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PLAYOFF OPEN THREAD - Game #6: Warriors vs Mavs - Ours For the Taking.

It's time to make some history.

Warriors: 3-2

Mavs: 2-3

Time: 7:30 pm PST

TV: TNT

Radio: KNBR 1050

I have to admit, so far this has been one of the most entertaining playoff matchups that I have ever seen. Granted, it would have been better if we had shut down the Mavs in Game 5 in Dallas, but we can solace in the fact that tonight the Warriors have the chance to close this epic struggle on their home floor. Will it make a difference?

Twenty thousand screaming fans say it will.

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The last place on earth the Mavs want to be.

Tonight the Arena will become the pulse of the Bay Area as the Warriors take the floor in their final Oakland standoff against the mighty Dallas Mavericks. And it is going to be anything but easy.

With their back against the wall, Dallas did everything that they could to prevent elimination on Tuesday. Insane shooting in the first (and overall), well rounded scoring from their starting 5 and bench, and perhaps most important, someone actually lit a fire under Dirk. Successful as the Mavs were, the Warriors did a magnificent job of preventing a routing, going shot for shot with Dallas while their crowd stood and watched in a horrified silence. (Personally, that was my favorite part of the entire game.)

We didn't get the win that we wanted, but we succeeded in slowing Dallas's momentum down in order to set the stage for tonight. The Mavs are going to get anything but peace and quiet in the Arena. It's going to be vital for the Dubs to feed off of this energy and gain command of this game from the first whistle. Contain Dirk, contain J-Ho (who has been an absolute nuisance to us this series), and make smart plays to the basket. We cannot afford to waste possessions tonight.

Everyone needs to be a beast. Monta and TMNT have not quite found their playoff rhythm yet, but they cannot rely on Baron and Jax, who along with JRich and Barnes have been carrying this team throughout this series.

And the fans? I don't even need to tell you what you have to do. Be LOUD. Be insanely loud. If the Warriors get the lead, get LOUD. If the Warriors lose the lead, get LOUDER. No respectable GSoM member should have their voice tomorrow. If you are at home, shout at your TV until your neighbors call the cops. Then when the cops show up, have them come in and get loud too. Be sure to offer them something to drink though. It's only polite.

The Mavs actually have the guts to step back into our house tonight. Let's play some 5 on 20,005!

Predictions:

  • Warriors by 6
  • Baron drops 30+
  • TMNT wakes up with some NASTY inside plays.
  • No one is able to hear a word the TV announcers are saying.

Make sure to give us your predictions in the comments before tip off and post any comments you have during the game right here.

GO WARRIORS!!!


UPDATE: (Atma Brother #1) Pre-game linkfest:


UPDATE 2: (Atma Brother #1) Don't sleep on the pre-game interview Fantasy Junkie, Hash, and I did for Deadspin :: Crunch Time For The Warriors ... And Their Fans!

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UPDATE 3:

WARRIORS SHOCK THE WORLD!!

111-86

Warriors beat the Mavs 4-2 in the series!!

Final Box Score

You BETTER stay tuned for this Recap!

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Faith in the Dubs
As disappointing as the ending of game 5 was, it gave me even more reason to believe that the Warriors are the better playoff team in this series. The question now is do thay have the killer instinct?

In every game, they've been competitive. Technically, they coulda won ANY of the first 5. Unlike the Mavs, the Dubs have figured out how to dismantle their opponent (game 3). The only reason they lost twice is because of mental mistakes and foul trouble, NOT because of any particular Dallas strategy. If they play smart (and act right) they'll come away with a W tonight.

I have a good feeling about tonight. It'll either be a blowout or a nail-biter. But it will end in Oakland!

"Sam Mack launches a prayer..."

by WarriorGirlReject on May 3, 2007 8:53 AM PDT   0 recs

I had a premonition this morning
the shower head said ...102-94 ..warriors....SNOOP D O DOUBLE gizzle in the house tonight to support ...so its all goodzo..
Lucky..=D

by WhoreRIORS on May 3, 2007 8:57 AM PDT   0 recs

it's on!
snoop is in the house!  tonight is the night!

by OaktownWarrior on May 3, 2007 10:37 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Matt Barnes Injury - Pulled Hamstring
KNBR announced this morning that Matt Barnes has a pulled hamstring.  I wonder if it's related from game 5 towards the end of the game where I saw him limp a little bit but still played the last few minutes.  He's played with a broken a finger, can he be productive with a pully hammy?  Go Dubs!  Sec 219, Row 17, I'll be there!!!

by pne987 on May 3, 2007 9:13 AM PDT   0 recs

i read
that he pulled it in the first quarter,so hopefully he will be ok and keep it loose. he said that he will play no matter what

by azw on May 3, 2007 10:21 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Like Hash said: "5 on 20,005!"
Keys to the game:
  • Win
  • Win
  • Win
Predictions
  • Win
  • Win
  • Win
WE GOT THIS.

by Atma Brother ONE on May 3, 2007 9:14 AM PDT   0 recs

Woo.
The pressure's on Dallas tonight, boys. They've not been able to beat us in Oakland, and I don't expect it to start now. Barnes will have a reduced role, so expect TMNHarrington to go off tonight. He's ready. He knows what he has to do.

