Tormented and outraged, Warriors' Steve Kerr makes the strongest statement of Game 4

What Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said about the Texas school shooting (Author: Gardener)

Steve KerrDALLAS — Early in the third quarter, Game 4 between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks was delayed about 15 minutes by a leaking roof. Yes, a rain delay in an NBA game. Which might have been the way of a higher power to say that maybe a basketball game shouldn't be played a few hours and a few hundred miles away from where 19 elementary school kids were massacred in their classrooms. We have a minute's silence. And reach a basketball game. The unspeakable tragedy in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday afternoon cast a dark shadow across the nation, including what was happening at the American Airlines Center. But of course that didn't stop the game from taking place. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said as far as he was aware there was no discussion about delaying the Western Conference Finals. For the record, the Warriors fell well behind the Mavericks in the third quarter after the rain delay, and instead of chasing the game, Kerr began pulling starters and thinking about Thursday's Game 5 at home. An inspirational rally in benchers in the fourth quarter wasn't enough. But Kerr had already made a statement far more powerful than anything that can be said on the basketball court. During his pre-game media availability, Kerr asked no questions. Didn't talk about basketball. Instead, he made an impassioned, outraged statement about our leaders' impotence to protect us from assassination, a statement that was shared over a million times within hours. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks emotionally about the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed at least 14 children. “In the last 10 days, older black people have been killed in Buffalo, Asian churchgoers in Southern California. And now we have kids who were murdered at school," Kerr said, voice shaking with emotion. "I'm so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I'm sorry - I'm tired of the moments of silence. It was a basketball coach's genuine outrage, the most furious, raw emotion we've seen coming from behind a microphone. "Think of your own child or grandchild or your mother or father, your sister, your brother," Kerr pleaded. "How would you feel if this happened to you today? We can't sit here and just read about this and say, “Well, let's have a moment of silence. Kerr doesn't have to wonder how it would feel. When he was a freshman, his father, Malcolm, was murdered outside his office at the American University of Beirut by two gunmen and shot twice in the back of the head. Kerr has spent his life campaigning for gun control. Malcolm Kerr was murdered by terrorists. His son witnessed a dizzying avalanche of domestic terrorism, with American citizens massacred in their homes, schools, shops, movie theaters, and the political powers-that-be shrugged at the slaughter. Since becoming the Warriors coach, Kerr has used his massive platform to call out politicians who support and encourage gun violence by fighting against any form of controls or restrictions. On Tuesday, he called out the 50 US senators who will not allow a vote on House Resolution 8, the background check bill that the House of Representatives has passed but on which the Senate refuses to vote at all, despite polls showing overwhelming support American. Kerr's outrage was powerful, and it came in an open-carry state that's due to host the NRA conference later this week in Houston, whose governor is urging Texans to buy more and more guns, who have been pushing for restrictions and controls like that to relax as much as possible, including allowing 18-year-olds to buy guns. The Robb Elementary School killer was 18 and reportedly bought two automatic guns for his birthday. Everyone knew that on Tuesday it didn't matter who won Game 4. Stephen Curry tweeted the video with Kerr's words ahead of the game, saying: "Watch this as many times as you watch the game tonight...". "I appreciate his leadership," Curry said. "It was all the rage... it was hard to stay focused, go out and play basketball. I send her to school every day. "Every word he said was powerful, meaningful. I accept the challenge of finding a way to use my voice and my platform to hopefully make a difference.” The Warriors' locker room was quiet before the game. Curry walked up to Kerr, looked him in the eye, and nodded. The players thought of their loved ones. How do you prepare to play a basketball game after such scares? "The balance is difficult," Curry said. You use your routine to get ready. Obviously your mind is wandering. We can get lost in a basketball game for two and a half hours.” “The shock and the sadness, the anger is there for all the guys,” Kerr said, “and I'm sure everyone in the building.” During the silence, Kerr stood with them head down on the pitch. "I just tried to calm down and coach the team," he said. "Hard day for everyone." I mean, I don't even know how to express the sadness these families are feeling right now. However, Kerr can fathom it. His pain and outrage are just and necessary.


