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Brian Yancelson

Pelicans Hire Warriors Assistant Alvin Gentry as New Coach

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Just six days after he lifted the Larry O’Brien trophy, and three days after he paraded through the streets of Oakland as a champion, Golden State Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry was introduced as the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Gentry, who was last a head coach in Phoenix, from 2009–13, brought great enthusiasm to his introductory press conference, making it clear that he believes this Pelicans team is, well, ready to take flight. 
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Ron and R.J. Hunter: All in the Family

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Only 2.7 seconds remained on the clock when Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter nailed a three-pointer to upset the third-seeded Baylor Bears in the 2015 NCAA tournament. In the midst of the ensuing madness, all eyes fell on R.J.'s father, coach Ron Hunter. He had literally fallen out of his seat.

Ron sat on a rolling stool to coach the 14th-seeded Panthers against Baylor, wheeling up and down the sideline because he had torn his Achilles tendon four days earlier — while celebrating the conference tournament title that sent Georgia State to the Big Dance for the first time since 2001.

His son's 30-footer against Baylor opened the book on one of the best Cinderella stories of the tournament, and it was the perfect culmination of a relationship 21 years in the making. After learning to balance basketball and family, the Hunters had combined to produce one of the biggest wins in Georgia State history. It was a father-son moment to cherish.
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Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title!

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CLEVELAND (AP) — As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.

James could do nothing more. He extended a conceding hand and congratulations.

Moments later, Curry was hoisting a trophy in the air — one as golden as his team.
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2015 NBA Finals Game 5: By the Numbers

  • Hoophead
  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 15, 2015, 12:36 PM

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The Golden State Warriors finally seem to be alive after struggling through the opening games of the NBA Finals. League MVP Stephen Curry scored 37 points, outmatching LeBron James (40 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) and leading the Warriors to a 104-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. 

Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 5.
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Manat Kaur

2015 NBA Finals: Cavs and Warriors Gear Up to Win it All

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The NBA Finals between Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is down to a best-of-three! The series is tied, 2-2, as it shifts back back to Golden State tonight for Game 5. Home court has been very kind to the Warriors this season, but both teams are equally capable and hungry for a win. The Cavs are looking for their first NBA title, while the Warriors want their first championship since 1975.
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2015 NBA Finals Game 4: By the Numbers

  • Hoophead
  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 12, 2015, 3:28 PM

2015 NBA Finals Game 4 By the Numbers

For the first time in this year’s NBA Finals, Golden State pulled away from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of a game. The Warriors’ balanced team effort beat the Cavaliers, 103-82, evening the series 2-2 and earning back home-court advantage. 

Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 4.
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2015 NBA Finals Game 3: By the Numbers

  • Hoophead
  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 10, 2015, 12:58 PM

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Fans did not get another overtime, but Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals lived up to the excitement of the first two contests.

Despite league MVP Stephen Curry finding his shooting stroke in the second half, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers powered past the Warriors, 96-91, to take a 2-1 series lead. 

Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 3.
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