We Interrupt This Non-Existent Football News to Bring You the NBA Finals

Hey, since there’s no football news to speak of, and I’m not really into hockey, the talk of the Bay Area is the Golden State Warriors.

Frankly, the Cleveland Cavaliers must be thinking, what the fuck? We hold Steph and Klay to a combined 8-27, and a combined total of 20 points (lowest all season) and still get blown out? James, Love, and Irving scored 66 points compared to Stpeh, Klay, and Green combined for a paltry 36 and the game is basically garbage time most of the 4th quarter? Disheartening to say the least.

Tale of the game was the benches. 45 to 10 was a giant advantage for the Dubs. To lose that handily has to be a tough pill to swallow for LeBron and Co. Funny thing is, Andre Igluodala had his own Steve Adams moment when St. Mary’s alum Matthew Dellavedova smacked Iggy in the jigglies. After the common (really?) foul, the Warriors, up 3 at the time, went on a nice run starting with Iggy hitting a 3 right after the play and never looked back.

Needless to say, there are a couple ways to look at this. BronBron called out his bench after the game, saying they have to do a better job. They can hang their hat on the fact they shut down the Splash Bros, and think they can shut our bench down as they played out of their minds. Problem with that is, it is a rare occurrence when the rainmakers get shut down 2 games in a row. Both rarely get shut down at the same time, so there may be something to that, but I’d be worried if I was Cleveland about those two. The Warriors will likely not get 20 from Shaun or 11 from the Brazilian Blur, but Iggy wil contribute, and the Splash Bros should combine for about 60 next game.

Most encouraging thing to me was to see Harrison Barnes contributing inside and making shots. I said it before the series that the Cavs are not in our class. I think Portland is better than the Cavs. OKC as well.

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120 Responses to We Interrupt This Non-Existent Football News to Bring You the NBA Finals

  1. rtfirefly says:

    Steph+Klay: Their 20 pts. combined was the lowest of their careers.
    Livingston: His 20 pts. was a career high.
    Bench: +35 was the highest in an NBA Finals game in 50 years.

    *Iggy shut down LeBron. When Draymond or he guarded LeBron, LeBron’s shooting % dropped 30 pts.
    *So much for having healthy Love and Irving. They can’t guard anybody.
    *The Cavs have no one to match up against Livingston. Maybe LeBron, but he can’t be on the floor guarding everybody at all times.

    Okie See matched up MUCH better against the Warriors than the Cavs do.

    Warriors in 5

  2. rtfirefly says:

    Do you know how they count to 10 in Cleveland?

    0-1, 0-2, 0-3…

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Now that’s funny . . . !

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Love is soft as a pillow. I actually thought Cleveland was better of last year without Love. Irving is a soft defender. BronBron has his moments, but he’s defending alone out there. And I was hating it when there was talk of trading Love for Thompson a couple years back.

    Just heard Muhammad Ali passed away. Sad day and yet another icon has left us. Hated how he treated his toughest foe, Joe Frazier, but his stance for peace and his humanitarianism during and after his boxing career is unparalleled.

  5. Winder says:

    I saw him at the Cow Palace, he came out in between wrestling matches. This was when he was still Cassius Clay (sp) and before the Liston fight. He was talking smack about his upcoming fight. He was one hellava fighter. RIP

  6. rob says:

    We lost a great one there. RIP Muhammad.

    Congrats and good luck the rest of the way to you warriors fans

  7. Nipper says:

    GO DUBS! Should take these guys in five games.

  8. 12th Man says:

    check this out:
    Vegas betting has the Niners not winning a single game right now. Same for the house of sadness.

  9. Nipper says:

    CAVS are dead meat.

  10. rtfirefly says:

    Chalk one up for the Sharks! They won’t get skunked after all.

    • Lurker John says:

      That’s a nice win, the first Stanley Cup Final win in San Jose history. Very cool.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Little early to be setting lines, eh? We may not be good but one would think we’d get through some camp and preseason games before burying these guys.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Cool that you got to see Ali live, Winder.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Big game tonight. The Dubs really need to come out fast and furious. They sometimes hit a lull when things look good. They can’t give these Cavs any signs of life.