Luka Doncic believes Mavericks still have a chance against Warriors

After winning Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks are now 3-1 down to the Golden State Warriors. (Author: Gardener)

Luka DoncicAfter winning Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks are now 3-1 down to the Golden State Warriors. Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said so early in the 2022 NBA Playoffs when his Raptors team came down 3-0 in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers. Even with Nurse and the Raptors eliminated from the playoffs, that mindset lives on in the Western Conference Finals as the Dallas Mavericks now trail the Golden State Warriors 3-1 after winning Game 4 on their home court. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks definitely face an uphill battle if they're to keep their hopes of reaching the NBA Finals alive, but Doncic remains optimistic and firmly believes that streak isn't quite over yet. No team in NBA history has ever come from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. Could the Dallas Mavericks' No. 147 team find other luck? "I mean, I still think we can win, you know," Doncic said after Game 4 on Tuesday night. No matter how many we win. Going down in series and being under pressure in the playoffs is nothing new for the Mavericks, as they drew 2-2 with the Utah Jazz in their first-round series and even went 2-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals : 0 behind the Phoenix Suns. A 3-0 deficit is a different story altogether, but the Mavericks played well in Game 4, shooting 20:43 (46.5%) from three-point range and passing the Warriors for the first time in the series. With 30 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in Game 4, Luka Doncic has continued to make a huge impression for the Dallas Mavericks, and with contributions from everyone around him, the Mavericks have some confidence going into the game 5 on the street Thursday. "Everyone in this locker room feels like we can play more basketball," said Mavs forward Dorian Finney-Smith. "We just wanted to win by any means necessary." The Golden State Warriors are a championship-level team, but they've had their own flaws in recent postseasons. In 2016, they became the first team in NBA history to lose from a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, and are now 3-1 ahead of the Dallas Mavericks. Given their intermittent offensive struggles and turning the ball around, the Warriors can be vulnerable, which could play right into the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, a premier defensive team in this league. Should they be able to win Game 5 against the Warriors, that series will suddenly drop 3-2 in Golden State's favor with Game 6 being played in Dallas, a prime opportunity for the Mavs to potentially equalize that series and a cheat to force Game 7. Whether or not that Game 4 win was just a "last try" by the Mavericks will be seen when Game 5 is played Thursday night in San Francisco. * Complete 2022 NBA Playoff Schedule, Results, Seasons, TV, Scoring: Fastbreak on FanNation updates the results and schedule for every 2022 NBA Playoff game. * 3 things we learned from Game 4 of the Warriors-Mavericks Western Conference Finals on Tuesday: The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-109 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday to keep their streak alive, though the Warriors still lead at 3-1.


3 things we learned from Game 4 of Tuesday's Warriors-Mavericks Western Conference Finals

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-109 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday to keep their streak alive, although the Warriors still lead 3-1. (Author: Gardener)

