end of the third proved to be the difference.

If Dallas wins Game 5, expect Game 6 on Thursday to be a lot like Sunday night a contest that either team could win. The pressure will be on the Mavs in Game 5, but would shift to the Warriors for Game 6. And dont even begin the discussion of a Game 7. Historically, road teams have struggled in Game 7s.

For what it is worth, teams with a 3-1 series lead are 158-8 in NBA history. However, the Suns came back from a 3-1 deficit against the Lakers just last season. The toughest game to win in any series is the close-out game. There is still much work to be done for the Warriors.

Monday, April 30
Posted by: warriors.com (4:59 p.m.)

Warriors Leave For Dallas

Following today's practice, the Warriors headed straight to the airport to board their flight for Dallas. In less than 30 hours, we will know whether or not they are returning to Oakland as winners of their First Round series with the Mavs.

With most of the pressure currently on the Mavs, the Warriors remain a loose bunch. The scene at the airport was familiar - lots of joking around and good-natured ribbing, but also a certain overall confidence. The team knows that being up 3-1 far from guarantees a series victory, but they also know that they have the Mavericks backed into a corner.

And just because this Warrior team is young and carries relatively little playoff experience (Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson notwithstanding) doesn't mean that they think clinching will be easy. In fact, several members of the last Warriors team to win a playoff series are on board the plane and can tell them just how tough it is.

Golden State's last playoff series victory came in 1991 when they defeated the San Antonio Spurs 3-games-to-1. Head Coach Don Nelson was at the helm of that squad, just as he is now. And who were three of his top five scorers? How about Chris Mullin (25.7 ppg), Mitch Richmond (22.9) and Rod Higgins (9.5), all of whom have also made the trip to Dallas. And if that's not enough, former Warrior and current broadcaster Jim Barnett will surely be ready to share his playoff experiences, including his role on the 1972-73 Warriors team that went to the Western Conference Finals.

Whatever the outcome of tomorrow's game, one thing is for sure - the Warriors are currently the talk of the town. The coverage of the team is growing larger by the day, but the thing is, the team seems to thrive on the big stage. Tomorrow's game will provide them with yet another opportunity to impress the masses, and we have a feeling they're ready.

For some great national coverage of the Warriors, including some lively Baron Davis discussion, check out TrueHoop.com.

For our preview of Game 5, click here. And for a full recap of Game 4, click here.

We'll be back with much more prior to tomorrow's game in Dallas, so stay tuned.

Monday, April 30
Posted by: warriors.com (2:31 p.m.)

Let's Talk About Sir Charles

Click on the above picture to see what Charles had to say about the Warriors last night.
If you're a Warriors fan, there's no doubt you're aware of the comments that Charles Barkley has been making on TNT's Inside the NBA. Sir Charles has been cynical of the Warriors' chances to win this series from the get-go, and as usual, he hasn't been afraid to say so.

After Game 1, Barkley pretty much stated that the Warriors' win was a fluke. Following Game 2, he made the guarantee that the Warriors would not win another game in the series.

These comments prompted a number of playful anti-Barkley signs at Games 3 and 4 at ORACLE Arena. TNT did a good job of showing all these signs prior to last night's game, but Barkley persisted, sticking to his guns and refusing to give credit to the Warriors. Of course, all of this was said in a light-hearted tone, along with his 'disparaging' comments about the Bay Area.

Charles added fuel to the fire by wearing a Dirk Nowitzki jersey in the TNT studio, but following the Warriors' Game 4 win, he had the look of a defeated man. This didn't stop him, however, from making a few more humorous quips about the Bay Area as a whole.

Many Warriors fans have come to ORACLE Arena with their own messages for Barkley.
For a complete video of last night's Inside The NBA with Charles, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson, plus an interview with Baron Davis, click on the following link. PLAY VIDEO


>>>Have a comment for Chuck? Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius wants to respond to Charles Barkley, and he needs your help, Warriors fans. During Sunday night's game Barkley said (jokingly) that he didn't like Oakland, didn't like San Francisco, and had never heard of Sausalito. Do you have a witty reply to Charles? Write to Nevius at cwnevius@sfchronicle.com and remember to include your first and last name and a phone number if you'd be willing to be interviewed.

Stay tuned for more updates througout the day.

Monday, April 30
Posted by: warriors.com (12:42 p.m.)

Monday Practice Recap

Following last night's dramatic, draining 103-99 Game 5 victory at ORACLE Arena, no one would have blamed the Warriors for wanting the day off today. But that was not the case at the Warriors practice facility this morning, as the guys came in still riding the high of last night's win, ready to prepare for Game 5.

Mixed in with the normal shooting drills and scrimmaging were a lot of smiles and laughs, which is nothing new for this bunch. The team seems to have a knack for being completely focused on the task at hand while still having a good time together.

Following practice, Baron Davis and Don Nelson each spoke to the media, and each had glowing things to say about each other.

Baron on Nellie: "It makes you a better player to know that you have a coach that has your back 100%." Listen to full interview

Nellie on Baron: "I've coached some great players, but I've never coached a guy that's any better than Baron Davis." Listen to full interview

There you have it. When your star player and your head coach have a relationship like that, you know you have something special. And that was quite a statement from Nellie, we might add, but the way Baron is playing right now, can you argue against him?

The Warriors will now depart for Dallas, where they will look to get a good night's sleep before tomorrow's possible series-clinching Game 5. We'll be back later this afternoon with updates and behind-the-scenes photos from the airport.

For a full preview of Game 5, click here. For a full recap of Game 4, click here.

Monday, April 30
Posted by: warriors.com (11:34 a.m.)

Monday Practice

Lucky got another sneak peak at the Warriors' practice today.
The Warriors are currently in the midst of practice, after which they will fly out to Dallas. We'll be back with full updates and a photo gallery of today's practice soon.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Nellie and Lucky that we just took.

And while you're here, check out our Game 4 recap and our Game 5 preview.

Monday, April 30
Posted by: warriors.com (12:11 a.m.)

Warriors Going To Dallas With A Chance To Clinch!

One might say that ORACLE Arena was jumping on Sunday night.
Somehow, the Warriors just made Game 4 of this series as memorable as Game 3.

Tonight's 103-99 win over Dallas had the ORACLE Arena crowd on their feet and yelling throughout the entire game...and for good reason. The back-and-forth game featured 10 lead changes, multiple highlights and a thriling finish. Basically, it had everything you'd want out of a bigtime game, especially if you were a Warriors fan. From Baron's half-court buzzer beater at the end of the first half to Matt Barnes' huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, there were plenty of moments that Golden State faithful will remember forever.

Game 3 was incredibly exciting and memorable, and the fact that it was the Warriors' first playoff game in 13 years made it unforgettable. Game 4, though, was pretty much an instant classic. Billed as the most important game of the series, the Warriors and Mavs both came out hungry, and it showed. The Warriors were looking for a 3-1 series lead, while the Mavs wanted to even the series and regain home court advantage. Both teams fought hard for 48 minutes, but there was a noticeable factor at play that fell in the Warriors favor - their fans.

We've talked before about the passion and energy that Warriors fans convey at every Warriors game, but the Playoffs have been on another level. The 20,000-plus fans at tonight's game most definitely helped will the team to victory. As Jason Richardson said following the game, "We have the greatest fans in the world to me. We wanted to win it for them because they deserve it."

Baron Davis and Jason Richardson are proud to say that their hard work is paying off.
Sunday's game also brought out even more celebrities than Friday's. Spotted in the crowd were Jessica Alba, Carlos Santana, Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Ron Artest and more. Don't look now, but the Warriors are becoming a team in the spotlight.

So what happens now? The Warriors will practice tomorrow morning in Oakland before departing for Dallas. Game 5 will come on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. (PDT), and the Warriors have a chance to clinch the series. Let us say that again, the Warriors have a chance to clinch the series. Wow.

