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Heisler: Warriors just another contender in loaded West

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first_imgNow, infuriatingly, all the Warriors hear are congratulations on their rare good fortune, a form of condescension, as if patting children who were allowed to stay up past their bedtime — last season — on the head.“I kind of want to just say, I apologize for us being healthy,” said Steph Curry at practice last week.“I apologize for us playing who was in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very truly sorry. We’ll rectify that situation this year.”Steph, of course, is their waif-sized superstar who can joke about it.“It’s like a bitter female,” said Draymond Green, the rough-and-tumble Warrior with the attitude. “Like, you ever dealt with a bitter female that’s just scorned?“God! That’s rough. When you’re dealing with a bitter female that’s scorned, that’s one of the worst things in the world.”Of course, if insults are where you find them, that seems to be everywhere the Warriors look.Take Houston, where newly arrived Ty Lawson noted that Curry “was just chillin’ on defense” in the West Finals victory over the Rockets — which, of course, wouldn’t have happened with Ty there, according to Ty — and James Harden’s continuing insistence he deserved the MVP that went to Curry.With a preseason West Finals replay last week in Oakland, the Rockets left Harden, Lawson, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Jason Terry and Donatas Motiejunas at home.Of course, before everyone decided that they were a bunch of cocky big-talking newcomers, opposing teams said the same thing about the Clippers.What opposing teams really don’t like is that Golden State won, and they didn’t.As for real issues, the Warriors don’t have any, so they don’t figure to be going away.If they were in the East, they could coast in from opening night, but they’re in the West where they’ll have to beat out the reloaded Spurs with LaMarcus Aldridge; the revamped Clippers with Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson; the rehabbed Thunder with Kevin Durant back, the 56-win Rockets, the 55-win Grizzlies and any other teams that put it together.If everything went right a year ago, Steve Kerr, who presided over this miracle as a rookie coach, will miss the preseason following back surgery.With his No. 1 lieutenant, Alvin Gentry, now coaching New Orleans, that puts even less experienced Luke Walton in charge.The Warriors were so impressive in last fall’s preseason, even Rivers, their nemesis, said he knew they had something lasting.This fall they started 1-2 and Green noted, passionately if not arithmetically, “We’ve had three games and I don’t think neither one of them has been us.”It’s just the preseason so no biggie, but the real deal looms when heaven’s gift to last season is just another West contender. All the Warriors accomplished was yesterday, but yesterday’s gone. “You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us or the Spurs.”Not that the Clippers were the Spurs, either, but they did beat them in last spring’s first round.Unfortunately for the Clips, they blew that 19-point lead when they were about to close out the Rockets in six games and went down the drain in Game 7.If the Warriors were a rude shock to the old elite teams, they were also a breath of fresh air, or a gift from heaven.They put on a nightly fireworks show with their deadeye backcourt of the ages, finishing No. 1 in offense at 110 points a game, 3.3 more than the No. 2 Clippers; went 67-15 to win the West by 11 games, then helped draw the highest Finals TV ratings since Michael Jordan’s Bulls while polishing off the wounded Cavaliers in six games. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown, especially in the NBA’s Western Conference, where crowned heads like those of the Warriors are often soon lopped off.Aside from the Spurs and Lakers, no team has come out of the West draw in back-to-back seasons in 20 years.The Lakers, of course, haven’t done it lately and, as people keep telling the Warriors, they’re not the Spurs.As Clippers coach Doc Rivers told Grantland:center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Gunmen rob mother, daughter in front of ECD home

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first_imgA woman and her daughter were left traumatised after they were robbed at gunpoint, moments after reaching their Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara home on Friday. The entire episode was captured by surveillance cameras that surrounded the family’s house.The armed man executing the robbery on FridayReports are the two women had visited a city bank earlier in the day and may have been trailed by the perpetrators in a silver-grey car. The surveillance footage posted by the women on social media showed that within a minute after arriving at home, the car pulled up alongside them and two men exited.The men who were carrying handguns and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs exited and walked towards the parked vehicle belonging to the women. They then relieved the women of an undisclosed sum of cash and escaped in the motorcar that was driven by an accomplice. Persons in the area were in shock and hardly had time to react.The Police are in possession of the surveillance footage as they continue their investigations. Attempts to contact the women proved futile.last_img read more

Retaliation Costa Rica seeks change of venue for World Cup match against

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first_imgNo related posts. Costa Ricans are still bitter over a March World Cup qualifying match that was played in blizzard-like conditions in Colorado. With heavy snow accumulating on the field and temperatures below zero, the TicoSele lost 1-0 in a game that local soccer fans say never should have been allowed to continue. A Costa Rican Soccer Federation appeal to FIFA to have the game annulled was quickly denied.Now, the federation promises to exact revenge by moving an upcoming September rematch to Saprissa Stadium in Tibas, north of the capital. The game originally was scheduled for the much bigger and more modern National Stadium in western San José’s La Sabana Park.Soccer federation president Eduardo Li announced last Wednesday on local radio station Radio ADN (90.7 FM) that he planned to file for the venue change with FIFA.https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG9298.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more