Game 4 of Tuesday'sThe Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-109 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday to keep their streak alive, although the Warriors still lead 3-1. Wanting to avoid being completely embarrassed in the Western Conference Finals, the Dallas Mavericks played one of their best offensive games of the entire year against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night in Game 4. Not only did Luka Doncic lead with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists, but the Mavericks also shot from deep from three-point range at 20:43 (46.5%). The question of all series has long revolved around the Mavericks' secondary talents and whether they could give Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie the help they needed to beat Golden State, especially as those three combined for 86 points in Game 3, only to lose to the Warriors by nine points. Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber all made an appearance on Tuesday, giving Dallas exactly what they needed to win at least one game in this series. As for the Warriors, they could have done a lot better both offensively and defensively, but at the end of the day you have to applaud the Mavericks for their shooting. It may not sound difficult, but it's difficult to get 20 three-pointers in a single game as a team, and in the Western Conference Finals, which is no less eliminated, it was quite the answer for Dallas. The Warriors still lead that series 3-1 and return to San Francisco for Game 5 on Thursday, but could Game 4 be just what the Mavericks needed? After all, Dallas came from behind in the last two playoff series, so they definitely have the ability to win the next game against Golden State and suddenly make this series interesting. Dallas' three-point shooting had been held in check for most of that series through Game 4. With their backs to the wall and really nothing to lose, the Mavericks kept it flying from three-point range all game, and the basketball gods were with them on this one. With 20 of their 43 shots from deep, the Mavericks couldn't miss in that one from three-point range and in Game 4 they were +30 from deep. All day the skies opened up over Dallas and the US The city was on flood watch. Around the start of the second half of that game, play was quickly halted by officials and arena staff as there appeared to be a fairly decent sized leak near the Warriors bench that extended into the court itself. The start of the second half was delayed by almost 20 minutes as the roof leak was stopped and the arena crew mopped up the floor to make sure nobody got hurt. The Mavericks and the skies over Dallas rained Tuesday night and not only did we learn that this team lives and dies from the three-point shot, but also that Mavs owner Mark Cuban has some work to do on his arena's roof over the summer! We see "wedgies" all the time in basketball when the ball gets stuck between the rim and the back wall, but something you rarely see is the ball just stopping on the back of the rim and not moving an inch. One of the most unlikely things happened in Game 4 on Tuesday night when Draymond Green not only balanced the ball on the back of the rim but did the same on a free throw attempt! In the past we've seen this on some three point shots continuously hitting the back of the rim and layup attempts, but I think this is the first time I've seen the ball balanced on a free throw! The NBA never ceases to amaze, and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals saw many people see something new for the first time when they watched basketball. At the end of the day, Game 4 of this Western Conference Finals series boils down to two things. The first is that Dallas had nothing to lose, and the second is that the Mavericks wanted to do whatever they could to not embarrass themselves in this Conference Finals series. Reaching either the Eastern or Western Conference Finals is a very difficult thing, especially in today's NBA, and while the Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns to get here, none of that would have mattered if they were swept would be. Dallas is a really good basketball team and they have every right to be where they are in the postseason. Unfortunately, the Warriors are just a better team than them and will very likely end that streak in Game 5. Giving your fans one last thing to cherish and celebrate from this season means everything and winning Game 4 was just a proud thing for the Mavericks at that point. Of course there's a sense of conviction in this organization now and the coaching staff wholeheartedly believe their boys can come back to fight the Warriors, but based on the Mavericks' body language; Players in that game and the way they collapsed in the fourth quarter, it's clear to see that this was a one-and-done mentality for Dallas. Maybe I'm wrong and Dallas will shock the NBA world by winning Game 5, but at this point in the playoffs, experience and depth count. The Warriors have both, plus the best home field advantage in the playoffs with a berth in the NBA Finals on the Game 5 line. * 3 Things We Learned from the Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 On Monday: The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 102-82 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday to level that streak 2-2 and return to Miami for Game 5.


Epic comeback? The Warriors need not worry after their Game 4 loss

The Dallas Mavericks deserved to win Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, but a win doesn't change the bottom line of this series. (Author: Gardener)