Jackson's gonna take care of the rock while helping play the point to stop the raucous double teams on Baron. Dirk will still be soft old Dirk. He's not ready for this crowd.

It will be a collossal struggle, but the crowd will carry the Warriors over the top. They will make history tonight. Our guys will make HISTORY tonight.

Believe.


Playoffs in '07, baby! *It Happened.*

by coma on May 3, 2007 9:41 AM PDT   0 recs

Prediction
Jason Terry will get fouled into the crowd attempting a desperation 3 pointer towards the end of the game.  He will get tangled with a Warriors fan who shouts at him and taunts him but DOES NOT attempt to keep him from re-entering the game.

Warriors 112-104

Marciulionis is my father!

by williedillssf on May 3, 2007 9:55 AM PDT   0 recs

what's vegas say?
just curious...i haven't seen who's favored yet.

Let's Go Oakland! Gas, Brake, Dip.

by OaktownFunk on May 3, 2007 10:10 AM PDT   0 recs

Mavs
fyi - mavs favored by 2.5
Perfect...W's thrive in the underdog role! Let's Go Warriors.

Let's Go Oakland! Gas, Brake, Dip.

by OaktownFunk on May 3, 2007 10:26 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

It's ours for the taking!
Predictions:
Warriors by 7
Baron 30+
Jax, Pietrus, JRich and Barnes 15+
Pietrus 10+ boards
A gazillion assists
7 ER visits by Mavs players for blown eardrums.

Keys:
Baron dominant. again.
Barnes and Pietrus big.
Win the TO and Assist battles.
Play scrappy.
Make deflections.
Annoy Dirk.
BE LOUD.
WIN!!!!

THROW UP THAT DUB, DUBS!

by bradyk2 on May 3, 2007 10:13 AM PDT   0 recs

I can't wait for the game to begin!
Man, time is moving sloooooooow at work today. Lets go Warriors!!

I don't have tix, but I know the GSWarrior nation will blow the friggin' roof off of Oracle Arena!!!

" Sleepy Floyd is Superman!!!"

by CoachBarry on May 3, 2007 10:16 AM PDT   0 recs

I feel the same way...
I went to sleep so early yesterday because i just want to fast forward the time...i was so tempted to call in sick to work today....so I could kill time at the mall...instead of refreshing this site every minute ...ahhaha ...i need my Paxil..
Averyleavy - da rejects

by WhoreRIORS on May 3, 2007 10:38 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Wear the Yellow shirts!!
  They match the Yellow bus!!!  
    The crowd in game 3 just looked more intimidating than the crowd in game 4.  I want to see a sea of yellow when I turn on my TV.

by Skeptic con Urquell on May 3, 2007 10:19 AM PDT   0 recs

Warriors will win!!!!!
We haven't lost a playoff game at home in 13yrs! Plus we haven't lost a national televised game at home in over a yr!

by Psion on May 3, 2007 10:54 AM PDT   0 recs

hmmm...
very good points! Plus, we've never, ever lost a home game with s-n-double-o-p d-o-double-g in attendence!

by bradyk2 on May 3, 2007 11:01 AM PDT   0 recs

We WILL shock the world tonight!!!
The Warriors WILL show their intestinal fortitude and come out victorious in a tough, grind out game. Baron WILL put up 25+ points and 10+ dimes. J-Rich WILL light it up from the arc and give us at least 2 EPSN moments. We WILL shock the world and send the Mavs home tonight. We will. Its our DESTINY.

Baron will be raising his hands in victory and the Oracle will be pandemonium!!! Go Warriorsss!!!

We Believe!!!

by crossphaded on May 3, 2007 11:14 AM PDT   0 recs

tonight
we shock the world.

by djchuckdeez on May 3, 2007 11:24 AM PDT   0 recs

MUST READ IF YOU ARE A WARRIORS FAN
Here are my predictions. Lets see some more:

http://goldenstateofmind.com/story/2007/5/3/121313/0178

by BDiddyDaGeneral on May 3, 2007 11:39 AM PDT   0 recs

Huh?
Why are your predictions a must read? If you posted them here like you were supposed to, it would be one less pointless diary.