    Faster and deeper. Take ’em in 5.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    Carlos Santana doing the Star Spangled Banner… Four decades since I saw him across the parking lot at the Coliseum…

    Oh yeah!

  15. unca_chuck says:

    My sister saw him play at San Carlos high back in 67.

  16. Lurker John says:

    Bit of a spotty first half for the Warriors, but a strong second quarter gives them a halftime lead. They need to have one of their patented third quarter spurts to bury these fuckers. It’s easy to see how much better the W’s are when they’re playing their best, but then they have lulls like they did at the end of the first half that halved a 15 point lead.

  17. Lurker John says:

    I’ve seen Santana twice. Always good for a great show. I love his band too.

  18. Lurker John says:

    17 days are allotted for the NBA Finals. That seems like a long goddamn time for a 7 game series to go.

    • rtfirefly says:

      An extra day for travel – after games 2,4,5,6

      • Lurker John says:

        I just think it’s too much, but I guess the reasoning is that it’s at the tail end of a long grind for both teams.

      • rtfirefly says:

        I agree. Louis L’Amour sat outside a coffee shop in Durango with his typewriter to crank out novels and he could write one in less time.

      • Lurker John says:

        Now that’s a good analogy! LOL

  19. Lurker John says:


  20. rtfirefly says:

    LeBron will recover from this beatdown. The rest of his sucky team won’t.


    Off to Cleveland. Fourteen down, two to go…

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Probably saw Santana 10 times in the 70s and 80s. Santana was a last-minute addition to the show cuz someone bailed out. he was petty much unknown outside of the SF area.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, John the regular season is way too long to have 4 rounds of playoffs. If you are lucky enough, you get to play 20-25 games to get through those 4 rounds. They could cut 12 games off the schedule and it wouldn’t affect things very much.

    At least the refs were calling it pretty loose. Good to see them playing rather than shooting free throws. Both games have been called cleanly.

  23. Nipper says:

    Curry reveals he’s avoiding the Olympics to rest his knee. Other players are concerned about the Zika virus.

  24. rtfirefly says:

    The Niners have the worst roster in the NFL according to PFF/ESPN.

    Oh yippee.

  25. rob says:

    Fuck pro football focus. We’re a .500 team at least

  26. unca_chuck says:

    It could happen, Rob. BSPN just reported the Niners gave the worst roster in the NFL.

    Too bad they don’t play.

  27. Nipper says:

    If the CAVS win anything it will be this next game in Cleveland tonight. If not it’s adios baby!

  28. unca_chuck says:

    No, they don’t have a prayer. The Warriors haven’t played well at all, and have smoked the Cavs.

    Tomorrow’s game will be an even bigger beat-down. Cleve is soft and slow. Their biggest run is like 6 points.

  29. robbiedeluca says:


  30. robbiedeluca says:

    New avatar test !!!!

  31. robbiedeluca says:

    And ….

  32. Can you guys stop this Warriors crap? Can we get back to football? As you guys all know Gabbert had success because he stayed in the pocket more, allowing his line to protect him, why don’t most of you get this? Gabbert did check downs, because that’s what you do, who cares how many times, he came in, got the job done didn’t he? You guys continue to ride Kaeps D, curious, why didn’t any other team want him? Could it be we’re the only team out there not taking things seriously? Just wondering.

    • robbiedeluca says:

      IMO Kap beats out Gabbert and starts this year. I like Gabbert too but still think Kap’s ceiling is higher given his unique skill set V !!!

  33. robbiedeluca says:

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  35. Nipper says:

    No matter what happens or who plays QB for the 49ers we’ll always have V around. The “Home” has given him a lifetime pass and somehow despite all efforts he will be part of this blog. He somehow finds a way out of Chuck’s filter to emerge once again.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Right V. 3-5 is getting the job done. 2 of those wins came on blown FGs. So Blabbert was 2 plays from 1-7.