Game 4This isn't even a series. Don't get me wrong, the Dallas Mavericks deservedly won Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in Dallas on Tuesday night. But the Warriors will take Dallas down in due course. Another game, maybe two, and the Warriors are back in the NBA Finals. Dallas needed an effort Tuesday night that was equal parts inspiration and throwback. The Mavericks made 20 3-pointers in the contest -- 10 more than the Warriors. And yet Dallas won by just 10 points. No code was cracked in Game 4. The adjustments the Mavericks have made have been positive, but they're not the kind of changes that can seriously transform this series. The Warriors have made a lot of history over the past eight years. There's a reason this series went into Game 4 with 3-0 Warriors. There's a reason Dallas won't do what 146 NBA teams before them couldn't and come back from a 3-0 postseason deficit: The Warriors are the better team. And in a weird way, they proved it again last night with a loss. The truth is so often sidelined, and it's telling that the Warriors' bench was able to force the Mavericks' starters back into contention to finish the game. Golden State loses focus with shocking ease. It could well prove to be the reason they don't win the NBA title this year. For some reason, the Warriors forgot that they had to attack the basket on offense in Game 4. And their defensive efforts were flagging at best. Warriors coach Steve Kerr also has to cope with this defeat. The Mavericks beat the Warriors' much-used zone defense on Tuesday by overloading one side of the court. It took Golden State too long to adjust. When the adjustment came (and Dallas took their foot off the accelerator, too), the Warriors made a contest out of it. That's the fun of the postseason, though. Watching the same team every night and not needing to focus on anything else allows you to delve deep into the playbook and, in some cases, the rich history of basketball. "They're going to be playing Zone for most of the game, so if they don't do three-pointers, that's going to be a problem for them," said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. He called the zone a "compliment" from the Warriors. Golden State's motto is simple, tried and true: Don't let the best beat you. At the end of the day, playoff series is all about temperament and talent, and as my wife remarked on last night's tipoff, "That's all Dallas has? Like the Cavaliers, Rockets, and Blazers in past Warriors postseasons, the Mavericks aren't a particularly strong 3-point shooting team. In that series, the Mavs are taking 45 3-pointers per game — 43 percent more than the Warriors. They hit a third of those 3-pointers going into Game 4. This is the break-even point for viability of the shot. But Golden State knows it takes more than the 3-point shot to play for the NBA title. The Mavericks have gotten clean looks from beyond the arc in all series. Some of that is their offense and the power of Luka Dončić. Part of this is the Warriors' defensive strategy. And sometimes the shots are fired. But for Dallas, they're eliminated in one game out of four. Three quarters of a game, really. This confirms the warrior model. Unless Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith, 39 percent of the shooters from beyond the arc going into Game 4 and 36 percent of the shooters in the series before Tuesday, 58 percent of their 3-pointers (like they did in Game 4 done) The next three games in a row Dallas will lose to the Warriors, probably Thursday at the Chase Center.


Mavs avoid sweeping against Warriors on emotional day in Dallas

The Mavericks avoided elimination against Golden State, but the focus wasn't just basketball for either team. (Author: Gardener)

MavsDALLAS — In the first three games of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors thoroughly won the defensive struggle against the Mavericks. Through a combination of looks that included a hedge-and-recovery man scheme, some switching, some box-and-one, and lots of zone, Golden State held Dallas at an offensive rating of 106.3 from games 1-3 , to Elite brand. Leave it to Mavs coach Jason Kidd to turn those plans into positives: Dallas was finally able to capitalize on the Warriors on Tuesday and book their first win of the series as the Dubs still go 3-1 back at bay. The Mavs' 119-109 win in Game 4 rested on the strength of their outside shooting when their threes finally started dripping like rain through the leaking roof of the Dallas arena. After shooting just 32.6% on threes in the first three contests, the Mavs tied 20 of 43 on Tuesday night, good for 46.5%. As an example of just how powerful the turn was, Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith shot together 2-of-12 from deep in Game 3. As Finney-Smith put it after the game, "If we were going to lose today, I wanted to go shooting." The attention paid to Luka Dončić often draws outside looks to the Mavs' supporting cast. The Warriors were generally reluctant to give Luka the switches he wanted this series, and that reluctance, along with the inclusion of zone looks, can put defenses in constant rotations. In their postseason wins, the Mavs are shooting 40.8% to 42 three-pointers per game. In their losses, they shoot just 33.7% on 40.8 attempts per game. Of all the teams remaining in the playoffs, Dallas has the best three-point win percentage as well as the highest number of attempts per game. After the game, Steve Kerr lamented his team's performance, saying they were not alert or defensively sharp. Golden State has mixed in so much coverage that assistant coach Mike Brown yells off the bench and yells duties for much of the game while Dallas gets the ball on the floor. At the other end of the floor, Golden State seemed lethargic. The Warriors couldn't build much offense into the fourth quarter. The Dubs were as much as 29 points behind in the second half until a bench unit cut the lead to just eight points in the fourth quarter. The end result made the game look more competitive than it was. The Mavs had obviously taken their foot off the gas, and when the Golden State starters checked back in with just minutes to go, they never seriously threatened to make things interesting. More importantly, of course, the game took place just hours after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, just over 350 miles from the arena. Kidd read out a prepared statement and declined to answer a basketball question. He said he was unable to keep his voice down given the circumstances as he tried to collect his thoughts. After Kidd, Kerr delivered an impassioned speech that lasted nearly three minutes. I'm so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I'm so sick of the excuses. I'm tired of the moments of silence. Enough," Kerr said, adding, "To all the senators who refuse to do anything about the violence in school and supermarket shootings, I ask you, 'Are you going to put your own desire for power over the lives of our children? our elderly and our churchgoers?' Because that's the way it looks.” Kerr, his emotions palpable, called the lack of action “pathetic” before saying, “I've had enough” and quickly exiting his press conference. Stephen Curry said after the game he appreciated Kerr's leadership, adding that shooting was "all the talk of the moment he came into the game". Sharing Kerr's pre-tip speech on his Twitter account, he wrote, "Watch this as many times as you watch the game tonight." Perhaps the most impactful thing that happened on the pitch on Tuesday happened nearly an hour after the game, when there was no one left in the stands: Draymond Green, beaming as he walked with his family through the middle of the mostly empty gymnasium, his children on either side.