Playoffs in '07, baby! *It Happened.*

by coma on May 3, 2007 11:53 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Predictions?
Pain.

For Dallas.

Warrrriors Come Out and Plaaaaaayay!

by Hacksaw on May 3, 2007 11:45 AM PDT   0 recs

prediction
warriors by 10, snoop dogg will be high, the oracle will be loud, Dirk will have an early summer vacation
Nellie's Schmoes

by tadams1080 on May 3, 2007 11:50 AM PDT   0 recs

Time to get loud again
My neighbors actually did knock on my door last game, living in an apartment complex sucks. But, they can expect a repeat performance tonight, I'm waking everyone up and I don't care!

by manutefor3 on May 3, 2007 12:28 PM PDT   0 recs

I DO believe
Warriors will win.
RUN TMC!

by ZombieWarrior on May 3, 2007 12:32 PM PDT   0 recs

for those going to the game...
MAKE IT LOUD!!!!

I know this has been said many time already but please deafen up the place!

I wish I had to funds to watch it at the O. Oh well, I have a good feeling about this game.

www.TRACKjams.com

by MANUTEs BOLs on May 3, 2007 12:58 PM PDT   0 recs

SHOCK THE WORLD!!!!!
tonight's the night to make history. we really don't want to go back to dallas for a game seven. we must come out of the gate hot for two reasons: first, the mavs have jumped on us early the last two games forcing us to play catch up. we can't have that happen again. second, we must stop any momentum the mavs may have from tuesday's 15-0 run.

and of course: PROTECT THIS HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!

by AJC3317 on May 3, 2007 1:54 PM PDT   0 recs

ownage
Oracle ownage carries Mavs owner over the edge

by hardcore on May 3, 2007 1:57 PM PDT   0 recs

I'm praying
Go Warriors

by danschmeck on May 3, 2007 2:00 PM PDT   0 recs

I believe
WE WILL PROTECT THIS HOUSE. 'Nuff said.

by J Rich 4 MVP on May 3, 2007 2:07 PM PDT   0 recs

goosebumps starting....
already getting them....2:30....can't F'ing wait. 2 and a half more hours and I'm hopping in the car, heading to the Oracle. Let's Do This!
I know one thing for sure, the fans will NOT let this team down. We are ready and willing. My voice just recovered from Sunday, but it's going to be gone again by the end of tonight along with 20,000 other voices.
I BELIEVE!

Let's Go Oakland! Gas, Brake, Dip.

by OaktownFunk on May 3, 2007 2:34 PM PDT   0 recs

J-Rich
Is droppin over thirty best believe. And I believe we gonna kill tha Mavs
I love 2 tell tha truth, but I'm such a Good Liar

by JRichIsStillAGodButBiedrinsIsABeast on May 3, 2007 2:47 PM PDT   0 recs

Let's do this!!!!
I BELIEVE!

Nelson is pulling all the strings.  He's the puppetmaster.  The Mavs are doomed.  

WE BELIEVE!

by walkerp on May 3, 2007 3:41 PM PDT   0 recs

It's nice ESPN is keeping up....
NO RESPECT!  

NEW YORK -- Golden State's Jason Richardson was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Thursday for improper interaction with a fan during a playoff game in Dallas.

Richardson had a heated verbal exchange with the fan after missing a shot and falling out of bounds with 21.9 seconds left in the Warriors' 118-112 loss in Game 5 of the first-round series. The fan reportedly filed a complaint with NBA security.

Dallas' victory gave the Mavericks a 3-2 series lead, with Game 6 set for Thursday night in Oakland, Calif.

WE'RE GONNA SHOCK THE WORLD!!! COME ON WARRIORS!

by BarnesBest on May 3, 2007 4:08 PM PDT   0 recs

is it me
or has this been the longest day EVER!?

by dirrty on May 3, 2007 4:14 PM PDT   0 recs

i huuuuuuuur ya
dude, i can't frickin' concentrate on work!!!!  Is it tip-off time yet?!!!

by pne987 on May 3, 2007 4:17 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Must grade...
papers, but I can't focus.  I'd rather be reading articles on the web...10:30 EST can't come soon enough.

by NY Warriors Fan on May 3, 2007 5:09 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

the revolution is here
"Winning is breaking the opponent's will to fight."
Tonight: Winning is breaking the opponent. Everything.