The game will be broadcast on TNT, and it's a pretty sure bet that Warriors fans everywhere will be waiting with great anticipation to see what Charles Barkley has to say prior to the game.

We'll be back with plenty more thoughts, analysis and photos from Game 4, so stay tuned. For a full recap of the game, click here.

Sunday, April 29
Posted by: warriors.com (6:54 p.m.)

The Towels are Out, It's Time to Play!

The Warriors just came onto the floor and the arena exploded yet again. Everyone has their towels and their vocal chords ready to go.

As usual, for some great in-game blogging, check out the Warriors-Mavs Series blog being written by David Simon over at NBA.com.

We'll be back with much more following the game. Go W's.

Sunday, April 29
Posted by: warriors.com (6:24 p.m.)

It's Starting To Fill Up

We didn't think Friday night's level of excitement could be matched we were wrong. We're just less than an hour away from tip-off and there definitely is a pre-game buzz flowing throughout ORACLE Arena.

The feeling is a little bit different, but perhaps more is riding on this contest than any other game so far this series. A victory tonight would give the Warriors a commanding 3-1 advantage. A loss, however, ties the series up and gives homecourt advantage back to the Mavericks. The fans are very much aware of that fact, and have come to provide the Warriors with the home court advantage that has been so kind to the team throughout the season, and especially on Friday.

Many fans are sporting the gold Warriors "We Believe" T-shirts that were distributed at Friday's contest. In addition, "We Believe" rally towels have been given to fans tonight upon their entrance into the arena. Needless to say, the Warriors faithful are prepared to cheer their team to another victory. Grab some earplugs, because the noise coming from ORACLE Arena tonight will be deafening.

While we're here, how about some starting lineups.

Warriors: Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Jason Richardson, Stephen Jackson, Andris Biedrins

Mavericks: Devin Harris, Jason Terry, Josh Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, DeSagana Diop

Also, Josh Powell will not be with the Warriors tonight due to a death in the family.

Sunday, April 29
Posted by: warriors.com (5:25 p.m.)

Let the Tailgatin' Begin!

Fans are preparing for tonight's game with good ol' fashioned tailgate parties.
Game 4 is less than two hours away, and Warriors fans are already making themselves heard...in the parking lot. A good number of fans are taking advantage of a sunny Sunday afternoon by tailgating in the ORACLE Arena parking lot. The lot is already pretty full, thanks to the A's game that ended a short while ago, and Warrior faithful are everywhere.

Inside the arena, players are shooting around and the Warrior Girls just got done practicing. Warriors staff and arena employees are making final preparations before doors open at 5:30.

To help pass the time before the game, check out the 2007 Playoff Auction we have going on. All proceeds benefit the Warriors Foundation.

To listen to interviews from today's shootaround, visit our Multimedia Page.

For fans traveling to tonight's game, please be aware of increased traffic delays due to the unfortunate tanker truck accident on the MacArthur maze. For updates on expected delays, please visit 511.org.

Stay tuned for more updates on tonight's game in the coming hours. For a full preview of Game 4, click here.

Sunday, April 29
Posted by: warriors.com (3:53 p.m.)

Game 4 - The Most Important Game of the Series?

Warriors fans are hoping to do celebrate like this again tonight.
Game 4. Tonight. ORACLE Arena. It's being called the most important game of the series by players on both teams. The Warriors could put the Mavericks in a 3-1 hole and gain even tighter control of the series. Or, the Mavs could even the series and regain homecourt advantage, with two of the final possible three games being played in Dallas.

To listen to interviews from today's shootaround, visit our Multimedia Page.

For fans traveling to tonight's game, please be aware of increased traffic delays due to the unfortunate tanker truck accident on the MacArthur maze. For updates on expected delays, please visit 511.org.

Stay tuned for more updates on tonight's game in the coming hours. For a full preview of Game 4, click here.

Saturday, April 28
Posted by: warriors.com (1:55 p.m.)

Warriors Fans - Simply Amazing Last Night

Click the above image for a photo gallery of the fans at last night's game.
We can't get over how loud ORACLE Arena was last night. Sure, the Warriors have some of the loudest, most dedicated fans in the NBA, so we expected it to be noisy. Last night, though, the sound in the Arena was deafening.

Not only did the Warriors set a franchise record with an attendance of 20,629, it was also the largest group to ever attend a basketball game in the state of California.

Seeing nearly everyone in attendance wearing gold 'We Believe' shirts was inspiring, even for the Warriors players. Following the game, Jason Richardson gave credit to the fans, saying, "To see all of the fans in their yellow 'We Believe' shirts, it gave us so much energy."

So take pride, Warriors fans. Even before the game, Commissioner David Stern commented on how loyal and passionate Warriors fans have always been. Imagine what his opinion is now.

For a full fan photo gallery from last night's memorable Game 3, click here.

The Warriors will be back in action when they host the Mavs tomorrow night at ORACLE Arena. For a full preview of Game 4, click here.

Saturday, April 28
Posted by: warriors.com (12:25 a.m.)

Warriors Make a Big Statement, WIn Game 3 in Rout

There was plenty to smile about for Baron Davis and all of Warrior Nation
on Friday night.
There's so much we want to say, but how do you put into words what happened tonight? ORACLE Arena was absolutely electric from the get-go. Warriors fans are known for being some of the loudest in the NBA, but tonight was on a whole new level. David Stern couldn't help but be impressed with the passion of Warriors fans tonight.

Pre-game introductions could barely be heard over the sound of the crowd. And once the game started, forget about trying to talk to the person next to you. The Warriors gave their fans highlight after highlight. The give-and-take relationship was both beautiful and neverending. The fans would cheer on the team, the team would respond with another bucket, the fans would go nuts, the team would create a turnover, the fans would get even louder...and so on and so forth.

As everyone has or will now say, this series in no way shape or form feels like a 1-seed versus 8-seed match-up. Game 3 just made that observation even more apparent. After a somewhat even first few minutes of the first quarter, the Warriors simply took over and never looked back. J-Rich caught fire, Baron played like the leader he is, Stephen Jackson made up for a below average shooting night with eight rebounds, six assists and superb defense. For a full recap of Game 3, including quotes and highlights, click here.

Stephen Jackson and the rest of the Warriors gave the fans much to cheer about in their Game 3 victory.
So where does this leave us now? Let's see, the Warriors are up 2-games-to-1 and will host the Mavs again for Game 4 on Sunday night. We also know that at worst, the Warriors will have two more chances to win games at ORACLE Arena. Should the series go six games, Game 6 would be played in Oakland on Thursday, May 3.

If you believe in 'must-win' games, Sunday's contest should probably qualify as one for Dallas. The team with the sixth-best record in NBA history is most definitely feeling the pressure, and they will be focused and ready to get back on track on Sunday. However, the Warriors might be the hottest team in the NBA, and they seem to have the Mavs number. The team is a confident bunch, and they become even more confident when they have the raucous ORACLE Arena crowd behind them. So Warriors fans, let's soak this one in, but let's be ready to do it all again on Sunday.

Stay tuned over the next couple days as we bring you even more behind-the-scenes coverage. From practice, to shootaround, to the tailgate parties on Sunday afternoon, we'll be there.

Friday, April 27
Posted by: warriors.com (7:33 p.m.)

GAME TIME!

Monta just received his Most Improved Award from David Stern and ORACLE Arena has never been louder. That is, until about two minutes from now when the Warriors starting lineup is announced.

Also, Brian McKnight just sang one of the best renditions of the National Anthem we've ever heard.

There is absolutely no doubt that Warriors fans here at ORACLE Arena and those watching at home are READY!.