Warriors coach Steve Kerr emotionally pleads for action after Texas shooting

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr disregarded basketball and passionately pleaded for government action in response to an elementary school shooting that killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas. (Author: Gardener)

Steve KerrGolden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called on lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws during his pre-game press conference Tuesday in Dallas. May 25 (UPI) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr disregarded basketball and passionately pleaded for government action in response to an elementary school shooting that killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas. Kerr spoke about the shooting during his pregame press conference Tuesday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The shooting happened just hours before Kerr met with reporters about 350 miles from the Robb Elementary School crime scene. "Basketball issues don't matter," Kerr said ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. "Since we stopped shooting [in the morning], 14 children and a teacher have been killed 400 miles from here." The death toll was later updated. “In the last 10 days we have been killing elderly black people in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. We killed Asian churchgoers in southern California. Now we have children who were murdered at school. I'm so tired of getting up here and sending my condolences to the devastated families out there. I'm so sick of the moments of silence. Kerr also urged senators to vote in favor of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (H. The bill, which would require background checks for all commercial arms sales, did not go to a vote in the Senate. Kerr's late father, the former president of the American University of Beirut, Malcolm H. Kerr was assassinated by a gunman on Jan. 18, 1984 in Beirut, Lebanon. "The 50 senators at the moment who are refusing to vote on H. to stay in power," Kerr told Supermarket Shootings : Want to put your own thirst for power at the forefront of the lives of children, our elderly, churchgoers? Kerr also urged listeners to think of family members, saying Americans "can't go deaf" to the tragedies because of their frequency related to guns.The Dallas Mavericks beat the Warriors 119-109 in Dallas on Tuesday.Many athletes, including LeBron James, and other sports teams and leagues in the United States also addressed the shooting with social media posts. Warriors guard Stephen Curry shared a video of Kerr's message on Twitter ahead of the game, urging fans to watch the video as they watched the game. "I have kids," Curry said at his post-game press conference. "I send them to school every day and pick them up again. "For the coach to come and say what he said. Every word he said was powerful and meaningful. Kerr also addressed the shooting in his post-game press conference. He said the dressing room was quiet and it was difficult to see through it. He said the Warriors players were angry but had to "accept" that they had to go out and play a game. Kerr previously used his platform to speak about the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. He also spoke about the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting in which a gunman killed 61 people at a music festival.


