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Force and Flow in the N.B.A. Finals

Every game involving the Golden State Warriors begins well before the buzzer, with Steph Curry’s liturgical spectacle of a warm-up routine, watched reverently by the fans, media, and arena staff who comprise the point guard’s congregation at the Coliseum. The scene before Game 1 of the N.B.A. …

LeBron James: Warriors' role players have long been key piece

OAKLAND, Calif. -- LeBron James sat down on the bench in the fourth quarter as the game slipped away. He threw up his hands and grimaced in …

Kobe on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson: 'Those guys are stone cold killers'

ESPN’s Cari Champion asked Kobe Bryant which players in the league now have the same killer instinct that he did. The recently retired five-time champ thought about it for a moment, then decided to single out the Warriors duo, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.<p>Kobe said to Champion (at the 4:00 …

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Finals prove long shots have chance of ultimate victory

OAKLAND (Reuters) - The NBA Finals have often been decided by the winners of key battles in areas where both teams excel and with three-pointers proving to be the weapon of choice for this year’s protagonists, fans are braced for a battery of long-range bombs.<p>Golden State Warriors guard Klay …