    Gabbert takes us to 3-13. Kappy could get this team to .500.

  37. Lurker John says:

    You gotta be kidding me, Chuck. Kaepernick is going to have to show that his head is on straight before even considering him a viable option. He was so fucked up in the head after last season it’s a wonder he wasn’t in therapy.

    • unca_chuck says:

      All I’m saying is we have a much better shot with Kappy than Gabbert.

      It probably won’t happen with CK, but it’s a certainty if Gabbert starts.

  38. rtfirefly says:

    The Cavs shook up their starting lineup and absolutely blew the doors and windows off the Warriors train in the 1st. The Warriors made it a game by halftime, then the Cavs blew it open again in the 3rd.

    Well, that’s why I said in 5 not 4.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    Well , Steph played another shit game. I’m getting a little concerned about him. His defense was decent Enoch but he’s getting knocked around a ton.

    He definitely looks tired.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    Right. This might concern me more if we didn’t do this same shit vs OKC.

  41. Nipper says:

    I hope they show up for the next game.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    For what it;s worth


    I sure hope he plays as good as he sounds.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Sharkies with a 3-2 lead halfway through the 3rd period.

  44. rtfirefly says:

    All right! Sharks are at least making their first appearance in the Stanleys respectable.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Yup. They come home for game 6. They should be able to pull this off.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    The problems with this team don’t involve Kapernick. It’s the three fucking stooges in the front office.


    If the team does anything, it is despite these fucking idiots.

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck the GM is a puppet for Paraag.
      This minion of Dr Daddy is separating football and business in a way that I can’t fathom.
      For lack of a better comparison, I’ll call it Moneyball.
      This guy is good for Contract negotiations.
      He’s got no fucking business being involved with personnel IMO.

      I think the entire meltdown started between Paraag and Kaep.
      Kaep was Harbaughs’ guy.
      Paraag didn’t agree.
      Baalke is a yes Man apparently, which he shouldn’t be, because he knows football light years ahead of Paraag.
      We’re fucked as long as this Whiz Kid is involved with Draft analysis and, game intervention.

  47. robbiedeluca says:


  48. rtfirefly says:

    The Cavs couldn’t have found the bottom of the net for much of the 4th if it been lit up with neon strobe lights. Back to Oakland for the REPEAT.

    Fifteen down, one to go…

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Baalke doesn’t strike as the yes-man type. I think he’s fucking up all by himself.

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Cleveland has to play perfect, and hit unreal shots, and get a ton of calls to stay in the game.

    They wore down eventually. I look for a beat-down on Monday.

  51. robbiedeluca says:

    Nice article on Kap. He’s doing all the right things. Good to see !


    • robbiedeluca says:

      NJ49ER Is right . The buck stops here in this case. We all know who the real culprit behind the throne is. … Dr. John himself !

  52. This makes perfect sense. Might be a little early but I sense we have only “adequate” returners currently on the roster, and no “sizzle” guy. hopefully, we’ll find that guy when other teams are forced to make roster cuts. As far as Kaep he’s washed up and I wish we would stop wasting time like this.

  53. robbiedeluca says:

    Bruce Ellington has a shot as a return man. Good point tho. Hayne leaving hurt us in the return game IMO.

    • Winder says:

      Rob- right now we got no clue to what we are gonna look like. All I know is that most of these 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year players really have to step it up if we are gonna make a shot at anything. We need the “shot in the arm” for the players to all buy in and maybe, just maybe(wishful thinking) we can be competitive. Football is gonna have to be fun for these guys and the FO has got to cut the crap.

  54. unca_chuck says:

    The front office is obviously a clusterfuck. Harbaugh showed that winning obscures a lot of bullshit, but the bullshit is still there. It was there before. It is there now. And it is mainly the same cast.