We believe, baby! PROTECT THIS HOUSE!!!!!!

by Caught Backcourt on May 3, 2007 4:21 PM PDT   0 recs

i predict
mavs win tonight by 15.  dirk goes for 35.  this sets up what will be the most watched game of the season, game 7 at dallas.  it'll be bigger than any game in the finals.  but alas, dallas will pull off a squeaker in game 7 and stave off the biggest upset in league history.  sadly this is how it will be :(

by gossamer on May 3, 2007 4:24 PM PDT   0 recs

I feel sorry for you
Dallas will lose tonight and you will run home to momma crying!!!!!!!! Go Warriors One Dub!!!!1

by Psion on May 3, 2007 4:35 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Bill Simmons on the bandwagon
The power of the roar of the crowd
As for Warriors fans, it's a little more simple: They play in Oakland and have the most eclectic mix of fans in the league, so their home games have a different feel, almost like an upscale version of Rucker Park. Earlier this year, my wife and I were trying to determine whether we wanted to leave L.A. and live somewhere else for a few years (just to mix things up), and during the course of the discussions, she brought up the Bay Area. Well, you know why I couldn't live there? Because of the Warriors. If we moved there, I'd end up purchasing Warriors season tickets; inevitably I would be compromised by those unique crowds, placing me in a precarious sports bigamy predicament since I'm utterly and completely disgusted by the Celtics' front office and ownership right now. It would be like a guy who hates his wife hiring the hottest 20-year-old Danish au pair on the planet. Just a bad idea all the way around.

by walkerp on May 3, 2007 4:29 PM PDT   0 recs

foyle
Will drop 10!!!!!!!!!!!
in trash time
meaning

i sure as heck hope its a blowout win for the warriors

by Feedusfetus on May 3, 2007 4:37 PM PDT   0 recs

Good Omen.
Dick Stockton is calling Houston.

by justin on May 3, 2007 5:07 PM PDT   0 recs

predictions
my father in law, who is 73 yr old and from boston, just scored us some club seats through his hotel(of all places) so we are on the way...

predictions

  • massive games from jax, bd and jrich
  • ticky tack whistles
  • free throws galore
  • my father in law possibly losing his hearing
  • WARRIOR'S WIN

by stedanko on May 3, 2007 5:15 PM PDT   0 recs

WOW!!
everything about my predictions was right EXCEPT my father in law's hearing was ok by the time we got off bart. :)

the big games from bd, jax and jrich were all different than the previous 5 games this series. plus that face job on dirk by matt barnes was sick.

those ref's were pretty bad for a few stretches of the game. however, i certainly did not expect most of the ticky tack fouls would go our way and for the w's to shoot so many more free throws...

the goodbye chant for dirk after he sat down was 1 of the top moments of the night. the jrich dunk and 3 to stuff dallas' atempt to comeback was a massive moment for that crowd. the 11 and 12 point runs, the biedrins blocks, all those freaking steals, the tron showing celebrities and the free shirts were great too.

i know we saw snoop and woody, but i am not sure who else we saw there.

it was so much louder than friday or sunday night. we had no idea what had happened to baron when he went out. luckily, a buddy who was watching from home replied to my request for an update by text.

by stedanko on May 4, 2007 12:30 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Go Warriors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Throw up that W!

Through thinNthinN?

by k759 on May 3, 2007 5:44 PM PDT   0 recs

DEE FENSE !!
Can someone please force Devin Harris to go left?  He clearly only has his high gear going right.

by achiappanza on May 3, 2007 5:46 PM PDT   0 recs

Yellow shirts again!
They showed Dirk warming up just now on TNT and in the background I noticed that they're passing out the yellow 'We Believe' shirts again.

For some reason it just looks 10x more intimidating with a sea of yellow.  

by Samuel on May 3, 2007 6:22 PM PDT   0 recs

Hell yea!!!

by BarnesBest on May 3, 2007 6:34 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Did u see?
Kenny and Chuck holding the yellow We believe shirts before the Houston Utah game.

by Psion on May 3, 2007 6:36 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Barkley got a 5XL one
He said he'll wear it if Dubs win.

by nautica on May 3, 2007 6:38 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

reason number 422 why i am not an athlete.
i'm so nervous i could vomit. go dubs.

by justin on May 3, 2007 7:19 PM PDT   0 recs

Anyone know?
Will Marv Albert call our game? That would be so AWESOME!

I doubt it though because he usually does east coast stuff. We'll probobly get TNTs 3rd or 4th (used for Pistons-Magic) crew.

With his past behind him, Adonal looks toward the future, wherever it may be....

by Zorgon on May 3, 2007 7:20 PM PDT   0 recs

I think
It's Kerr and Marv.