For even more coverage during the game, check out David Simon's blog over at NBA.com.

Friday, April 27
Posted by: warriors.com (7:27 p.m.)

David Stern Press Conference

NBA Commissioner David Stern was very pleased with what he saw at ORACLE Arena.
NBA Commissioner David Stern just wrapped up his press conference. In the coming moments he will present Warriors guard Monta Ellis with the NBAs 2006-07 Most Improved Player Award.

Tonight is obviously an important game. For starters, its Game 3 in a series thats tied at 1-1. The result of tonights game could very realistically dictate the rest of the series. On top of that, its the first Warriors home playoff game of the millennium. The players are ready, the coaches are ready and the fans are most definitely ready.

But the fact that Commissioner Stern is here just makes it feel a little bit bigger. Even though most East Coasters will be sound asleep by the time the Warriors and Mavericks reach halftime tonight, having the commissioner here just makes it feel like THE GAME.

Prior to his press conference, Stern sat down with Warriors radio announcer Tim Roye. The two discussed the Warriors, the playoffs and the league at large.

During the press conference, Stern commented on how proud he was of the Warriors for making the playoffs. He specifically complimented the fans, who have remained amongst the most loyal in the NBA throughout the playoff drought.

Stay tuned to warriors.com throughout the evening as we will continue to bring you behind-the-scenes updates on Game 3.

Friday, April 27
Posted by: warriors.com (6:25 p.m.)

Getting Closer To Tip-Off

Remember that feeling we told you about an hour ago. Well, multiply that by about 1,000 and thats what were feeling right now. ORACLE Arena is absolutely electric right now.

Fans are starting to fill the arena, and each one is being greeted with a free Warriors We Believe T-shirt. Between the signs and shirts that each fan were given, theres going to be a lot of gold in the crowd tonight.

As tip-off approaches, rumors of celebrity appearances at ORACLE are spreading like a wild fire. Among those rumored to be here are Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Carlos Santana among others.

The scene outside ORACLE Arena is simply amazing. Fans are tailgating, having a good time and displaying some creativity with homemade signs. Its true that this will be the first Warriors home playoff game in nearly 13 years, but it almost seems like the fans have been here before. They know exactly what to do come playoff time, and theyre doing it right.

Back inside the arena, Head Coach Don Nelson just finished his pregame media session. About 30 reporters gathered around Nelson outside of the Warriors locker room and asked him a wide variety of questions. From his thoughts on Baron Davis and Stephen Jacksons Game 2 ejections to the electricity already buzzing through the arena, Nelson answered every question with his usual sense of humor.

Stay tuned, as we will bring you behind-the-scenes coverage of NBA Commissioner David Sterns press conference shortly.

In the meantime, feel free to check out our 2007 Playoff Auction for the chance to win Game 6 tickets, plus much much more.

Friday, April 27
Posted by: warriors.com (5:19 p.m.)

ORACLE Arena All Decked Out

ORACLE Arena is already buzzing. The atmosphere is exciting, and it just feels like a big game already.

Upon entering the arena floor, one is introduced to a sea of gold. That is because there are 'We Believe' cheer cards taped to each seat in the lower bowl. Check out the photo gallery to the right to see for yourself.

The increased media presence is also immediately noticeable. The Warriors media room has been expanded into a much bigger section of the arena, and several prominent national media members have already arrived.

Warriors employees and arena staff are working hard to make sure the Warriors' first playoff game in 13 years goes off without a hitch. With David Stern soon to arrive, everyone is anxious to show him how great a place ORACLE Arena really is.

Fans have also already started showing up in the parking lot. We're going to head out to see who's throwing the best tailgate party. We'll be back with more soon.

Friday, April 27
Posted by: warriors.com (2:05 p.m.)

Shootaround Report

In preparation for tonight's Game 3, the Warriors held a pregame shootaround at ORACLE Arena. Players were able to work on their shots and get some last-minute instruction from the coaches.

Members of the local and national media also attended the shootaround to get quotes and soundbites for their upcoming stories. ESPN is in town to broadcast tonight's game, and Hall of Famer Bill Walton will be calling the action. Walton and Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson chatted at length during the shootaround.

Another big name who will be in attendance tonight will be NBA Commissioner David Stern, who will present Monta Ellis with the NBA's 2006-07 Most Improved Player Award prior to tonight's action.

Stay tuned for more from warriors.com, as we will bring you more behind-the-scenes coverage of all that is happening in and around Game 3 of the Warriors' First Round Playoff Series with the Mavericks.

If you're heading to tonight's game, check out the giant T-Shirt hanging on the west side of ORACLE Arena truly a sight to behold.

Don't forget to visit our Multimedia Page for all of the Warriors' latest audio and video clips, including interviews from today's shootaround.

Friday, April 27
Posted by: Tim Roye (12:45 p.m.)

Tim Roye's Journal

ORACLE Arena is definitely the place to be tonight.
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT

I just cant wait until 7:38 tonight when the Warriors tip-off their first home playoff game in 13 years. You are the fans of the Golden State Warriors and you deserve this moment more than anyone else. Hopefully, it will be a night to remember.

SPLIT

The atmosphere around the Warriors was good considering the disappointment of Game 2 and the way it ended. Anytime the 8th seed goes on the road and splits the first two games of the series, its a good thing. Ive said this a million times and I will say it again, this series does not feel like it's a one versus eight seed. Its more like a 3-6 or a 4-5 type of feel.

GAME 3

I feel like tonight is the pivotal game of the series. If the Warriors win, then Game 4 becomes a must-win for Dallas, and conversely for the Warriors should Dallas win. I expect it to be loud and I expect the Warriors to play with emotion and energy. Try to get there as early as possible because there is a baseball game as well and the arena parking lots will be packed.

THANKS

I just want to pass along thanks to all of you who have e-mailed or called to congratulate me for having the chance to work post-season games. Believe me when I say its been an honor and pleasure to bring you guys Warriors games these past 12 seasons, and I would not want to be anywhere else. I know its hard for you guys to follow sometimes since we bounce around from station to station, but all I can say is just check warriors.com and the newspaper and hope for the best. Someday, we will be on one station for all 82 and the post-season.

CONGRATS MONTA

He won the NBAS Most Improved Player Award by increasing his scoring average by over nine points per game and displaying a slashing style that allows him to get to the rim with ease.

Al Harrington's performance tonight will be a key for Golden State.
MAILBAG

Question
Hi Tim,
Who do you think other than Baron Davis needs to play well??
Connor

Answer
Connor,
If the Warriors are to win, then they need a number of players playing well. They are not good enough to have just one player excel. I would love to see J-Rich and Al Harrington have good games tonight, and of course, keep everybody on the floor.
Thanks,
Tim

Question
I have been a Warriors fan all of my life and was pumped for Game 1 on Sunday. Watching the game was so exciting, and the fact that we are confident is even more amazing. My question is in regards to our rebounding. It seems like the Mavs have been getting a lot of offensive rebounds. How are the Warriors planning on dealing with this, as we don't have the height to go up against bigger teams?
Thanks and Go Warriors,
Chris

Answer
Chris,
I think the Warriors have to be close in the rebounding department and in second-chance points. If they are not, thats when the problems begin. Rebounding is an overrated stat, as the best offensive rebounding teams are often the worst shooting teams. I'd rather have a good shooting team than a good rebounding team. Tonight, though, should be a lot of fun.
Thanks for the e-mail,
Tim

Question
Tim,
What are the keys to winning tonight's game?
Kim

Answer
Kim,
I think that the keys tonight will be to:

1.Play with passion and energy, but also with poise
2. Move the basketball and protect the rock; too many turnovers in Game 2 and not enough assists
3. Get J-Rich and Al going early, they need to contribute with their scoring

Thanks for the e-mail, Kim and thanks for being a fan,
Tim

KEEP THE E-MAILS COMING!!! GAME 3 RECAP TOMMORROW!!

