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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Warriors win Game 1

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the Warriors’ win in Game 1 of the playoff series against the LA Clippers. The full text runs below: LOS ANGELES — Draymond Green told himself he could get this guy. This guy was Chris Paul, the Clippers’ All-Star point guard. Only 18.9 seconds remained in the first playoff game between the Warriors and Clippers and Paul had the ball in the Clippers’ front court with the Warriors up by two.… Read More »

Mark Jackson’s problem

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Mark Jackson. The full text runs below: Put aside the euphoria of the Warriors’ excellent season. Put aside they’re in the playoffs the second straight year. Put aside all of that for a moment. Admittedly, it’s a lot to put aside. In a sense, these playoffs are all about coach Mark Jackson’s future. From everything we’ve read, from everything we’ve heard, from the Bat Signal beaming bright over Oakland, we understand… Read More »

Warriors lose to Portland

I keep reading and hearing that Steph Curry made a great decision at the very end of the Warriors’ loss to Portland which knocked the Warriors out of the fifth seed in the West. Was it really a great decision? It never is a great decision when Andre Iguodala takes the final shot. He’s not good enough. Harrison Barnes would have been better. Or, excuse me, how about designing a play for Curry? Curry drove the lane and was guarded… Read More »

Mark Jackson opens up

Here is a link to my Monday column about Mark Jackson. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Here is the Q & A from Mark Jackson’s pregame press conference before the Warriors beat the Jazz 130-102. Jackson has lost two assistant coaches in the past two weeks, the latest Darren Erman for unspecified transgressions, and there is talk about dysfunction on his staff and his job security not being secure. This transcript has a few sentence fragments. Conversation is… Read More »

Another Warriors assistant axed

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the Warriors’ most recent firing of an assistant coach. The full column runs below: Sort of a news flash. The Warriors fired assistant coach Darren Erman. Less of a news flash. I don’t know Darren Erman. Never spoke to him. Never been aware of him. Don’t even remember seeing the guy. Imagine my surprise on Saturday when I read the Warriors fired him. Fired who? But the “who” barely matters. It’s… Read More »

Bad Warriors’ loss

Here is a link to my column from the Warriors’ Sunday loss to the Knicks. The full column runs below: OAKLAND — The Warriors play down to their opposition. If they were playing the earthworm, they’d be playing underground. Sunday night, the Warriors sure played down to the New York Knicks, losing 89-84. How low can you go? They scored, oh gosh, 84 points in their own building. The result? They are currently two games from not making the playoffs… Read More »

Jim Barnett’s last Warriors season

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Barnett. The full text runs below: I write this column with sadness. This is Jim Barnett’s last season as Warriors’ television analyst, his 29th. I should have written this column sooner to honor the man. I have been remiss. From what I have read, from what I hear, Barnett and the Warriors made a mutual decision for Barnett to step away. He soon will turn 70 and that may be… Read More »

Warriors defeat Suns

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Warriors’ win over the Suns. The full text appears below: OAKLAND — It was playoff basketball. That’s how the Warriors approached the Phoenix Suns, in beating them 113-107 on Sunday night. The Warriors played serious basketball. Hard. Relentless. Beautiful basketball. Sure, the Warriors fell behind by 12 points, but it was a mere early phase, like adolescence. The Warriors always were in the game, always were poised to make a… Read More »

Stephen Curry’s ball-handling sins

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Stephen Curry, not a ball handler. The full text runs below: No offense to Stephen Curry, but what’s with that wacky ball handling? Curry is a blue-chip NBA player, a true star. Look, we all know that. He is the Warriors’ best player by a mile, and he is the Warriors’ point guard, and that’s a good thing. Until the fourth quarter when it is a very bad thing. Stephen Curry… Read More »

Heat beat Warriors

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Warriors-Heat game. The full column appears below: OAKLAND The Warriors lost to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night 111-110. The loss was too bad for Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who’s on the hot seat. Well, if it’s not the actual hot seat, it’s a warm seat that’s getting hot real fast. Just the other day, Warriors owner Joe Lacob gave an interview to the San Jose Merc that wasn’t at… Read More »