We have parity in the NBA playoffs, and let's face it, that'll make you miss out on the Warriors in 2017

For those who were fed up with the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James winning all the time, you finally have what you wanted in the NBA: parity. Before the playoffs, there were at least six teams that had a legitimate shot at winning the championship. But one question: was it fun? (Author: Gardener)

NBAMany series in the NBA playoffs, including the Miami-Boston matchup. For those who were fed up with the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James winning all the time, you finally have what you wanted in the NBA: parity. Before the playoffs, there were at least six teams that had a legitimate shot at winning the championship. Such parity is unusual in the NBA, as basketball usually sees talent prevail, especially in a best-of-seven series. In football, a quarterback has the greatest impact of any player on the field, but they're still only on the field about half the game. A great running back touches the ball 35 times at most in a 60-play game, and it's a great day for a wide receiver when he's targeted 14 times. Aaron Donald -- the NFL's top defensive back -- is surrounded by three people taller than him for most of the game. For the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler leads them in scoring on one end of the floor and acting like a construction worker with a stop sign on the other. That's why Jayson Tatum influences a game in a way Mike Trout never will, and an MLB best-of-seven win is a lot more of a crapshoot than one in the NBA. There were so many great players in these NBA playoffs, but many are on teams with incomplete rosters. Combine that with an injury and what has come with that parity wasn't a series of games decided by possession with a few seconds remaining. It was mostly blowouts, especially since the Game 7s of Round 2 - neither of which were closely contested. The Dallas Mavericks have gone four straight games without a win or loss under 25 points in these playoffs. The Boston Celtics won Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks by 28 points, with two overwhelming victories in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. However, the series is 2-2, and the Celtics are down by 20 points or more in both losses. Take Game 4 on Sunday night, 102-82, the Celtics' win that might as well have been by 100 points as the Heat was not in contention at any point. A graphic appeared during the game explaining that it was the longest time without a field goal in a playoff game since 2009. Such a historically lazy offensive performance came from a side that had scored 39 points in the previous game 48 hours earlier in the first quarter. The Mavericks' postseason run relied almost entirely on 3-point shooting. In the final two games of their second-round win over the Phoenix Suns, they made 35 total 3s as a team and shot more than 40 percent from the arc. In two of the Mavericks' three losses to the Warriors, they shot under 30 percent from the 3-point line. 3-0 to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, they made 20 3s in Game 4 with a 46.5 percent clip to add another game to the streak. Before that, they shot 32.6 percent of 3 for the series. During the Heat's second-round win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the biggest difference was in the games the 76ers won, barring Joel Embiid, who missed the first two games after suffering a concussion in the previous round and his face was broken in a blowout, 3-point shooting. A team not known for their long-range threats scored 48.5 percent from 3 hits in consecutive games. The Heat, one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the league, shot under 25 percent in consecutive games from there. Thank goodness for the Warriors streak against the Grizzlies, and that includes the unfortunate three games Ja Morant missed, as well as six of the seven Bucks-Celtics games. Without those, these playoffs would not have been worth watching once Jose Alvarado stopped bothering Chris Paul and the Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves stopped playing a series where there was no logical basketball. Also, the Celtics probably won't even be in the conference finals without the Bucks' second All-Star, Khris Middleton, getting injured the previous round, or if the Bucks get a better seed without Brook Lopez being injured for most of the season is missing . This is what parity looks like in the NBA. Games instead turn into 3-point contests or foul parties when the officials decide to become the stars of the show or a team takes their talent away from MonStared for a night. Many of the stars in the league are very young right now, so hopefully teams like the Grizzlies and Mavericks can make it big with some good management decisions. And hopefully for a team that could have been as great as the Bucks, injuries won't decide their fate.


Doncic, Mavs use Hot Shooting to stay alive against Warriors

The Dallas Mavericks got hot from a 3-point range in their Game 4 win over the Golden State Warriors (Author: Gardener)

