Philippines, 12 Aug 2020
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


SECOND OVERTIME: Keeping the faith on these weary Warriors


PhilBoxing.com




CHICAGO -- To those with deep religious roots, faith is the belief in something they don't see. In sports, faith is the belief in something that's already been seen.

Through the course of this immensely challenging season --- a spate of injuries, a renewed threat from the Houston Rockets, internal strife, among other distractions --- my faith that the Golden State Warriors will win another NBA title has never wavered.

I saw them do it thrice in the last four years. I see them doing it again this June, this time in a historic three-peat that hasn't been accomplished since the 2000-02 L.A.Lakers that were headlined by the jarring and sometimes warring duo of Shaq and Kobe.

Which brings us to the ongoing 2019 NBA Finals, a bare knuckled and extremely physical brawl against the relentless Toronto Raptors.

Currently tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3 Thursday morning at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, doubt has once again accompanied these Warriors. And for good reasons.

Kevin Durant, the team's playoffs leading scorer with 34.2 points per, is out with a calf strain. Kevin Looney has been ruled out for the rest of this championship series with a rib injury. Klay Thompson hurt his hamstring late in Game 2. Andre Iguodala is banged up and DeMarcus Cousins is still working to find his sea legs after a long layoff.





Photos: The author chats up with the Warriors core of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr.

But as the injuries pile up and the pressures rise, I still think Golden State will come out on the bright side. Warts, Kawhi Leonard, and all.

Steph Curry is on a mission and he will not be denied. With Durant reduced as cheerleader, Curry has quietly assumed the leadership mantle to the tune of 27.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per.

Klay Thompson, the other half of the Splash Brothers, has awoken from an early postseason slumber and is hitting 41.1 percent from 3-point range.

Draymond Green continues to be a conveyor belt for triple-doubles, averaging 13.6 points, 9.9 boards and 8.3 dimes an outing.

Andre Iguodala is norming what appears to be a harmless 9.7 points per, but he remains lethal in the clutch, while the reserves have answered when the going rough, especially in that Game 2 where Golden State had to climb out of a 12-point hole.

Another added ace that reinforces my faith upon these Warriors is head coach Steve Kerr.

The 53-year old has come a long way from being a former Bulls reserve to team executive, to TV analyst, and now one of the brightest minds to ever straddle the NBA sidelines.

Playing under both Gregg Popovich and Phil "The Zen Master" Jackson, Kerr has applied his acquired knowledge well, devising winning schemes on both ends of the floor while spectacularly managing the egos of a team loaded with All-Stars and future Hall-of-Fame inductees.

With Kawhi Leonard and a band of fearless Raptors on the other side, the Warriors will be tested. And they will pass with flying colors.

Another June. Another championship.

How sweet it is.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Homer D. Sayson.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • NAOYA INOUE LIKELY TO DEFEND AGAINST JASON MOLONEY
    By Carlos Costa, , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • Revealing Fight Reviews: Gold Heist in Atlanta 1996
    By Chino Trinidad, , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • Bridges of compassion
    By Joaquin Henson, , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • CULLEN AND CHELLI COLLIDE ON WHYTE-POVETKIN UNDERCARD
    , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • 34 Pinoy Fighters in World Ratings Despite Covid-19 Lockdown
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • OSCAR DE LA HOYA PRESENTS WBA SUPER FLYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE BELT TO JOSHUA ‘THE PROFESSOR’ FRANCO
    , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • MANSOURI: I’M TOO EXPERIENCED FOR CONWAY
    , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • Undefeated Super Middleweight Prospects Juan Barajas & Jose Resendiz Headlining RJJ Boxing Promotions card
    , Wed, 12 Aug 2020
  • ESPINOZA VS. VALDES: WBO WORLD YOUTH TITLE THIS FRIDAY
    , Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • Sugar Boxing promises legal action against anyone interfering with Misael Lopez's contract
    , Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT PRO DEBUTS AND APPEARANCES BY IMPORTANT PROSPECTS HIGHLIGHT UNDERCARD OF ‘DETROIT BRAWL AT THE LEGENDARY KRONK’
    , Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • DOCHERTY: I’VE GOT TO WIN THIS FIGHT IN STYLE!
    , Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • The Duke of Cincinnati: United States Amateur Star Duke Ragan Signs Promotional Contract with Top Rank
    , Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • WEDNESDAY: Jono Carroll Headlines Special Edition of #MTKFightNight Against Maxi Hughes LIVE on ESPN+
    , Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • Newest MMA promotion iKON Fighting Federation To Launch Sept. 24 in Mississippi
    , Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • August 15: Darren Traynor Steps Up to Face Carl Frampton Live on ESPN
    , Mon, 10 Aug 2020
  • WBC cites Pinoy ‘Heroes of Humanity’
    By Joaquin Henson, , Mon, 10 Aug 2020
  • PRICE: I’M A LEVEL ABOVE PHILLIPS
    , Mon, 10 Aug 2020
  • EWA BRODNICKA SIGNS WITH MATCHROOM BOXING
    , Mon, 10 Aug 2020
  • STORY OF PHILIPPINE BOXING PART LIX: MANNY PACQUIAO, FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO WBC WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Mon, 10 Aug 2020
  • The Past Week in Action 9 August 2020
    By Eric Armit, , Mon, 10 Aug 2020
  • Fransisco Fonseca brutal Round 1 KO win, targets Carl Frampton and Super Featherweight Champs
    , Sun, 09 Aug 2020
  • FIGHT CAMP WEEK 2 RESULTS
    , Sun, 09 Aug 2020
  • UNITED CITY FOOTBALL CLUB PULL OFF ANOTHER SIGNING COUP WITH THE GERMANY-BORN OTT BROTHERS
    , Sat, 08 Aug 2020
  • US OPEN POOL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 CANCELLED
    , Sat, 08 Aug 2020




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2020 philboxing.com.