Doug and Reggie are doing the Houston game so it can't be them.

by Samuel on May 3, 2007 7:32 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

LET'S DO THIS!
GO WARRIORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shit, my palms are sweating already....haha

by snelj22 on May 3, 2007 7:33 PM PDT   0 recs

hope it doesn't backfire
monta needs to provide the energy that barnes was giving

by AJC3317 on May 3, 2007 7:39 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

YALL
Hello everyone! LETS SHOCK THE WORLD!!! LETS DO THIS!!! EVERYONE AT ORACLE BETTER REPRESENT TODAY AND SCREAM ON EVERY POSSESION!!!
HELL YEAH!!! CMON EVERYONE LETS PUMP IT!!
GO WARRIORSSSSSSSS
F**K REFS!!!

by faetati on May 3, 2007 7:37 PM PDT   0 recs

DAMN!!! WOW!!!
WHAT???? MATT BARNES IS STARTING?? AND WHO IS OUT? ELLIS???
F**K REFS!!!

by faetati on May 3, 2007 7:38 PM PDT   0 recs

starting five
barnes
richardson
jackson
davis
biedrins

a little bigger lineup.  the radio crew is saying the lineup is a response to the mavs double-teaming baron...

by OaktownWarrior on May 3, 2007 7:42 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

barnett: "a game for the ages"
lots of celebs in the house: snoop, kate hudson, owen wilson, carlos santana, bill russell, bob lanier...and woody harrelson!

oracle arena: THE northern california destination!

by OaktownWarrior on May 3, 2007 7:40 PM PDT   0 recs

Barkley quiet tonight
Chuck doesn't want to yap about the Bay anymore.  Good for him.

Tonight's the Night.  

Go Warriors!!

by Raining Ice on May 3, 2007 7:48 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

WE GOT MARV ALBERT
YEEEEAHAHAHAH!!!!!
With his past behind him, Adonal looks toward the future, wherever it may be....

by Zorgon on May 3, 2007 7:48 PM PDT   0 recs

Hmph
Some people were right, it's Barnes today.
With his past behind him, Adonal looks toward the future, wherever it may be....

by Zorgon on May 3, 2007 7:49 PM PDT   0 recs

great
no call
Ronald Reagan was a jerk.

by Nooob on May 3, 2007 7:51 PM PDT   0 recs

yay
BIEDRINS!
Ronald Reagan was a jerk.

by Nooob on May 3, 2007 7:53 PM PDT   0 recs

I like how this is starting
Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious.

by Kobe on May 3, 2007 7:54 PM PDT   0 recs

great start
that's how we need to play!!!

by AJC3317 on May 3, 2007 7:54 PM PDT   0 recs

HELLLLL YEAAAHHHH
YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I´M PUMPIN HERE!!!! I´VE ALREADY LOST MY VOICE!!!
WHAT A START!!!!! CMON!!! LETS DO THIS!!!!
F**K REFS!!!

by faetati on May 3, 2007 7:54 PM PDT   0 recs

Stupid Timeout
by the Cockroach. Too early.
With his past behind him, Adonal looks toward the future, wherever it may be....

by Zorgon on May 3, 2007 7:54 PM PDT   0 recs

Let them burn out all their timeouts
they're going to need all of them tonight!

by back2back51s on May 3, 2007 7:55 PM PDT   0 recs

WOO
THATS WARRIORS BASKETBALL!
Ronald Reagan was a jerk.

by Nooob on May 3, 2007 7:57 PM PDT   0 recs

oh yea, baby!!
Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious.

by Kobe on May 3, 2007 7:57 PM PDT   0 recs

Swat
Get that out of there.

Nice job early by Beans.

Crackhouse 3, Jax 3!

by back2back51s on May 3, 2007 7:59 PM PDT   0 recs

Stack
it's either him or Dirk
Ronald Reagan was a jerk.

by Nooob on May 3, 2007 8:00 PM PDT   0 recs

Need to D-UP!
Barnes pick it up!

by budgerock on May 3, 2007 8:01 PM PDT   0 recs

Barnes' flip
it wasn't pretty, but we'll take it
Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious.

by Kobe on May 3, 2007 8:02 PM PDT   0 recs

W's might want to guard Stathouse
Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious.

by Kobe on May 3, 2007 8:02 PM PDT   0 recs

Stack's on fire.
Ronald Reagan was a jerk.

by Nooob on May 3, 2007 8:02 PM PDT   0 recs

someone might wanna cover stackhouse
he's keeping dallas alive

by AJC3317 on May 3, 2007 8:03 PM PDT   0 recs

Barnes can't get back to
Crackhouse after overplaying on a double team twice now.

Pietrus time.

by back2back51s on May 3, 2007 8:03 PM PDT   0 recs