The Dallas MavericksFaced with the possibility of a series sweep in Game 4, the Dallas Mavericks managed to stay alive with a 119-109 win over the Golden State Warriors. In the first half, it was a balanced performance for the Mavericks, leading them 62-47. The team shot 11-23 (47.8 percent) from beyond the arc, although Luka Doncic was 1-5 (20.0 percent) on his attempts. It was an encouraging start for a team that shot from deep in Game 4 13-45 (28.9 percent). "I think we have a lot of guns," Doncic said. "If they shoot, I think it's difficult to beat us. But whether they're shooting or not, you know, I think they affect the game differently even without stats. I think these guys are the key to our wins. During the first half, the Mavericks' defense kept the Warriors on just 3-16 (18.8 percent) shots from the touchline and limited them to three offensive rebounds. Stephen Curry scored an efficient 15 points in the half, but the rest by Golden State offense was contained to 32 points with 12-33 (36.4 percent) overall and 1-14 (7.1 percent) from depth. "It was almost like an ego win (for Dallas), so that confidence started early," said Curry Defensively, the Mavericks attacked Curry more balanced in attack to keep the rest of the rotation as much as possible. In contrast plus there was more possession that resulted in harder short-range shots for the Warriors' complementary talents to play finishing touches and putbacks easily. But it takes all five guys," said Dorian Finney-Smith. "Sometimes it's hard to come back and recover when you've got guys like Steph Curry in the half court and Klay in the half court. I really don't want to run all the way back and help with the rebound, but we have to do it if we want to win ." The Mavericks' momentum continued after halftime, largely because Finney-Smith knocked down several open 3s. They forced a 9:24 timeout from the Warriors in the third quarter and built a 72-50 lead. The Mavericks didn't stop converting 3s, leading by as much as 29. The Warriors' defensive approach against Doncic remained similar in terms of frequent use of hedge-and-recovery on ball screens and overloading the strong side. Golden State's main bet is that perimeter jumpers don't fall so hard that Dallas makes them pay. "We felt like we looked great the whole time," said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. It's about taking pictures. The biggest compliment we got is that they have to play zone because they can't play us one on one, right? You win the series. But we think if we can keep going we'll keep getting the shots we got, if we do them it puts pressure on them. 20 within the frame. A 29-point deficit with just 12 minutes remaining was clearly too much to overcome, but they eventually cut it down to single digits, forcing Kidd to put all his starters back in play in a 13th -Points play with around four minutes remaining, the Warriors didn't bring their starters back until their bench reduced the deficit to 110-102 with 3:22. However, Dallas managed to stay the course to secure a key key win to win: 20-43 (46.5 percent) shooting in 3 seconds and allowing only six offensive rebounds tops the list. It also didn't hurt that Luka Doncic had 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for the value role players making open shots was evident. Prior to Game 4, the Mavericks had produced a more efficient shot profile in each of the previous three games in the series. Can they keep taking open shots? "We believe it's always just a game," Kidd said. We found a way to win. The next part is to find a way to win on the street. “We know going to the Golden State is difficult, but we've won there before. We just have to keep taking care of the ball and taking shots.”


Warriors' Steve Kerr makes passionate appeal to lawmakers after Texas elementary school shooting

Coach Steve Kerr made another emotional plea for gun control after 14 children and a teacher were shot dead at a Texas elementary school Tuesday just hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. (Author: Gardener)

TexasDALLAS -- Coach Steve Kerr, one of the NBA's leading voices on social issues, made another emotional plea for gun control after 14 children and a teacher were shot dead at a Texas elementary school just hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday had been. Kerr said he was "fed up" after the latest mass shooting, which took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 350 miles south of Dallas. And the Warriors coach targeted politicians who refused to pass bipartisan legislation that would make background checks mandatory for all gun sales. "They're not going to vote on this because they want to hold on to their own power," Kerr said. The devastating news hits Kerr, who lost his own father at gunpoint, near home. Malcolm Kerr, university professor and president of the American University of Beirut, was fatally shot outside his office in Lebanon on January 18, 1984, when Steve was 18 years old. "I'm not going to talk about basketball. Nothing has happened to our team in the last six hours. We're going to start the same way tonight. "Since we stopped shooting, 14 children and a teacher have been killed 400 miles from here. In the last 10 days we've killed elderly black people in a supermarket in Buffalo, we've killed Asian churchgoers in Southern California, now we have children murdered at school. "When do we do what? I'm so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I'm so tired. I'm so tired. I am sorry. I'm tired of the moments of silence. “Right now there are 50 senators who are refusing to vote on HR8, which is a background check rule the House passed a few years ago. It has been there for two years. There's a reason they won't vote on this: to stay in power. "I'm asking you, Mitch McConnell, all the senators who refuse to do anything about the violence, the school shootings and the supermarket shootings, I'm asking you: will you put your own desire for power over the lives of ours and our children?" Elderly and our churchgoers? Because that's what it looks like. We do that every week. "Well, I'm fed up. We're going to play the game tonight. We can't sit here and just read about this and go, well, let's have a moment of silence. We will do that. We're going to play a basketball game. "Fifty senators in Washington will hold us hostage. Do you realize that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks? We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who are refusing even to vote on it, despite what we, the American people, want. “They won't vote on this because they want to hold on to their own power. It's pathetic.


