The Coliseum Complex Double Header: Warriors stay alive, A’s spin a gem

Saturday's dual event results in wins for both Oakland clubs

Karl Buscheck
May 26, 2018 - 9:48 pm

Saturday was a marathon day at the Coliseum Complex, home of the Oakland A's and Golden State Warriors.

It began with the A's downing the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-0. It concluded with the Warriors digging a 17-point hole before staving off elimation, forcing a Game 7 with the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.

Here's the story of living through the double header.

11:17 am — The BART bridge is already buzzing. Five-dollar hats. Town t-shirts and even Hamptons 5 gear litters the concrete sidewalk.

11:41 am — The A’s honored their great teams from the 1970s before the game, so all the old icons were in the building.

12:48 pm — There was even a mule.

1:05 pm — Daniel Mengden takes the mound to Drake’s “Nice For What.” The mustached right-hander is about to deliver nine scoreless innings of two-hit ball, his second career shutout.

3:12 pm — Chad Pinder booms the third of three solo home runs to power the A’s.


 

4:03 pm — Daniel Mengden sets the scene before delivering his post-start press conference. The Houston native unfurls a bright red James Harden jersey and draps it over the chair resting in front of his locker.

Mengden says he’s ready to walk across the way and watch the Rockets close out the Warriors in six. When a reporter reminds him that Chris Paul is out, he seems unconcerned.

“Ehh, it’ll be alright.”

 

Game 2

4:15 pm — Head coach Steve Kerr confirms that for the third time in as many games Andre Iguodala is out with a lateral left leg contusion. A good time to dredge up the following stat.

5:42 pm — The Currys are headed to the family room on the ground floor of Oracle. Dell Curry, with Riley over his shoulder and Sonya, Ayesha and Ryan walking ahead, reassures a nervous arena worker.

“It’ll be alright.”

6:04 pm — Oracle is roaring. Tip-off is moments away.

6:08 pm — The Rockets hit the Warriors with a 13-2 run, forcing the hosts to call time at thr 7:33 mark. Chris Paul replacement Eric Gordon is 3-for-3 on field goals, including 2-for-2 on triples, with eight points already.

6:28 pm — The Rockets’ lead balloons to 16, 36-20. Oracle is deflated. So are the Warriors. Jordan Bell, Shaun Livingston, David West, Nick Young and Kevin Durant are on the floor. A puzzling lineup from Kerr.

6:31 pm — “And the Warriors season is on the ropes right now. They are down by 17."

-Tim Roye on 95.7 The Game

The Warriors are down 39-22 at the end of one. The most points they’ve allowed in a playoff quarter this year.

6:48 pm — Kevin Durant rises up to block James Harden at the rim then goes coast-to-coast for the layup. 5:39 to go until the half. Warriors within seven, 48-41.

7:03 pm — After sending a 75-foot heave off the rim, Curry, head bowed, claps his hands as he walks off the court and makes his way toward the tunnel. He nods his head vigorously, seemingly pleased. The Warriors are down 61-51 at the half.

7:26 pm — Curry hits the triple in the far corner. That’s a 11-0 run out of the break. 17-point deficit erased. Warriors up 62-61. Oracle is on its feet.

7:42 pm — Steph doing what he does. Drills a 29-footer on one possession and a 26-footer on the next.

7:50 pm — The Warriors were +17 in the third quarter, turning a 61-51 deficit into a 84-77 lead. 12 minutes away from earning a trip to Houston and a Game 7.

7:58 pm — Klay hits his fifth triple of the half. Pumps his arm in excitement, the rare show of emotion for the stoic Splash Brother who’s up to 29.

Nick Young, on the court for fourth-quarter crunch time in an elimination game, nearly gets knocked over by a JaVale McGee chest bump outside the timeout huddle.

Minutes earlier, Swaggy P drew a charge against Harden, an unexpected defensive coup.

8:13 pm — Klay is outscoring the Rockets in the second half.

8:15 pm — McCaw returns to the delight of the crowd.

8:20 pm — Ballgame. Warriors secure their trip back to Houston for Game 7 with a 115-86 win. Klay goes for a game high 35.

8:40 pm — Kerr breaks down what makes Klay such an assassin in high-pressure situations.

8:55 pm — Swaggy got another visitor in a dream.

9:10 pm — Draymond and Chuck make amends

9:13 pm — KD's ready for Tuesday, make that Monday, night...

Goodnight.

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