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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

How to stop Stephen Curry, or not

Here is an early link to my Thursday column. I was assigned to write a column on how a defense might handle Stephen Curry. Forget about actually stopping him. Phil Barber is writing a companion piece about handing LeBron James. The full text of my column runs below: Beat the hell out of Stephen Curry. That’s the considered opinion around the NBA. If you want to handle Curry, if you want to slow him down, knock his brains out. Call… Read More »

Stephen Curry took a fall

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Stephen Curry’s fall and Game 4 between the Warriors and Rockets. The full text runs below: HOUSTON Stephen Curry flipped head over heels in the second quarter, and then he flew. As he flew, he told himself the flight was taking a long time. He wasn’t used to flying solo for extended periods and he worried he would land hard and hurt himself. Hours later, he remembered worrying about the length… Read More »

Stephen Curry, MVP

Here is a link to my Tuesday column on Stephen Curry. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Stephen Curry wasn’t supposed to get this award — Most Valuable Player in the NBA. Not him. Not this skinny kid, short by NBA standards, frail looking, a guy who used to have bum ankles. Only three colleges offered him scholarships. He wanted to play for Virginia Tech. His dad, Dell, a former NBA star, went there. But Virginia Tech offered Curry a… Read More »

Steph Curry vs. Steve Kerr

Here is a link to my Friday column about the Stephen Curry-Steve Kerr free-throw shootout. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — The pressure is on Steve Kerr and he knows it. He stands at the foul line at the Warriors gym. To tie Stephen Curry in their free-throw contest, with the coaches and players and reporters watching, he has to nail this shot. Swish and the game will continue. Hit the rim, he is a loser. Miss entirely —… Read More »

Stephen Curry, good guy

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Stephen Curry. The full text runs below: Stephen Curry is the most likable superstar in the NBA. He may be the most likable superstar in any sport on the planet. First a disclaimer. I should have written, “From what we know about Curry, he’s the most likable superstar.” Journalists know only a certain amount about a player, only what a player portrays to them. So, there are limits to the knowledge.… Read More »

Curry must have been kidnapped

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Game 2 between Warriors and Clippers. The full text runs below: LOS ANGELES — Stephen Curry didn’t make it to the Staples Center for the first half of the Clippers’ 138-98 win over the Warriors. It’s such a sad story about Curry’s disappearance, and authorities are conducting a thorough investigation. Bad guys kidnapped Curry before the game and locked him in a broom closet at the arena. The bad guys were… 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 »

Warriors blown out in Game 5

Here is the opening to my Wednesday column about the blowup the Spurs put on the Warriors in Game 5 of their series: SAN ANTONIO For the first time in this semifinal series, the Warriors looked like a young team and played like a young team. The Spurs were up just three points at halftime, and they had labored to get there. You had to figure the Warriors would make a run in the third quarter, just go off with… Read More »

Warriors lose at home

Here is the opening to my Saturday column from Game 3 of the Warriors-Spurs series: OAKLAND — The Warriors didn’t wait until double overtime to lose to San Antonio as they did in Game 1 of their playoff series. That wasn’t necessary. And they didn’t run the Spurs out of the building with 3-point shots and lightning bursts down the lane as they did in Game 2. That was out of the question. Reality made an appearance at Oracle Arena… Read More »