The Warriors' late push in Game 4 could pay off down the line

The late game from Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody gave the Warriors a chance in Game 4 and should build serious confidence for Game 5 and beyond. (Author: Gardener)

Game 4And they didn't deserve to win the competition either. They also didn't deserve to be won against the Dallas Mavericks in this series of Western Conference Finals. But the Warriors did something at the end of a blowout game that could prove prescient for the rest of this series, the NBA Finals, and the years of Warriors basketball to come: Jordan Poole is 22 years old. Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are 19-year-old rookies. Those three youngins, along with Nemanja Bjelica and Damion Lee, outscored the Mavericks - who had led by as much as 29 points in the second half - by 21 points in their eight-and-a-half minutes of play to start the fourth quarter. They cut the 3:22 lead to eight to play fourth. But Poole and the gang turned an easy, overwhelming win for the Mavericks into a game that required Dallas to put their starters back in the middle of the frame. The Warriors' kids played so well that Golden State used their starters again. Warriors coach Steve Kerr returned to his starters after Kuminga's 3-pointer led to a single-digit game. It was a questionable decision - why move away from the players who turned a blowout contest into a game the Warriors could win? But Kerr said the decision to rejoin Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins was predetermined. And I looked at the other coaches, I looked at Steph, and we just decided if it was manageable and possible, then let's do it," Kerr said. "[It] felt like we had one more shot with ... three and a half minutes when we put in Steph and Wiggs and Klay. I also felt like maybe the group that played that great run in the fourth quarter was getting a little tired there. And so we just made the decision to see if we could pull off a miracle.” But while it's not a win in the box, it's undoubtedly a not-so-small win in a game where the Warriors didn't have many . The Warriors kept playing - and kept shooting (12 of 15 during minutes of blowout session) - and the Mavericks went cold. Well, that says something about the Warriors and their young, inexperienced players. Poole didn't play well in those Western Conference Finals. He drives 1,000 mph and his lack of physical strength proves problematic on both offense and defense against Dallas point guard Luka Dončić and Jalen Brunson. I don't know if those facts were overshadowed by his fourth-quarter play against an alert Mavericks team, but success certainly doesn't hurt. Poole will be crucial for the Warriors ending this streak. He doesn't have to be perfect, but at least better than in the last two games. I've long called Poole a vibes player. Maybe it's his age. Maybe it's a Gen Z thing. Maybe it's just his playstyle - he's mixed and prone to moodiness. Well, Tuesday's fourth-quarter upbeat sentiment could prove extremely fruitful as we progress into Game 5 -- particularly in the NBA Finals, where Poole's influence is needed even more, especially when the Warriors take on the Boston Celtics, a nightmare -Matchup. Kuminga and Moody were even better than Poole in the fourth quarter. But wasn't it telling that both players looked capable as the possibility of a legendary comeback - no matter how minor - surfaced. Meanwhile, the Warriors still have something to take from the late-game surge: No, the Warriors won't be shooting 12-for-15 off the floor this postseason -- if at all -- but instead the five-out margin we saw in the fourth Quarter created clean looks on just subtle movement. For Poole and Moody - two players who will no doubt be part of the second unit in Game 5 - that's something to consider. For Bjelica and Lee, who could join this duo with minutes of rotation on Thursday, it's something to remember. You know the Mavericks will remember. And even though Dallas won the game, the positive energy of the win was almost completely wiped out by the late-game collapse. The Warriors will somehow, somehow, enter Game 5 with at least a modicum of momentum despite the loss. And surprises like this keep popping up in the postseason.