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Report: Warriors pay $4 million to cover parade costs

Report: Warriors pay $4 million to cover parade costs

And the total cost is...

The Warriors will pay the city of Oakland $4 million to cover the entire cost of the championship parade, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

During the ceremony on Thursday, Joe Lacob declared:

"We recognize that times are hard and this city in particular has had its share of issues over the years ... there are a lot of fundamental needs -- police, schools -- we just like to say: this parade, this whole day, all the costs, every dollar is on us.

"It's our gift to the city of Oakland."

The Warriors will play at Oracle Arena for the next two seasons before moving into the Chase Center for the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Film room: Assigning responsibility for Mirotic's six 3-pointers vs Warriors on April 7

Film room: Assigning responsibility for Mirotic's six 3-pointers vs Warriors on April 7

The Warriors vanquished the Spurs on Tuesday night, which means it's officially time to start looking ahead to the Pelicans.

Remember when Golden State lost to New Orleans on April 7 at Oracle? (it feels like forever ago).

Well, Nikola Mirotic roasted the Warriors, scoring 28 points on 10-for-18 overall and 6-for-11 from deep.

After rewatching the game, one thing stood out -- it wasn't just one guy's fault for allowing Mirotic to go off.

Let's analyze the six 3-pointers Mirotic made:

1) About a minute into the game, the Warriors are getting back on defense after a missed shot. Draymond Green is matched up against Mirotic, but he doesn't have a sense of urgency to make sure he's pressed up against Mirotic on the catch. Draymond flies at the pump fake, and Mirotic takes one dribble before drilling the triple.

2) Kevon Looney is matched up against Mirotic in a half court set. Looney takes one step towards the paint to help on a diving Anthony Davis (he didn't really need to as Kevin Durant smartly dropped off of Rajon Rondo), so Mirotic pops out to the left wing and Looney is late to contest:

3) Draymond is guarding Mirotic but is forced to switch when he cuts backdoor. After standing around for a couple of seconds, Mirotic slowly relocates to the left wing and David West is a little slow to challenge (although this is one where you kind of just have to tip your cap...)

4) This one is on Draymond, who abandons Mirotic in an attempt to trap Rondo in the corner. Iguodala is forced to leave Darius Miller (another great shooter), but Mirotic has plenty of time and space to shoot over Iguodala's outstretched arm:

5) It starts with Rondo driving baseline past Quinn Cook and kicking it to the corner to E'Twaun Moore, who promptly swings it to Mirotic. Looney scrambles and flies past Mirotic, who calmly takes one dribble and has all day to line up his fifth triple of the game:

6) Draymond's lob attempt to Durant is intercepted and the Pelicans push the other way. Looney get sucked beneath the 3-point line and Mirotic cans it from deep to essentially end the game (live ball turnovers are deadly):

The Pelicans acquired Mirotic on Feb. 1, and he's making New Orleans' front office look great right now:

-First 25 games (6 starts) -- 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 30 percent from deep
-Last five regular season games (5 starts) -- 25.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 46.5 percent from deep
-First round vs Blazers -- 18.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 46 percent from deep

The Warriors could go several directions when it comes to matching up against Anthony Davis and Mirotic.

Whichever route they choose... they will have their hands full.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

In a bizarre year, the Pelicans present a more difficult, intriguing matchup for Warriors

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In a bizarre year, the Pelicans present a more difficult, intriguing matchup for Warriors

And so ends another episode of Warriors Angst. With a fresh boatload of torture to remind the audience that there is more to come in the next exciting installment.

While there may be some local consternation over Dwyane Wade describing the Philadelphia 76ers as “the future of the NBA,” its present reminded itself and its various nations just how easy it is to retain its hold on the driver’s seat. By first smothering and then desperately repelling the San Antonio Spurs, 99-91, to finish this Western Conference quarterfinal series, the Golden States demonstrated that a devotion to defense solves all other issues, including offense, boredom, weariness, neuritis, neuralgia and excessive stress caused by trumped-up worry.

In other words, they did what needed to be done, albeit disjointedly, thus setting up a second-round match with the New Orleans Pelicans that will be more difficult, more intriguing, and with this level of defensive intent, perhaps more decisively.

That’s how the Warriors work, after all. When they engage defensively, their offense raises itself (at least, when they’re not shooting 18.5 percent from three), their energy regenerates, and people don’t wonder if they lack focus.

Plus, the Spurs shot miserably themselves, couldn’t run their offense coherently on either side of the arc, were desperately outmatched until their desperate fourth quarter charge that cut a 16-point lead to two before expiring breathlessly. In short, they finally ran out of ways to cheat the inevitable.

But this wasn’t about San Antonio, except maybe to San Antonio, Theirs was a lost season and a doomed series from the moment Kawhi Leonard left the lineup for good, and the death of Erin Popovich, Gregg’s wife, reduced the players and coaches to fumes. It was not, in the end, a terribly fair fight, though they get full credit and glory for refusing to bend the knee until the last possible moment.

But for Golden State, the exemplaries were less in the box score and more in the sweat equity. They opened the game with a conviction never evidenced in Game 4, and certainly not to this extent in Games 1, 2 or 3, never allowing San Antonio to create a rhythm until the Warriors’ offense found theirs – albeit a rhythm developed inside the arc (32-of-56, 57 percent) rather than outside it. In addition they committed only 10 turnovers, their fifth fewest all year, and Klay Thompson’s shooting (24 points on 22 shots), Draymond Green’s rebounding (five offensive, 14 defensive) and just enough help from everyone else made a game that was too close for comfort still exactly the way they will need over the next two weeks.

So it is now the Pelicans who obstruct their view, a bizarre choice in a bizarre year in which the Western Conference was so narrowly settled that it had more six-seeds than playoff berths.

The Warriors are still not completely convincing as the Season Of Being Less Warrior-y continues. But just as New Orleans rises into view, so does Stephen Curry, and the dreams of a team that isn’t ready to watch someone else be the future by ceding the present remain sufficiently buoyant.

In other words, the Warriors avoided an embarrassing defeat by remembering that there is strength in stinginess, and will have to show that very virtue again and again, even after Curry returns. We said four months ago this would be the hardest title to win, and they’ve already bled to get a quarter of the way there.