  55. unca_chuck says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOE ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  56. It’s crazy but I remember Geep simplified the offense before the Giants game hoping to make it easier for Kap who struggles going through progressions, and is constantly confused reading the defense. With the way the offensive line was performing, he would have been killed anyway. Kaep again had to learn that dumbed down offensive version. For me withholding judgement until Gabbert goes through Kelly’s system which is also a single read offense for the most part but choices have to be made quickly as the defense commits. We already know Kaep is weak at the point of attack which we have to pray Gabbert can consistently think the faster than him, make the right choice, while get rid of the ball quickly. At this point let’s try anyone but Kaep as we already know he’s a dead fish hanging around a stinky situation. Young Jedi continues to force us to believe we’re all eating at a five star restaurant when he should be handing us all barf bags to endure another stomach turning season.

  57. 12th man says:

    Agree with this tweet from Barrows:
    Colin Kaepernick seemed to verify where root of issues lie: Said he’s had great rapport w/ Chip Kelly, staff; has not spoken w/ GM Baalke.
    1:53 PM – 9 Jun 2016

    Kap was taken advantage of with his contract. His agents were amateurs and Kap was naive to believe Baalke would use the saved money to keep his favorite players.

    I think that is at the heart of the distrust he has, but it was his own fault for living in the land of rainbows and unicorns.

    I said when he signed his contract it would bite the org for being too greedy and it did. Players lost trust with them.

    If he is right in the head, Kap will beat out Gabbert IMO.

    • NJ49er says:

      To that end 12th, I put those Contract dealings on Paraag.
      Baalke is the guy wearing the GM Cap certainly but, I’m of the mind that he’s simply wearing the title to make him relevant in football terms.
      This charade is being perpetrated by the ‘business’ guys over the ‘football’ guys.

      Baalke has his faults, no question.
      I simply think he’s in a no-win situation with the Cheapo Yorko’s manipulating the business model.

      Analytics = Moneyball IMO.
      Can’t see it working in the NFL myself.
      We’re doomed as long as Ownership continues to play games with this approach.
      Eddie spent lavishly and fostered a family environment within the locker room.
      York and Marathe are profiting on fan loyalty built by Uncle Eddie, while doing everything they can to squeeze the life out of all of us.

  58. rtfirefly says:

    Congratulations to the Sharks for a wonderful season and their first ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals! Maybe next year.

    Technically I was born in San Jose because that’s where the hospital was. It was beautiful when this came out, covered with orchards.

  59. unca_chuck says:

    I humbly call bullshit on that assessment, NJ. Baalke’s drafts have been terrible. Drafting doesn’t cost anything. That’s on him, not Paraag, York, or anyone else. Paraag is the contract guy. Sure. The front office is a mess of epic proportions, but Baalkengets no pass here for the other problems. He’s a PART of the problem.

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck the analytics aspect of these personnel decisions fall squarely on Paraag.
      Paraag is a quasi-GM behind the guy holding the title of GM.
      Baalke has been castrated to some extent by these analytics.
      Go back to who hired Harbaugh and question what took place to put the two of them odds.
      It likely started and ended with interference from Paraag IMO.
      He didn’t like Harbaugh.
      He didn’t like Kaep.
      Enough fuel for the fire?

      I simply don’t see what the need is for Paraag to be meddling in personnel decisions beyond the Contract phase.
      Dr Daddy gave him much too much authority within the Organization.
      Baalke isn’t in full control of this process by any stretch.
      He’s answering to the Whiz Kids and Dr Daddy.
      We’re a dysfunctional mess because of it.

      You can’t extrapolate College data reasonably into the Pro game.
      Football guys find football players.
      GM/HC need to communicate their philosophies directly into their personnel.
      You still have to find out what makes these kids tick beyond an NFL paycheck and their 40 times.
      It’s tough work when it becomes your primary occupation.

      • NJ49er says:

        How else do you explain the efforts Baalke made to land Gase?
        Who torpedoed those efforts?
        The ‘GM’ goes after a HC candidate and gets derailed?
        It’s called dysfunction.
        Starting and ending with Ownership.