Friday, April 27
Posted by: Bob Fitzgerald (10:05 a.m.)

Fitz Files - Game 3 Preview

Stephen Jackson has taken his game to another level thus far in the playoffs.
Why do I think the winner of Game 3 wins this series? Maybe just a feeling. What seems obvious is that the Warriors can play much better. And they will need to as Dallas bounced back with a vengeance in Game 2.

Stephen Jackson cannot play any better. He has been terrific on offense and defense vs. Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Richardson had a nice double-double in Game 2 with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but has yet to start clicking from three-point land. Dallas made the adjustment on Baron Davis in Game 2 by sending extra defenders at him and also switching Josh Howard onto him defensively. That puts pressure on other Warriors to handle the scoring responsibilities.

Monta Ellis had an excellent first quarter with 13 points and seemed off to the races, but two quick fouls sent him to the bench. Monta needs to be a factor on both ends of the court as the Warriors defense was not nearly as effective in Game 2.

There is a lot of pressure on Al Harrington and Mickael Pietrus for Game 3. Al is an excellent outside shooter and should have a mismatch against DeSagana Diop and Erick Dampier. He has scuffled mightily shooting the ball (4-for-22) in the series. Pietrus was so critical the last month of the season, as he shot the three-pointer at nearly 50 percent, but he has yet to find his shot in the playoffs.

Bottom line to win Game 3, Harrington and Pietrus have to kick in offensively. The Warriors need to move the ball better, cut down on turnovers and start hitting three-pointers.

ORACLE Arena should be absolutely rocking tonight. Lets hope the crowd propels the Warriors to their best play of the series. Whoever controls Game 3 controls the series.

Check back throughout the day for plenty of pre-game updates and analysis. And for the latest Warriors video and audio clips, visit our Multimedia Page.

Meanwhile, for a full preview of Game 3, click here.

Thursday, April 26
Posted by: warriors.com (5:11 p.m.)

Monta Ellis Press Conference

Chris Mullin sat proudly next to Ellis, the former high school player he selected in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft.
Following Thursday's practice, a press conference was held to honor Monta Ellis' being named the 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player. Monta was joined at the podium by Head Coach Don Nelson and Executive VP of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin.

For complete audio of the press conference, listen here .

To read the full press release announcing Monta's accomplishment, including voting totals, multimedia and more, click here.

Ellis narrowly edged out Sacramento's Kevin Martin to win the award, with Warriors teammate Andris Biedrins finishing fifth in the voting.

Monta and the Warriors will now go home and get a good night's sleep, as tomorrow marks one of the most anticipated games in franchise history. Stay tuned to warriors.com all day tomorrow as we bring you updates from shootaround, from ORACLE Arena's parking lot and from inside what is sure to be a packed, raucous house.

Thursday, April 26
Posted by: warriors.com (4:15 p.m.)

Thursday Practice Recap

After flying back in to Oakland late last night, the Warriors were back on the practice floor this afternoon. As has been the case throughout the playoffs, a very large contingent of media members were also present at practice. The Warriors practice facility was full of news reporters, columnists, beat writers, cameras and more, which is just one more sign that the Warriors are a pretty big deal right now.

As expected, many of the media members wanted to talk about the ejections of Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson from last night's Game 2 in Dallas. Coach Nelson opened up the discussion by announcing that he had levied fines against both players. For Nelson's entire interview, listen here .

Davis and Jackson were also popular targets of the media, and their respective interviews can be heard on our Multimedia Page. When asked about comments that Charles Barkley made following last night's game, Jackson jokingly said with a smile, "I don't get into conversations with people who don't have Championship rings."

Much attention was also paid to Monta Ellis, who earlier in the day was named the 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player. Monta did not speak to the media at practice, but a press conference was held immediately afterwards to discuss his accomplishment. We will have full details in our next entry.

Thursday, April 26
Posted by: warriors.com (11:29 a.m.)

Monta Wins Most Improved Player Award!

With the NBA handing out their annual awards this week, there was much anticipation around Warriors headquarters about today's announcement of the Most Improved Player award. The anticipation turned into excitement this morning as the Warriors' Monta Ellis was officially named the NBA's 2006-07 Most Improved Player. For a full news release, voting totals, multimedia and more, click here.

Monta edged out Sacramento's Kevin Martin by three total points, the closest margin in the history of the award. It should also be noted that the Warriors' Andris Biedrins finished fifth in voting, earning eight first place votes for his impressive 2006-07 campaign.

The Warriors will hold a press conference to announce Monta's accomplishment following today's practice. Check back soon for details and a full recap of both practice and the press conference.

Oh yeah, and rumor has it that a very special guest will be at ORACLE Arena on Friday night to present the award to Monta, among other things. Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, April 25
Posted by: warriors.com (10:49 p.m.)

Heading Home Tied At 1-1

Jason Richardson logged a double-double in Wednesday's defeat.
The Warriors lost a tough one tonight, dropping a 112-99 decision to the Mavericks in Game 2. The series is now tied at 1-1, with the action continuing this weekend in Oakland.

Golden State opened Game 2 seeking a 2-0 advantage in the series, but the Mavericks dashed those thoughts when they stretched their two-point halftime advantage to 13 by the end of the third quarter. The Warriors, however, are still in good position in this series, as they can host three of the five potential remaining games in the first round.

Fridays Game 3 is sure to provide an electric atmosphere at ORACLE Arena, where the Warriors were 30-11 during the regular season. You can be sure that the both the Warriors and their playoff-hungry fans will be ready to reassume the lead in the series. After Friday, the Warriors will stay at home for Sundays Game 4. For fans wanting to catch the action in person, there is still a way to secure playoff tickcets. Find out how.

Be sure to check back with us on Thursday for plenty of exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the team as they return home. Stay tuned for recaps and analysis from Tim Roye and Bob Fitzgerald, who will share their thoughts on Wednesday's Game 2, as well as the remainder of the series.

For the latest video and audio clips, dont forget to visit our Multimedia Page.

Wednesday, April 25
Posted by: warriors.com (2:20 p.m.)

Wednesday Shootaround

Matt Barnes and his teammates are both loose and focused....as usual.
Throughout this road trip, the Warriors have been classified a loose, yet focused bunch. Wednesday's shootaround was no exception, as the team carried the same demeanor into the gym as they have over the past several days.

As usual, shootaround lasted for about an hour before being opened up to the media. However, the only member of the Warriors to speak to the media today was Head Coach Don Nelson. The same went for the Mavs, as Avery Johnson was their lone representative. With two full days between games, pretty much every question has been asked of the players. Coaches are used to addressing the media quite often, as they normally speak to them at each practice and before and after each game. To listen to what Nellie and Johnson had to say, visit our Multimedia Page.

Following shootaround, the team went back to their hotel to rest up for tonight's Game 2. With plenty of time to dissect Game 1 and ponder Game 2, tonight's match-up figures to be intriguing for a variety of reasons. The Warriors are confident, but they are careful of not being overconfident. Heading home with a 2-0 lead is something they know they must earn, but they also know it's entirely possible. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are sure to be even more focused than they were heading into the series, but at the same time, they are now facing much more pressure.

For a full preview of Game 2, click here. Remember, the game tips off at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) and can be seen on TNT and heard on KNBR 1050.

Also, for a running account of tonight's game, check out the Warriors-Mavs Series Blog being written by David Simon on nba.com.

Tuesday, April 24
Posted by: Warriors PR (5:03 p.m.)

