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Warriors, Cavs Stars Say They’re Not Going To White House

(CLEVELAND, Ohio) (AP) – Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.

On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl – a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump and had the White House accusing player who weren’t planning on attending of abandoning their fans – Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles.

”I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cleveland star, said Tuesday of Trump’s decision to cancel. ”I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”

On the eve of Game 3 of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, politics dominated the conversation.

Curry raised Trump’s ire last year when he said he wouldn’t go to the White House, prompting the President to disinvite him and the champion Golden State Warriors.

Curry said Tuesday that he spoke with a current Eagles player about the team’s decision-making process and how it went deeper than disagreeing with Trump policies and the ongoing issue of some NFL players choosing not to stand for the pregame playing of ”The
Star-Spangled Banner.”

”It’s an important conversation, but you can’t control what other people try to do, or try to control the narrative or things like that,” Curry said.

2016 NBA Finals - Game SixCurry said the team has been on the same page after his comments last year and Trump’s subsequent revoking of the Warriors’ invitation. ”And every team that’s won a championship since then has gone through that.”

There has been clear tension between many star athletes and the current administration throughout the Trump presidency. Trump has often blasted the NFL players who have kneeled for the national anthem, a protest that started in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so to raise awareness of racism – more specifically, the killing of black men by police.

Trump said the Eagles’ event was called off because some of their players ”disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our
country.”

No Eagles players kneeled during the anthem last season.”Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military,” the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement posted to social media
Tuesday .LynxThe WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx were not invited to the White House to celebrate their most recent title, something James called ”laughable.” Instead, the Lynx will spend Wednesday giving away new sneakers to more than 300 needy kids in Washington. Villanova, the reigning NCAA men’s champion, has not revealed if an invitation was sent.

Many members of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed earlier this year in South Korea did not attend a White House reception.

Hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball’s Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams. When the New England Patriots went last year, half the team chose not to attend.

The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away.

”I think the President has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who has often criticized Trump and his policies. ”So it’s just the way it is. I think we all look
forward to the day when we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement and celebrate Americans for their achievement, their good deeds.”

Kerr also lauded the Eagles for being what he called ”fantastic citizens in their own community.”

”It will be nice when we can just get back to normal in three years,” Kerr said.

The overwhelming issue surrounding the Eagles’ planned visit was that most of the team was not going to attend, and that was a major factor in Trump deciding to pull the invitation.

”What else do you expect Trump to do?” Golden State’s Kevin Durant said. ”When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them. So the photo op don’t look bad. We get it at this point. But it’s good that guys are sticking to what
they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”

Warriors’ McCaw Leaves On Stretcher After Hard Fall

(Sacramento, CA) – Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. McCaw was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, the team said. It announced late Saturday that a chest X-ray and CT scan came back clear and that McCaw would undergo an MRI.’‘I just hope he’s OK,” a visibly distraught Carter said after McCaw fell. ”I play this game because I love it and enjoy it, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future. You can tell me whatever, it was an accident. … I don’t like to see him sitting there in pain saying he can’t feel his lower half.”

McCaw drove the baseline and went down with a thud at the 41.8-second mark of the third quarter, hit in the lower body by Carter. McCaw lay in agony for about 10 minutes as the arena silenced. Carter, who was given a flagrant-one foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed out to the baseline beneath Golden State’s basket.”Vince is not that type of guy, he’s never been that type of guy,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. ”Freak accidents,things happen. A guy jumps and he didn’t touch him much if you’re as high as you can jump you lose your balance easier. I know that was tough on Vince.”
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Players for both teams eventually came to the floor as McCaw was placed on a stretcher and wheeled away with his neck stabilized. McCaw, who appeared to be trying to dunk, did a scissor kick in the air over Carter’s right shoulder before landing hard on his troublesome back.Kerr swore and was visibly frustrated and hollered ‘‘He knows better,” referring to Carter, before going out to the court to check on his second-year guard.
Carter got close to McCaw and offered some words just before the stretcher was pulled away. The two teams then gathered in a huddle before the game resumed after about a 10-minute delay.”I remember his foot hitting the side of my leg, that’s it,”Carter said. ”I’m not going to sit here and complain about a flagrant when a man can’t feel his legs.”Carter said he approached members of the Warriors after the game and apologized. He appreciated the kind words from the Warriors but couldn’t get his mind off seeing McCaw on the floor.’‘It’s all well and good but still a young man is trying to get his feeling back and that’s my concern,” Carter said. ”Regardless of how it happened, accident, all of the things that they were telling me, you still want to see him OK.”

Warriors Hold Off Hawks, But It Wasn’t Easy

(Atlanta, GA) – Soooo…..Stephen Curry came out the gate throwing daggers and dropping bombs which resulted in a monstrous 25 pt first half for the guard (15 of those points came in the final seven minutes of the second qtr) allowing Golden State to build a sizeable lead (62-50) in the first two quarters.

But, in front of an almost sellout crowd, the Hawks had momentum and were prepared to attack and drive just as hard as the Warriors. Atlanta was so composed, Dennis Schröder even hit a shot two steps from half court. You had to be there :).

That was towards the end of the third and added to offensive drives that would ultimately put the Hawks within 2pts with just seconds left to play. Part of that comeback was due to a Curry-less Warriors team who had to play basically the whole second half without their leader.

Even though he said he wasn’t sure whose foot he stepped on, the tweak was so apparent that he was overruled in the decision to remain in the game and had to sit the rest of it out. IMG_8130-2_previewBut when you’re the defending champs, your roster runs so deep you can afford it. The Warriors got 28 from Kevin Durant, 16 from Nick Young, 15 from Klay Thompson and a game winning play by veteran Andre Iguodala.

However, it didn’t just happen like that. During a game that had all the makings of being a blowout, the Hawks didn’t surrender. You can’t deny the resiliency of this team and when they really start to click on both ends of the court, they’re capable of beating anybody really.

IMG_8257-2_previewWith that being said,  as the game entered its final stretch, the Hawks put some plays together that made the sun come out in the center of darkness. In the final two minutes Atlanta went on a 9-0 run led by none other than Dennis Schröder (27) and Kent Bazemore (29). Just like that the score was 111-109 with 19 seconds left.

Keeping the dream alive, the Hawks would foul Kevin Durant on their next possession resulting with the MVP leaving the line 1-1. 112-109. There’s still hope. But this is Golden State. In the Hawks’ final possession a series of passes left them vulnerable and just enough room for Iguodala to force the turnover to which he finished on the rim in championship dunk fashion and that was it. Final Score 114-109.

 

 

Bradley Beal Apologizes To Team For Getting Into Scrap With Draymond Green

(SL) – The Warriors erased an 18-point second-half deficit and rallied fora 120-117 victory over the Wizards in a game marred by a fight between Golden State’s Draymond Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal. The Warriors missed on 17 of 20 3-point attempts in the first half then lost Green when he and Beal were both ejected after getting into a fight with 19.5 seconds left in the first half.

Golden State erupted for 33 points in the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good on an Andre Iguodala layup with 3:13 to go. Warriors went on to win 120-117

Beal says, “Soon as it happened at halftime I apologized and I apologized again after the game. That’s unacceptable by me, for sure. I’ve got to show better leadership and better control.”

No word yet on if any suspensions will be handed down