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Warriors sweep the Cavaliers and the Mission celebrates (PHOTOS!)

The Warriors made history when they racked up a 73-win season in 2016, only to lose the Cleveland Cavaliers in that year’s NBA Finals. Yet, here were are, four finals appearances in four years — all against the same team led by LeBron James. This latest championship victory was sweeter, as the team swept the Cavaliers in four games, a...
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Warriors v. Cavaliers Game One: Dubs Take Thriller

Pre-Game Hangover Is new CIA director Gina Haspel also the covert commissioner of the NBA? She kindasorta conditionally implied the CIA would not enhance any interrogation techniques under her watch (but when she’s not watching?). As Gina Haspel begins her new job as CIA director, there are still many unanswered questions about her past. @Krhawkins5 with an in-depth look: https://t.co/52UeYevqBA...

NBA Finals: A cheatsheet for bandwagon fans

You’ve had a lot on your plate. Work, lack of work, rent, lack of rent, family, boyfriend troubles, climate change, the child, the dog, girlfriend troubles, scooters on the sidewalk, alleged Russian collusion in the District 8 elections. Etc. You haven’t had the time, nor the emotional bandwidth, for American mega-sports. But it’s that time of year again. You can’t...

Warriors v. Rockets Game 7: Dia de los Dubs!

Pre-Game: Here comes the sun After two weeks of fog, wind, thicker fog, and fiercer wind, nature relented. A splendiferous Carnaval weekend followed by a glorious day for Game 7. Game 7 is a day for metaphysics. Rehearse ritual preparations to engage in imaginary participation. As if the slightest conscious wrinkle in the space-time continuum — the shirt I wear,...

Warriors v. Rockets Game 6: Better late than never

Pre-Game: Triumph of the (Warriors’) Will We haven’t seen a situation like this since Game 7 in 2016, when the Warriors flatlined the fourth quarter to lose the game, series and championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the wake of that loss, the team brought in Kevin Durant. Problem solved. Or was it? What if the problem in 2016 was...
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Warriors v. Rockets Game 5: Dubs give it away

Pre-Game: The Beautiful Game, Part II. Good news: Draymond Green was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team. What? Second team? Green will be seething. Green’s mother will be seething. The Warriors are at their best when the Green family gets pissed off. This morning, Kerr addressed the media. Rather than repeating the usual sports cliches, Kerr lit into the...

Warriors v. Rockets Game 4: Lost in the fog

Pre-Game: The View from Dolores Park. This morning, the fog sits thick and damp over the Mission. Like the mood of the dog people of Dolores Park, who woke up to the news Andre Iguodala might not (as in probably won’t) be playing tonight. “Who replaces Iguodala?” “Kevon Looney.” “What if he gets into foul trouble? Silence. The cloud’s so...
Mission chill as the Warriors blow out Houston.

Game 3: Warriors v. Rockets: Steph gonna Steph

Pre-Game: May 1968. Fifty years ago, a generation of students took to the streets around the world. Not to celebrate the Celtics win over the hated Lakers. (The Celtics’ 10th title in 12 years!) No. Something else. The Big Lie (of the Vietnam War) had been exposed and, for the first time, the whole stultifying Cold War complex (military-industrial-media-educational) broke open...
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Best Warriors t-shirt?

My favorite Warriors t-shirt was designed by Ricardo Peña, who lives in the Mission. It comes in blue and black. You can find it at Colibri at 2919 24th St. Ricardo’s often there as well. Have an equally compelling candidate for best Warriors T-shirt?  Send a photo to us at info@missionlocal.com and we’ll add it to the post.

Warriors v. Rockets Game Two: Day of the Dead

Pre-Game: The Beautiful Game. Kevin Durant took a lot of shit when he signed with the Warriors. He was pilloried for “ring chasing” and for being “soft” (a cupcake), not being a “Real Man.” He still hears it. Given his physical gifts, mental acuity and disciplined work habits, KD should transcend the team, the Alpha Dog Leader of the Pack....

Warriors v. Rockets: Dubs roll Rock Heads in Game One

Pre-Game: Zen and the Art of Drawing Fouls It’s one of those fog-filled days you expect in July. Is this an omen? Good or bad? The dog says it could be worse, weather-wise. Like, we could be stuck in the muggy bog they call Houston, Texas. He sniffs. This morning, the pre-game hype has been eclipsed by the Boston Celtics’...
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Warriors fever strikes the Mission: A guide for the perplexed

What’s up? How could you not notice the blue and yellow banners Warriors suddenly waving from shops, homes, cars, bikes, scooters and strollers? Why else would otherwise fashionable citizens wear silly ill-fitting yellow and blue jerseys with the number 30? Why do lovers turn to each other in Dolores Park, whispering the initials “KD” before they kiss? Are we back...

NBA finals from the Mission: Dubs pack the bars, take the trophy

Pre-Game: 16th Street. The buzz. What else would you call it when the sun comes at you brighter than ten thousand klieg lights? When instead of cash, you exchange fist bumps and “Go Dubs” with your favorite panhandler? When the neighbors start trucking in provisions at 9 in the morning for their party tonight. “A little early to celebrate,” I...

NBA finals from the Mission: Fans celebrate with bonfire in the street

(Earlier from the bars: Dubs fill the bars, take the trophy) 12:05  After earlier confrontations with officers who fired what appeared to be rubber bullets and announced over loudspeakers that anyone remaining in the street would be arrested Mission Street near 22nd Street has calmed down, though officers continued to move revelers along 22nd Street toward Valencia Street.    ...