Tuesday Practice Recap

Baron Davis was all smiles with the media, but all business during practice.
As discussed in earlier entries (and widely by the Bay Area media), the Warriors have been a loose bunch on this entire trip....and they still are. However, they are also focused and well aware that they are here to work. And work they did at todays practice session. After arriving at AAC and going through the daily media availability session, the Warriors warmed-up with some shooting drills for about 20 minutes while the media remained in the gym and watched. Once the media left and the Warriors were alone, the intensity picked up dramatically.

During a series of full court drills, the Warriors got after each other and the intensity level was very high. The gym was lively and loud, as players were communicating and pushing each other on every trip. There were several highlights, including a STRONG one-handed dunk in the middle of a scrum by Matt Barnes. Another highlight was Stephen Jackson completely breaking down and driving by Al Harrington with a great cross-over, only to have Al respond and block his lay-up attempt from behind at the rim and chase down the loose ball.

Once practice was over, several players (including Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Jason Richardson and Matt Barnes) chose to stay afterwards and get some extra shots up. The team bus took the first crew back to the hotel and returned to the arena to pick up those players, coaches and staff members that stayed behind, returning more than a half hour later.

This was a very good practice on the eve of Game 2. Very good. The Warriors know they are in for a dog fight like none other on Wednesday nightbut they are also ready.

Check back tomorrow for some last minute details before the big game. For a full preview of Game 2, click here.

And if you're looking for even more coverage, be sure to check out the Warriors-Mavs Series Blog being written by David Simon on nba.com.

Tuesday, April 24
Posted by: Tim Roye (4:35 p.m.)

Tim Roye's Journal

Don Nelson addressed a growing number of media members before today's practice.
PRACTICE!!! WERE TALKIN PRACTICE!!

The Warriors approached practice today in a loose but business-like manner. Matt Barnes and Jason Richardson were sporting new shoes and that started some conversation and good-natured ribbing. Golden State will have a shootaround tomorrow before Game 2, which can be heard on KNBR 1050 and the Golden State Warriors Radio Network.

For audio clips from today's practice, visit our Multimedia Page.

NELLIE BEING NELLIE

Coach Don Nelson appeared on the Dan Patrick Show (radio) and said he had a better chance of being hit by lightning than the Warriors have of winning Game 2.

The Dallas Metroplex forecast today was for cloudy skies, rain and thunderstorms.

DALLAS

The papers and talk shows were all talking about why Avery Johnson went small with his starting lineup during Sunday's 97-85 Warriors win in Game 1. There were a lot of articles talking about how the Mavs are going to adjust and hold serve in Game 2. I expect the Mavs to be breathing fire at the opening tip on Wednesday night.

It was interesting last night that when the Warriors wanted to go back to the American Airlines Center, the floor was pulled up and the players were unable to get some extra shots up.

AUDIO

Enjoy these audio clips. First, Dallas Guard Devin Harris says that Game 1 was a feeling-out period. Click here to listen to his comments.

And Warriors Guard Baron Davis comments on how Game 1 was a theft on the part of the Warriors. Click here to listen.

Dallas guard Devin Harris said that the Mavericks will make the proper adjustments for Game 2.
GAME 2

I cant wait. I cant wait to see what Dallas will do. I cant wait to see how the Warriors weather the initial storm in the first half. I cant wait to see if Nellie has anything else up his sleeve and how Baron plays. I cant wait to see if J-Rich gets on fire or if Monta, with a playoff game under his belt, plays to his capabilities.

MAILBAG

Question
Hi Tim,
Thanks for the coverage of the series! I think two main keys for the Warriors to win, and even sweep, the series are rebounding and containing Devin Harris. What do you think?
James

Answer
James,
The rebounding was fine in Game 1 as the Warriors did not let the Mavericks dominate the glass and hurt Golden State with second-chance points. However, your point is valid, as they must hit the boards. Harris kept coming back to the right hand and that is a problem. If you keep him in front of you as much as you can and make him a jump shooter, then you have a chance of holding him down. Thanks,
Tim

Question
How does Andris Biedrins feel about no longer being in the starting lineup?
D

Answer
D,
Andris is fine with coming off the bench and that shows how good a teammate he is. He will play a role in this series, especially if Diop and Dampier start to play major minutes. You cannot argue with the success of the small lineup and the way this team has been playing lately.
Thanks for the e-mail,
Tim

Question
Tim,
Although we took Game 1, I dont think we played that well. It seemed like we missed too many shots. What are your feelings on this?
Jay

Answer
Jay,
There was no question that both teams missed lay-ups and open shots. The Mavs didn't play their best and youd have to look at the numbers for J-Rich, Monta and Al, each of whom had sub-par outings. The Warriors can play a lot better and that bodes well for Game 2, though I thought their defense was really good on Sunday. Thanks
Tim

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Tuesday, April 24
Posted by: Warriors PR (11:31 a.m.)

Team Breakfast Meeting

Patrick O'Bryant and Head Athletic Trainer Tom Abdenour grabbed some breakfast before sitting
down to go over film.
One of the hottest night spots in all of Dallas (of which there are many by the way) is Nobu, the ultra-swank lounge, bar, sushi restaurant in the lobby of the Crescent Court hotel. The Crescent Court is also the teams hotel while in Dallas. So for the Golden State Warriors, Nobu has been transformed from a happening night spot to a much-needed morning meeting room.

Each morning while in town, the Warriors have assembled as a group inside Nobu to have a team breakfast. Today, the food spread was positioned nicely in the middle of a stylized sake display that is usually one of the best spots for people watching in the club.

This morning, the group assembled at 11 a.m., filled their plates and went over film from Game 1.

After the breakfast meeting, the team has a couple hours off to rest or get treatment before boarding a 1:45 p.m. bus to head over to American Airlines Center for practice. The Warriors expect to see another large media crowd on hand for practice, as several national media members have picked up on this series since Golden States Game 1 victory.

Its rainy in Dallas, but still warm. HUMID. Monta Ellis and the rest of the players with Southern roots are probably used to this, but the homegrown California types will probably spend a lot of time inside the Crescent today. Its a WONDERFUL hotel and the staff here has given the Warriors traveling party, about 50-plus strong, nothing but the best of service during our entire stay.

Check back for more later this afternoon for a post-practice report.

Tuesday, April 24
Posted by: Bob Fitzgerald (9:47 a.m.)

What Will Happen In Game 2?

Dirk Nowitzki will be looking to rebound from a 4-for-16 Game 1 shooting performance.
Following the day-after analysis, what did we learn from Game 1 that will matter in Game 2?

One thing that has been at the forefront of all the media coverage following Game 1 is that Avery Johnson played right into the Warriors' hands with Nowitzki at center and a small lineup.

While that seems to be true, I think the least mentioned analysis of Game 1 is how Dallas outplayed the Warriors in the second quarter and then opened the second half differently.

The Mavericks outscored the Warriors 21-15 in the second quarter and outrebounded the Ws 21-9. Why? Because they went big, with DeSagana Diop and Erick Dampier playing most of their minutes in that one quarter. This was exactly how Dallas won 67 games. Why they didnt start the game - or at least the third quarter - with a big lineup and play that way for most of the game is a mystery. And it completely benefited the Warriors.

For Dallas, expect them to go big tomorrow night, which means Al Harrington has to make the lumbering big men pay by hitting his outside shots. He had a poor shooting night in Game 1 and it didnt cost the Warriors, as Matt Barnes was incredible. If the Warriors are to win Game 2, Harrington and Pietrus will have to hit the wide open jumpers they missed in the first game.

The Mavs will likely send a variety of defenders at Baron Davis on Wendesday.
After losing the first game of the series and listening to the media criticize them for their lack of passion, Dallas is going to come out with their hair on fire at the beginning of Game 2. The Warriors need to avoid being down big after the first 12 minutes and weather that early storm to get Dallas thinking, "these guys just wont go away. There is so much pressure on Dallas for this game, as the Warriors already have the split and know ORACLE will be rocking on Friday and Sunday.