      • NJ49er says:

        Either Dr Daddy/Jed or Paraag thought Jim Tomsula would be the better option obviously.
        I don’t know how Baalke eats this sh!t TBH but, he’s getting paid to wear the title I guess?
        Empty as it seems to be anyway.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Baalke’s main job is to draft talent. He and 31 other guys have the same job and same info. He sucks at doing it. End of story. All the other machinations happened and are happening, but in the end, Baalke is not giving the team talent through the draft.

  60. unca_chuck says:

    Love that song…..

  61. unca_chuck says:

    Lebron James is a pussy

  62. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, this is yet another ding to the self-proclaimed king. Sorry pal. You are a whiner and chickenshit player.


  63. rtfirefly says:

    So there’s the ESPN talk show crew, from Justin Herman Plaza again:

    “So here we are, in San Francisco. That’s Oakland over there, behind us, over there somewhere… Yeah, I know there’s haze, but you see the Bay Bridge there? Treasure Island there? Well, Oakland’s somewhere behind that. Trust me.”

    OK, I changed the words a little, but the host essentially just said that. ESPN has been scared to death of Oakland all playoffs long. “So here we are, in Akron. You can see Cleveland on this map. It’s that big dot there. See?”


  64. Lurker John says:

    I can tell now that this is going to be a very difficult game for the W’s to win. Cleveland got what it wanted getting Green out and they fully intend to win. After a decent start, the W’s cannot buy a basket right now and Cleveland is walking into the paint. Irving and James are lighting it up

    Again, Green brings this shit on himself, but the NBA should be ashamed of itself suspending a key player in a huge game like this. It really smacks of political bullshit.

  65. Lurker John says:

    Steph, back yet again to the sloppy, lazy passing.

  66. rtfirefly says:

    They really missed Draymond’s D. The Cavs scored a ton of points, especially in the first half. Oh well, back to Cleveland with Draymond to shut that big crybaby’s mouth.

  67. NJ49er says:

    Chuck it’s not that I’m giving Baalke a pass on his personnel choices.
    It’s the fact that he’s being placed in a compromised position of authority in this FO structure.
    A non-football Whiz Kid playing analytics and, being a divisive wedge between the GM and HC, is where the problem exists IMO.
    Football is predicated on having players that fit a specific system, not checking all the analysis boxes.
    If the HC and GM can’t mutually agree, on those players that best fit their plan, where in hell does analytics bring anything constructive to the process?

    The larger issue here is the 3 Stooges, all of whom are in no way connected to any experiences involving an NFL franchise, (other than Jed tagging along with Uncle Eddie), having heavy influence on what happens with the roster.
    Whoopie, (I guess) for Baalke having final roster authority.
    If Paraag is dictating, or at least influencing, the Draft process with his analysis/algorithms, Baalke is already handicapped from the jump.

    It would appear, that Chip and Baalke have already made more progress together with this years selections, than I could assume occurred with Harbaugh and Baalke.
    Perhaps this is what finally forced the removal of Paraag from the position he held prior to Chips’ arrival?
    It’s not about the GM’s success so much for me, it’s about the GM being undermined by weasels, that have no clue about football.

  68. Winder says:

    If baalky is such a wet noodle then he has no business being a GM. His draft record speaks for itself.

    • NJ49er says:

      Wet noodle or otherwise Winder, I simply want him to work with the HC and find players that fit.

      I’d do his job for half of whatever he’s getting paid right now.
      I’m just sick and tired of Tweeter and the Money Men meddling in the process.
      Last I checked, football guys know football players.
      Moneyball be damned.

  69. unca_chuck says:

    Baalke is a football guy that can’t draft. Nolan was a football lifer. Doesn’t mean they know anything.

  70. Nipper says:

    How many of you guys are going out and buy a Kap jersey? All I hear is the sound of crickets.

  71. unca_chuck says:

    The play pen is pretty funny these days. Trump Jr. and Jared Fogle Jr. spouting incessantly the same psychbabble.

  72. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up…

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