Ron Agostini

The Splash Brothers are woozy, but they’re in the Finals

Former Warriors coach Al Attles celebrates with Stephen Curry on Wednesday after the team clinched its first NBA Finals appearance since Attles led the team there in 1975.
Former Warriors coach Al Attles celebrates with Stephen Curry on Wednesday after the team clinched its first NBA Finals appearance since Attles led the team there in 1975. The Associated Press

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▪ The Golden State Warriors are favored in the NBA Finals, even with the Splash Brothers a little woozy.

▪ Steph Curry’s elbow is hurting, and so is his shooting percentage. Klay Thompson was bleeding from his ear and later diagnosed with a concussion. Remember what they used to say? “Just throw some water on it. We’ll be fine!”

▪ One of the best looks from clinch night was Al Attles, the Warriors’ coach in 1975, joining the celebration.

▪ Good for the Warriors to cash in when the time is right. Not all great teams reach the Finals. Example: The 2002 Sacramento Kings.

▪ The Warriors play for the championship for the first time in 40 years, an NBA record. All that’s required to be a Warrior fan is patience. A lot of patience.

▪ Example: It’s been 18 head coaches and 26 losing seasons between Finals appearances.

▪ Unless you think enduring the Joe Barry Carroll, Todd Fuller and Patrick O’Bryant years was easy.

▪ Indisputable: The Oklahoma City Thunder’s refusal to pay James Harden cost them at least one NBA title and, eventually, Scott Brooks’ job.

▪ Talent always trumps character in the NFL, which made the Chicago Bears’ quick release of Ray McDonald extra newsworthy.

▪ The Bears, unlike the 49ers, didn’t mess around with “due process” talk with McDonald. But, as readers noted, they signed him.

▪ McDonald has been arrested five times over the last year. Bottom line: He needs help.

▪ More brutal news for the Athletics: Game-deciding hits over the past week by Addison Russell, Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes (Cespedes’ home run against the A’s!).

▪ On the better side: A welcome back to the press box for longtime announcer Ken Korach. He’s been missed.

▪ The Giants, facing an upcoming surplus of starters, may tinker with an idea whose time has come: a six-man rotation.

▪ Today’s player development mandates 12-month ballplayers (and pitchers). Which might explain all those ACLs, pitch counts and early breakdowns.

▪ He does something amazing nearly every day: Rockies third baseman (and former Modesto Nuts star) Nolan Arenado.

▪ The Legends West at Diablo Grande has gone to seed. Stevinson Ranch will close in July. Please, someone tell me it’s a nightmare.

▪ The demise of Stevinson’s Ranch is making headlines around the country and beyond. The course was that good.

▪ Stevinson Ranch opened before the breakthrough in golf technology. Never thought anyone could shoot 59 on it – until Matt Hansen (Atwater, Pacific, PGA Tour).

▪ The last time the Warriors won an NBA championship, the No. 1 hit in the country was “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire.

▪ Earlier in May 1975, while the Warriors swept the Bullets, No. 1 was “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)” by Tony Orlando and Dawn.

▪ Rick Barry drove a Datsun 240Z (at least early that season).

▪ And their announcer was Bill King. No one today comes close.

▪ Wonder if fans 40 years from now will muse about Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Nick Jonas and Mark Ronson.

▪ All seasoned Warrior fans know this: The most incredible victory wasn’t the sweep over the Bullets (though the Warriors were supposed to be swept). It was the pulsating seven-game Western Conference finals win over the Chicago Bulls.

▪ King, as Barry willed himself out of a shooting slump to lead the comeback in Game 7: “I think the roof just blew off the Oakland Coliseum Arena!”

▪ Yes, millennials, the Coliseum was loud back in the day.

▪ LeBron James vs. the Splash Brothers: Let it begin.