In my opinion, the biggest problem for the Mavs is who is going to guard Baron Davis? Devean George cant stay with him and is not a huge offensive threat on the other end. Greg Buckner is a good defender, but again, not an offensive player. Jason Terry and Devin Harris are quicker, but not as strong as Baron. I expect Dallas to be sending extra bodies at B.D and given he is such an excellent passer, it will be up to his teammates to make the Mavericks pay by hitting wide open jumpers.

So Dallas plays big, Baron is double-teamed and you have to think Nowitzki will shoot it much better (they will post him up more, so he can just turn and shoot it without having to dribble). That makes the Warriors' three-point shooting HUGE in this game. If the Warriors are hot from the arc for the whole game (7-of-15 in the second half of Game 1), they have a chance to really stun the NBA world.

To listen to what Head Coaches Don Nelson and Avery Johnson had to say about their preparation for Game 2, check out our Multimedia Page.

Monday, April 23
Posted by: Warriors PR Deptartment (2:52 p.m.)

Monday Practice

Baron Davis was a popular target among media
members on Monday.
Following a scintillating 97-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Big D last night, the Warriors returned to practice on Monday at American Airlines Center with one goal in mind ---- reminding people, especially the media - that Sunday's win over the NBA's best team was just one small step. No predictions. No boasting. No brashness. Just one victory over a 67-win team that had an off-night to open the 2007 NBA Playoffs.

In fact, Stephen Jackson, who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, made certain that his teammates remained focused on the remainder of the series. Jackson, who scored 23 points on Sunday, gathered his teammates together in the jubilant locker room moments after the win and implored anyone who would listen to look at the big picture and not simply 48 minutes of basketball in a long, long series. And, his teammates obliged. Coach Don Nelson, his assistants and all 14 players on the roster realize that, yes, the Warriors have had some success over the Mavericks over the last three years, but that is of little consequence at this point.

To keep things loose, Nellie introduced Baron to the media as his 'head schmoe,' playing off a running joke about the Warriors just being a team that is lucky to have made it to the playoffs. Head Athletic Trainer Tom Abdenour even suggested creating shirts that say 'Nellie and the Schmoes' for the Warriors playoff run. Of course the Warriors are definitely focused on winning this series, they just want to make sure they don't give the Mavs any bulletin board material.

The Warriors are trying to keep things loose in spite of the pressure of this playoff series.
Monday's practice was light and loose as the Warriors, who are about as confident as a team can be after winning 17 of their last 22 games, prepared for Game 2 on Wednesday. The majority of the veterans - Jackson, Baron Davis, Al Harrington and Jason Richardson - spent approximately 40 minutes shooting and working out together. The remainder of the players (primarily the reserves) were enthralled in a 3-on-3 game that was highlighted by a Josh Powell dunk over Michael Pietrus. At the end of the session, the 45-plus media members in attendance interviewed the players around the perimeter of the court, with Jackson and Davis drawing the most attention. Davis spoke about his brilliant performance on Sunday and even credited one of his Los Angeles-based buddies, Magic Johnson, for taking him under his wing as a youngster in Southern California.

You can listen to Davis' interview and all other interviews from today's practice on our Multimedia page.

As most would expect from a young, confident team, the chemistry of this squad is one of the primary reasons for its success. The players are very close-knit group, laugh a lot, love their coach and have a lot of fun. The highlight of today's bus ride back to the team hotel after practice was topped off with a barrel of laughs at the expense of Mr. Pietrus. When a team PR rep asked all of the players if they had any interest in attending tonight's Texas Rangers' game at The Ballpark in Arlington, Stephen Jackson asked "who are they playing?" When informed it was the Seattle Mariners, one of the players shouted out - "Ichiro!!" - to which MP responded, "Texas Rangers? Chuck Norris?" You gotta love the Frenchmen. We told him, yes, Norris is one of their starting pitchers, but won't be on the mound tonight.

The Warriors will practice on Tuesday at AAC at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, April 23
Posted by: Tim Roye (1:58 p.m.)

Tim Roye's Journal

GAME ONE

Baron Davis and the Warriors impressed all who watched their 97-85 victory on Sunday.
As you know by now, the Warriors beat the Mavs last night and what a great night it was. It was great to get into the playoffs and it was sweet to win the first game, but what was really remarkable was the feeling in the locker room. The players talked about winning three more to win the series instead of being totally giddy over the victory.

For the first time in Warriors uniforms, Baron Davis and Jason Richardson got to go to the podium and to talk about the win. To view their post-game press conference, visit our Multimedia Page.

PRACTICE

The Warriors worked out today at the American Airlines Center and the media gathering was impressive. Most of the Dallas media asked the Warriors about Avery Johnson starting a small lineup and Dirk Nowitzki missing shots. The Warriors have also spent time in the Mavericks practice gym, which is also located at the AAC and is filled with banners that have motivational slogans written on them. The atmosphere today was upbeat, as one might have expected, and very relaxed. To listen to a few interviews from Monday's practice, click here.

GAME TWO

This is a MUST win for Dallas. It will be curious to see what adjustments will be made, and I would expect to see DeSagana Diop or Erick Dampier starting at center for the Mavs. I will say this, as much as the Dallas press harped on the poor shooting for the Mavs, check out the Warriors box score. Al Harrington remarked that he didnt shoot well and neither did J-Rich or Monta Ellis for that matter, so Golden State can play a lot better.

E-mail me and let me know what you think the key is to GAME 2!!!!

MAILBAG

In the midst of the media frenzy, I was able to pull
Chris Mullin aside for an interview..
Question--
Tim,
One thing I have noticed is the importance of Baron Davis. His presence in uniform at the games, even with minimal playing time, is crucial to the team. They feed off his presence in uniform. They know they can win this series. The closeness they present as a team comes across the television set. That's very big. It can't be explained, or deniedand it is very rare. Go Warriors!
Dan Gray

Answer--
Dan,
There is a great chemistry on this team and your gut feeling is right on. It is hard to explain and I don't believe that it can be defined. It was a great game last night and this team really believes it is going to win. Game 2 Wednesday night, game on.
Tim

Question--
Hi Tim,
Great Game 1, hard fought with many spurts on both sides. I think Nellie managed the game well by calling time whenever they were on a scoring drought and also by starting the second half with Biedrins to match-up bigger. They've got the home court advantage for now and with the home crowds coming into play in Games 3 & 4, they can take control of the series.
Ray

Answer--
Ray,

Nellie got the better of his former pupil
on Sunday night.
It was a great Game 1. The team had an outstanding game plan against the Mavericks and Nellie effectively kept the crowd out of it with great use of timeouts. Nellie used that small lineup and Dallas tried to hang with it, but Golden State is just better in my opinion when the teams match up small versus small. It's great to be in the playoffs. It's great that the Warriors have a shot to win this series.
Tim

Question--
Hey Tim,
I am so happy for you and the Warriors making it to the playoffs after a long drought. Listening to the game tonight, I noticed that the Warriors did not run many isolation plays with Monta Ellis. He was a main reason for the Warriors great record against the Mavericks. Do you think that he just needs to get one game in the playoffs out of the way? Thanks
Laksh Lakireddy

Answer--
Laksh,
Thanks for listening and I enjoy bringing the Warriors to you. Monta did not have a great game, but it was his first playoff game and that is important. The Warriors were tight early on and I expect Monta to have a good series, and it starts Wednesday night. Your feeling is right. I think there was a first-game learning curve for him. Thanks for the e-mail
Tim

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Sunday, April 22
Posted by: warriors.com (11:58 p.m.)

Warriors WIn Game 1!

