Author: Brett Pollakoff

Andre Iguodala

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala tries to high-five Cavaliers’ James Jones after Jones blocked his shot (VIDEO)


Andre Iguodala was a surprise starter for the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and after a slow start, the team was rewarded for its decision.

Iguodala led all scorers with nine first-quarter points, and Golden State led 31-24 after the first 12 minutes.

But no player is perfect, and Iguodala was victimized by James Jones of all people in transition, when Jones got the better of him by coming away with a surprisingly athletic blocked shot.

It impressed Iguodala so much that he reached out to slap hands with Jones, but Jones didn’t appear to be interested in accepting the gesture.

LeBron with the ridiculous no-look pass to find Timofey Mozgov for the slam (VIDEO)

Cavaliers Last Practice at Home Before Heading to the NBA Finals

The Warriors changed their starting lineup to go small in Game 4, subbing out Andrew Bogut in favor of Andre Iguodala.

In the game’s first few minutes, the Cavaliers were taking full advantage.

Tristan Thompson was dominating the boards even more than we’ve seen him do to this point of the series, and the Warriors defense was helpless to stop Timofey Mozgov on this play, where LeBron James found him with a ridiculous no-look pass which Mozgov was able to convert for the highlight reel slam.

Report: Knicks to meet with Frank Kaminsky in advance of NBA Draft

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The Knicks have the fourth overall pick in the June 25 NBA Draft, but it’s both a blessing and a curse.

The top three players are widely projected as being predetermined to be selected (in some order): Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell.

After that, there are few if any sure things, and it gets murky pretty fast. Perhaps that’s why New York seems to be taking a good look at a wide variety of prospects, with Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky reportedly up next.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The best player in college basketball, whom some Knicks fans would like to see them trade down in the draft in order to snatch, 7-foot senior Frank Kaminsky, is tentatively scheduled to meet with the club next Tuesday and Wednesday in New York, according to a league source.

Talks are taking place to finalize the visit. Kaminsky, the Naismith College Player of the Year, who led Wisconsin to the NCAA title game, interviewed with Knicks president Phil Jackson last month at the Chicago combine. Kaminsky, pegged at No. 8 to Detroit in a recent mock draft, told Jackson: “I’m 22 years old and I get treated like I’m 65 going into the NBA.’’

Kaminsky wouldn’t need to be selected as high as four if the Knicks decide they’re interested, and given the fact that they’ve looked at guys like Trey Lyles and Cameron Payne, it’s clear New York remains open to trading down if the guys they would need to grab at four are, in the team’s eyes, not impressive enough.

J.R. Smith makes dramatic entrance to Game 4 of NBA Finals (VIDEO)

Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

J.R. Smith is known as being one of the game’s more quirky players, following the beat of his own drum even when others may question what exactly it is he’s doing.

Smith arrived to Game 4 of the NBA Finals in the least conventional way possible, riding a what appears to be a Hovertrax (basically, a Segway with no handles) into the arena, which garnered plenty of interested eyes.

Steve Kerr says Draymond Green is getting treatment for back spasms, should be ready for Game 4

Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

The Warriors have struggled to find their offense against the Cavaliers to this point of the NBA Finals, and the relative disappearance of Draymond Green has been a big reason why.

During the regular season, Green was a reliable safety valve that Golden State could count on to relieve the pressure from its shooters. Green could consistently convert shots inside and out, including from three-point distance.

He’s been dreadful in this series, however, and an ongoing back issue may be to blame for his recent round of troubles.

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Steve Kerr said Draymond Green has back spasms but should be able to play Game 4. He’s getting treatment right now.

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude of CSN:

Draymond Green shared w/ me his back “is locked up at all times- pain w/ explosion, jumping & contact”. Hurt it Game 2, 3rd qtr after fall.

Green is shooting just 4-of-17 from the field over the last two games, both of which were Warriors losses. He’s also 1-of-5 from three-point distance over the same span, but more importantly, he’s not even looking for the ball behind the three-point line as he has all season long, which contributed to a critical late-game turnover as Stephen Curry threw the ball to where Green was supposed to be.

With the way the Cavaliers have tenaciously defended over these first three games, the Warriors need to find additional sources of offense. It’s why you saw much less Harrison Barnes in Game 3, and why David Lee finally found his way off of the end of the bench to score 11 points in just over 13 minutes.

But Green is there for his defense first, and since the Warriors can’t afford too much slippage on that end of the floor as they look for new ways to get the offense on track, if he’s healthy enough to go in Game 4, expect Green to play something resembling his normal allotment of minutes.