The Golden State Warriors staged a comeback for the ages, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors' dream season could have ended at any point in the last three games but the Warriors staved off elimination and now advance to the NBA Finals -- for the second year in a row against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sal and Steiny discuss some different aspects of the series, including the changing Warriors' fan base, how terrific the officiating was for Game 7, the Sharks' being overshadowed despite participating in their first Stanley Cup Final, and plenty more.
Warriors TV analyst Jim Barnett joins us for a conversation recorded in Oakland at Pacific Coast Brewing Company.
Jim talks about how he started as a television analyst after playing in the NBA and how became the Warriors analyst.
Steph Curry has been a transformative figure for the Warriors and in the league. Jim has seen it first hand. Jim talks about how Steph really is behind the scenes and how much is demanded of him.
Our discussion reveals how Warriors decided to keep Jim as TV analyst after public outcry when it was announced he would be replaced.
Jim is always a good conversationalist and we think you'll enjoy our funny, frank, and informative discussion with him.
The Golden State Warriors have responded in a big way to every obstacle and challenge put in front of them over the past two years ... and Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Oklahoma City was no different.
The Warriors, behind (who else?) Stephen Curry, tied up the best-of-7 Western Conference final 1-1, and now we head to Oklahoma. Perhaps as discussed as the game itself, is this: Why didn't Warriors' fans try to cushion Curry's dive into the stands?
Sal and Steiny not only break down Curry's dive, they attempt to assign blame and non-blame to the near catastrophic event. Were those real Warriors' fans? Who is sitting in those seats? Just how much has the Warriors' fan base changed in recent years. We discuss.
Castaneda and Steinmetz also talk about the poor bastard who is going to have to replace the legendary Vin Scully.
We don't want to do every single show about the Warriors, but when Stephen Curry does the kind of thing he did on Monday night, how the hell are you not going to talk about them/him?
Curry was absolutely, positively electric in the Warriors' 132-125 overtime win against the Blazers, and there's really nothing else to say. Only there's tons to say and Sal and Steiny say it.
Curry came back from injury and scored 40 points, including 17 points in the extra period. The guy is ridiculous and it never gets old talking about the guy. One thing that does get old is fans complaining about officials. Get over it already, Sal and Steiny say.
BTW, what's going on with Jake Peavy and Matt Cain? Yikes!
Sal and Steiny also recognize Equipto, who was part of the Frisco 5.
The Warriors are winning without Stephen Curry in the playoffs but that's not the only big thing going on in the Bay Area these days. How about this: The Sal and Steiny Podcast has a sponsor!
And get this: The sponsor is the Pacific Coast Brewing Company in Oakland CA.
Sal and Steiny are pumped to be a part of this great place -- terrific food and drink, dynamite atmosphere and attentive staff. We couldn't be more excited and we'll be hosting some future podcasts there.
On this show, we talk about how the Warriors continue to roll, even without Stephen Curry. The Warriors lead the Blazers 2-0, with Game 3 set for Saturday May 7. There are rumors Curry could return from his knee injury for that game.
Speaking of returning, the Giants are said to be interested in signing Tim Lincecum, one of the biggest fan favorites in Bay Area history. Sal tell you the secret behind Lincecum's popularity.
Oh, and lastly, if you think Bay Area traffic is getting worse, you're right -- and in a big way. Castaneda teases his traffic feature on KTVU, which has some remarkable facts about what's going on with Bay Area transportation.