Baron Davis willed the Warriors to victory
on Sunday night.
What more can be said? The Warriors went into Dallas tonight and proved that this series is going to be very interesting. Not only did the Warriors defeat the Mavs, they did so convincingly. The 97-85 victory was the Warriors' sixth consecutive win over the Mavericks, including their fourth this season.

Baron Davis' second half performance was nothing short of incredible. His 19 third quarter points, and 26 overall second half points were just part of the story. His passion and will to win lifted the entire team as they outscored Dallas by 12 in the second half.

With the Warriors starting the series off with a road win (their first playoff road win since 1991), the Mavericks home court advantage is no more. And with the Mavs now down 1-0 in the series, even more pressure is placed upon their shoulders.

For a complete game recap, including game highlights and post-game press conference video, click here.

We'll be back with much more over the next few days.

Sunday, April 22
Posted by: Warriors PR Department (3:12 p.m.)

Sunday Shootaround Report

The Warriors conducted today's shootaround on the main floor at American Airlines Center.
The Warriors went through shootaround today at American Airlines Center. They used the main floor that the game will be played on tonight, while the Mavericks held their shootaround on the practice floor located adjacent to their locker room.

One thing that MIGHT come into play tonightthe condition of the playing court. The Dallas Stars hosted the Vancouver Canucks last night in a Stanley Cup Playoff game. Due to the quick turnaround between games, the ice service was left down and the basketball court was placed over it. This is not uncommon in arenas that have both hockey and basketball, but the court at American Airlines Center did have some condensation in various places. It will be interesting to see what happens tonight when the place is packed and the heat rises up. Either way, both teams will have to deal with it, but it might come into play. Well see.

A lot has been written about the Warriors team chemistry being a big reason for their late-season success. The team was playing free and easy, everyone was getting along and everyone was having a good time. Well, just because the playoffs are here and the stakes are higher, the way that the Warriors carry themselves has not changed one bit. It was apparent at shootaround that this group is focused, but also loose. There was lots of chatter and good-natured joking going on when appropriate, which has been a staple of this team since the January 17th trade.

Following practice, all the players stayed loose by joking around a bit.
Chief among the jokers today was Sarunas Jasikevicius (whos spot-on Borat imitation could be heard from the back of the bus on the way home from shootaround) and Al Harrington. Harringtons imitation, while not as widely known as Borat, was well known by Warriors players and staff. You see, Al did his best Tom Abdenour impression. Normally, Abdenour, the teams head athletic trainer, will address the players before they leave the bus. Toms usual routine includes announcing what time it is currently, a request to put their practice gear out as soon as possible for equipment manager Eric Housen to pick up, as well as the bus times for that evenings game. As the bus pulled up to the front of the hotel and Abdenour ready to turn and face the team, Harringtons voice could be heard from the back of the bus. OK, the time is currently 1:27. First bus is at 6:15, second bus is at 6:45. If you need any treatment well be in the room. Enjoy the afternoon. It was almost perfect, except for one thing. First and foremost, please put your practice gear outside your room as soon as possible, Matt Barnes chimed in. No ones smile was bigger than Abdenours. This team knows what is at stake tonight, but they are not up-tight. They are focused and loosethe same combination that has propelled the team to a 16-5 finish to the season and a 9-1 record in their final 10 games the best-ever 10-game finish by a #8 seed.

Just a couple hours until the bus leaves for the Arena. Just a couple hours until the Warriors make their official return to the playoffs.

Sunday, April 22
Posted by:Warriors PR Department (9:56 a.m.)

Sunday Morning Update

Today's shootaround will have even more media present than at yesterday's practice.
The playoffs are different than the regular season. In A LOT of ways. The Warriors got one more reminder of that with an extra hour of sleep today. With tonights game scheduled for 8:30 p.m. local time, at least 60 or 90 minutes later than most regular season games start, the teams shootaround is scheduled for 12:00 noon at American Airlines Center.

During the regular season, the Warrior preferred shootaround time is 11:00 a.m. With the Mavs scheduled for an 11:00 12:00 shootaround today (and preference on time because they are the home team), Coach Nelson decided to have his shootaround at noon rather than from 10:00 11:00 a.m.

The bus for shootaround leaves in about a half hour and the Warriors will get to finalize their game plan for tonights Game 1. Theyll also get to spend some more time with the media crowd, which promises to be much bigger than even yesterdays mass at practice. Several more Bay Area media members were scheduled to arrive in Dallas either last night or this morning.

Be sure to check back later in the day for some updates from shootaround and any last minute notes.

Saturday, April 21
Posted by: Warriors PR Department (7:33 p.m.)

Saturday Practice Recap

Andris Biedrins will be counted on to be a key performer off the bench in Game 1 tomorrow night.
After arriving in Dallas on Friday evening, the Warriors conducted their first practice at American Airlines Center on Saturday afternoon. Actually, the first practice was held on the Mavericks' practice court, which is located inside of the arena, but away from the main part of the facility. The Dallas Stars are scheduled to host an NHL Playoff game at the AAC on Saturday night, which resulted in the need for the Warriors to use the Mavs practice court.

Coach Nelson and the rest of the Warriors were greeted by a large contingency of media when they arrived at the practice court. The Warriors, in contrast to the regular season, conducted media availability with the press prior to practice on Saturday. Typically, NBA teams will conduct interviews after practice, but during the playoffs, the two competing teams will coordinate media availability times in an effort to make it convenient for the media to cover both teams in a back-to-back situation (the Mavs practiced first and conducted their media availability at the end of practice; the Warriors practiced second and conducted media availability prior to the start of their practice).

Approximately 35 media members - ranging from Dallas resident and ESPN.com writer Marc Stein to San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami - grilled the Warriors for roughly 25 minutes. Can you beat the Mavs? Do you have their number? How much of an effect will Nellie have on the series? Do you have anything to lose after making the playoffs?

To listen to interviews from Don Nelson, Baron Davis and Jason Richardson, plus a few words from Dallas Head Coach Avery Johnson, visit the Multimedia Page.

Saturday, April 21
Posted by: warriors.com (5:42 p.m.)

Playoff Ticket Open House

Single-game tickets for Games 3 and 4 of the Warriors' series with the Mavs went on sale this morning at ORACLE Arena, but they weren't on sale for long.

Ticket booths opened at 7:00 a.m. for Visa Signature card owners, and then at 8:00 a.m. for the general public. By 10:00 a.m., both games were sold out.

Faithful fans stood outside the gates at ORACLE Arena for hours waiting to secure tickets to see the Warriors host a playoff game for the first time in 13 years.

Fans also got the chance to pick up special Warriors 'We Believe' shirts that will be handed out to all ticket holders at Game 3 on Friday, April 27. One can only imagine how energetic the atmosphere at the Arena will be that night.

Don't forget, there is still a way to secure playoff tickets. Click here to find out how.

Saturday, April 21
Posted by: Tim Roye (10:46 a.m.)

Tim Roye's Journal

HERE WE GO!!!!

Baron Davis and the Warriors players, coaches, trainers, broadcasters and assorted front office staff left for Dallas on Friday afternoon.
I am composing this Journal while the team is flying to Dallas. The past few days have been surreal and extremely busy. Everyone seems relaxed and anxious to get this playoff series going.

GIVE ME YOUR BEST
Most of the network pundits have picked the Mavs in five or six and have not really given the Warriors any chance which is understandable when you consider how infrequently the eight seed has defeated the number one seed. However, this Warriors team has played some of the best basketball in the league since March 5, compiling a 16-5 mark during that time with a point differential of 7.1 ppg. Whats your prediction on this series?? E-mail me here and I will comment on them and respond to you.

THE ROSTER
JASON RICHARDSONwill appear in his first playoff game following 438 regular season games; all-time franchise leader with 700 three-pointers

STPEHEN JACKSONhis 43 playoff games could be a big advantage on a roster that has little playoff experience

AL HARRINGTONfinished eighth in the league in 3-point shooting (43.3%) and will use that to bring Dallas centers away from the key; appeared in 25 playoff games as a Pacer

MONTA ELLISI predict that this Most Improved candidate will have his nationwide coming-out party in this series

Stephen Jackson was in good spirits before the team took off for his home state.
BARON DAVISthe Warriors leader, his health was a catalyst to the playoff run; appeared in 35 playoff games as a member of the Hornets

ANDRIS BEIDRINSI think his role in this series will be a work in progress, depending on how the Mavs play; finished third in FG%, 11th in rebounding and 15th in blocks

MATT BARNESfinished the season strong, could be matched up with Howard and Nowitzki; Barnes was one of my guests on this week's Warriors Radio Roundtable and to listen to our conversation or any past Roundtable Shows, just click here

KELENNA AZUBUIKEI think he will see playing time in this series, and expand Nellies rotation

MICKAEL PIETRUSaveraged a career high 11.1 ppg; his athleticism will be needed to combat the Mavs quickness

ADONAL FOYLE---had been the active player with the most games without a playoff appearance, you cant help but be thrilled for him

SARUNAS JASIKEVICIUShas not played lately, but in a tight game, could be used on an offensive possession because of his great foul shooting

JOSH POWELLFirst Round match-up is against former team; will play if bigs get into foul trouble

PATRICK OBRYANTappeared in 16 games this year in the NBA, 25 games in the NBDL

ZARKO CABARKAPAmade the trip to Dallas in support of his teammates

Al Harrington and Jason Richardson were relaxed but anxious before the plane took off.
MAILBAG

Question--
Tim,
You, Jim and the team do a great job. What is your take on Biedrins reduced playing time, especially after the big raves about his abilities?
Jim

Answer--
Jim,
Thanks for the e-mail. We have arrived in Dallas and are preparing for Game One on Sunday night. Biedrins is getting reduced playing time because the small lineup is working better than anyone had hoped. When you are 9-1 in your last ten games, having one player with reduced playing time is not that big of an issue. Andris is having a great year and will be a Warrior for a long time to come. Thanks again for the kind words and I hope you enjoy the playoffs.
Tim

Question--
Tim,
Does this team feel like they can take it all or was just making the playoffs the goal? As a life long fan, I see an IT Factor with this team. Even our bench is making the highlight reels! Good luck!
Mark D.

Answer
Mark D,
I think that this team has a punchers' chance to win the first round series. They are 9-1 in their last ten games and have played pretty well since Baron and J-Rich came back healthy. I am really looking forward to the first game on Sunday night.
Tim

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Friday, April 20
Posted by: warriors.com (1:46 p.m.)

Friday Practice Recap & Photos

After only holding a team meeting yesterday, the Warriors were back on the practice floor today at their Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland. The practice was the team's last before flying out to Dallas today at 1:00 p.m.

Today's practice was business as usual for the Warriors. The team went over Dallas' sets and broke down the gameplan for Sunday. Players went through shooting drills and practice ended with free throws. But one could tell that this practice meant more - that the players are focused on the task at hand and know how important the next few days are.

Another notable difference at practice was the sheer number of media members who were present. Reporters and cameramen filled the practice facility looking for the chance to talk to Don Nelson, Jason Richardson, Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and others.

A light-hearted moment came when Nellie's dog, Lucky, made his way into the gym. Lucky ran across the floor until he found Nellie, at which time he tried to jump into the coach's arms while he was speaking with the media. When Nellie was finished with the local media, he made his way over to TNT's media station, where he was greeted by his former teammate, John Thompson. Nellie and Thompson, who played together on the Boston Celtics' 1965-66 Championship team, exchanged pleasantries and were joined by Lucky, who took a seat right at Thompson's legs.

Why did Matt Barnes show up with a
mohawk today? FIND OUT

One player receiving a lot of attention at practice was Matt Barnes, who showed up with a brand new mohawk. For the reason behind Barnes' new 'do, listen here .

Following practice, the Warriors headed straight to the airport, where they boarded a flight headed for Dallas.

Stay tuned for updates and audio clips from the trip to Dallas, including audio clips and details of tomorrow's practice.

And just a reminder, the Warriors host the Mavericks on April 27 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Playoffs. Single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at ORACLE Arena. Click here for more details..

Friday, April 20
Posted by: warriors.com (11:00 a.m.)

Practice - 10:30 a.m.

The Warriors are currently at their Practice Facility, holding their final practice before they fly to Dallas. The team's flight will leave Oakland at 1:00 p.m.

Check back today for updates and photos from practice, and check back over the next few days for exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the team's trip to Dallas.

Thursday, April 19
Posted by: warriors.com (12:27 p.m.)

Last Night's Arrival Back In Oakland

After clinching a postseason berth with a 120-98 win in Portland on Wednesday night, the Warriors celebrated on the Rose Garden floor and in the lockeroom. But the party didnt stop there, as the team continued to celebrate the good time on the flight back home.

During a normal team flight to Oakland, players are often exhausted after a grueling road trip. Hence, it is quite typical for there not to be a whole lot happening on the teams chartered plane, as several players are just trying to get some sleep.

But that wasnt the case on Wednesday night. Players, coaches and training staff were up and walking around, talking and laughing with one another. The high level of team chemistry has been well-documented in recent weeks, and the festive atmosphere on Wednesdays flight home proved those reports were no exaggeration.

Upon landing at 1 a.m., the team was greeted by local members of the media. KTVU and KRON reporters interviewed several Warriors players, coaches and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin.

As is the case with all parties, this one came to an end. But you can be sure another one will start when the Warriors host the Mavericks on April 27 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Playoffs. Click here to be part of the action.


Thursday, April 19
Posted by: warriors.com (10:32 a.m.)

Road Viewer Party Recap

Warriors fans are consistently recognized as some of the most dedicated fans in the entire NBA ... and for good reason. During the Warriors' recent playoff push, the fans were incredible, coming out to ORACLE Arena every game and helping give the Warriors a true home court advantage. The fans are a big reason why the Warriors finished 30-11 at home this season, including 10-1 over the last two months of the year.

Last night, the fans proved themselves once again, as a huge turnout of devoted followers showed up at ORACLE Arena to watch the Warriors road contest against the Trail Blazers on the center-hung scoreboard.

When the Warriors officially clinched their playoff spot, the fans were able to celebrate all together, feeling right at home inside ORACLE Arena. For these fans, the dedication remains the same, but the wait is over.

If you want to join in some of that same excitement, there are several options on how you can enjoy playoff basketball at ORACLE Arena. As they say....operators are standing by!


Thursday, April 19
Posted by: warriors.com (12:41 a.m.)

WARRIORS CLINCH!!!

What a great feeling! For the fans, for the players, for the coaching staff, for everyone involved with the team.

For the first time in 13 years, the Warriors have clinched a spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. Facing a 'Win and you're in' scenario in Portland on Wednesday, Golden State accepted the challenge and won a 120-98 contest over the Blazers.

Nearly 4,000 fans showed up to ORACLE Arena on Wednesday night to cheer on the Warriors, proving once again just how dedicated the team's fans truly are.

The Warriors First Round series with the Mavericks will begin on Sunday, April 22 in Dallas, with the game being broadcast on TNT.

For complete behind-the-scenes coverage throughout the playoffs, check back to the 2007 Playoff Blog often.

We'll be back with plenty more on Thursday morning.

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Tim Roye Warriors radio broadcaster answers your questions and checks in with behind-the-scenes updates
Bob Fitzgerald Warriors television announcer provides in-depth analysis and updates
Warriors PR Providing a behind-the-scenes look at the Warriors during the playoffs

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