The Warriors Plus/Minus

By Tim Kawakami & Marcus Thompson

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Longtime Warriors insiders Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson, both of The Athletic Bay Area, come together for the definitive podcast about the Golden State Warriors. They bring incredible insider knowledge from their proven sources. They offer behind-the-scenes insights and color. They get top-notch guests. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Steve Kerr, Bob Myers - they all have been and will be on. The combination of experience, personality, access and insight obtained by Kawakami and Thompson makes this a must-listen for any Warriors fan.

Episode Date
Warriors Boogie on Down

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami are back and fresh out of the Warriors' introductory press conference for DeMarcus Cousins. The duo break down all the happenings from Boogie's official introduction to the Bay Area, look at the Warriors' new-look roster and analyze the recent turnover that's occurred within Golden State's organization.

Jul 20, 2018
Warriors Free Agency Preview: Who Goes? Who Comes?

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami of The Athletic Bay Area breakdown the Warriors options this coming free agency season. The turnover on the roster of the defending champs will be significant. Who will they land? Tyreke Evans? Jamal Crawford? Kyle O’Quinn? Rudy Gay?

Jun 28, 2018
Warriors Mega-Pod: David West's Cryptic Quote, Kevin Durant's Future & More (feat. Anthony Slater & Ethan Strauss)

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami are joined by two of the best minds on the Golden State Warriors - Anthony Slater and Ethan Strauss - for the mega-pod you need to dissect the Warriors' third NBA championship in four years. The foursome discuss David West's cryptic post-Finals quote about the possible drama behind the scenes, the possibility of Kevin Durant leaving the Bay Area, KD's Finals MVP and Golden State's eventual pursuit of Anthony Davis. 

The guys also give their takes on the most surprising developments and their favorite moments of the season. 

Jun 11, 2018
Finals MVP: Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant?

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami (and even Ethan Strauss) overcome technical difficulties to figure out whether Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant will be hoisting the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy at the end of the 2018 NBA Finals.

*Note: This episode was recorded prior to Game 3 of the Finals*

Jun 07, 2018
Uh Oh - The Warriors Are on the Brink of Elimination

Marcus Thompson, flying solo this episode, discusses the Warriors’ tenuous situation. Down 3-2 in the Western Conference Finals, he breaks down Game 5, and the noteworthy events from it, while looking ahead to Game 6 — with some help from a few members of the media.

May 26, 2018
Will Warriors-Rockets Come Down to PJ Tucker?

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami discuss the critical matchups that will decide this year's Western Conference Finals and talk about when the Warriors should deploy the Hamptons 5 as well as why the Rockets are so dangerous.

May 14, 2018
The Greatest Showman (aka Stephen Curry) Returns

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami endure a quick turnaround to talk about the buzz surrounding Game 2 of the Warriors-Pelicans series. Before heading off to New Orleans, the duo chat about Stephen Curry's return and evaluating Steve Kerr and staff's coaching moves thus far in the playoffs.

May 11, 2018
Stolen Jacket, Anthony Davis and Predicting Stephen Curry's Return

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami grab their crystal balls and look into what lies ahead for the Golden State Warriors in their tough second round matchup vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. The guys also examine what exactly happened with Stolen Jacket-gate in San Antonio with Marcus giving us all on-the-ground happenings after that story broke. And of course, the guys chat about the question that is currently dominating all Warriors' fans' minds: when is Stephen Curry returning?

Apr 26, 2018
Ethan Strauss on the Media Industry, Warriors and the NBA Playoffs

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami are joined by their newest colleague at The Athletic, the infamous Ethan Strauss. Ethan discusses his decision to join forces with The Athletic, the ending of his tenure at ESPN before giving his take on the Warriors-Spurs series and the NBA playoffs as a whole. 

Programming note: Radio Ethan does NOT make an appearance. Maybe on the next one.

Apr 17, 2018
Kevin Durant Talks Playoffs, Referees and Money

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami flip the switch on Warriors Plus/Minus and sit down with superstar Kevin Durant just in time for the start of Golden State's playoff run. KD opens up about the team heading into their first round matchup against the Spurs and doing it without his superstar partner, Stephen Curry. Durant also gives us his take on his ejections this season and his relationship with referees and how he deals with the constant noise that comes with being a bonafide star in today's NBA.

It's a can't-miss episode of Warriors Plus/Minus to get you in the mood for the playoffs!

Apr 13, 2018
The Kids Are Alright -- Kevon Looney, Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell & Damian Jones

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami come together to discuss the Warriors' surprising big-time contributor against the Thunder - Damian Jones! The guys also dive into how the Warriors stack up against OKC in a potential first-round playoff matchup, Omri Casspi's future (or lack thereof) with the team, the rough year that Patrick McCaw has had and Quinn Cook's comfort level playing with Golden State's stars.

Note: This episode was recorded before Quinn Cook's reported new deal with the team.

Apr 04, 2018
The Invincible Steph Curry-Less Warriors (feat. Nick Young)

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami breakdown the Nick Young potential in the playoffs. They also get into the psychology (good and bad) behind Steve Kerr's proclamation of the Warriors' greatness without Stephen Curry. Without a doubt, recording at TK's house changed the vibe of the whole show.

Mar 28, 2018
Kevon Looney Talks Free Agency, Pick-and-Rolls, Broccoli & More

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami picked up the option to have Kevon Looney on the podcast (unlike the Golden State Warriors). He goes in-depth about how he overcame two hip surgeries, how Andre Iguodala stays on top of him and "what now" with his impending free agency.

Mar 21, 2018
Klay Thompson's Fractured Thumb, Soft Fans & Spring Training

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami are at your service to break down the Klay Thompson injury and what this means for the Warriors' season. Marcus also digs deep for a message to Warriors fans everywhere about Golden State's historical greatness. The duo then dive into how the recent issues reemphasize how management will look to shake up the roster sooner rather than later. A's shortstop, Marcus Semien, joins the show to give his take on the Warriors' season and how concerned he is about the Houston Rockets.

Mar 14, 2018
Was JaVale McGee the Answer the Whole Time?

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami come together to examine the Golden State Warriors' 4-0 start out of the All Star break gates. Is JaVale McGee the spark the team needed to get back on track or has something else triggered their success? Is running the table for the rest of the season an option? What are the best and worst first round playoff matchups for the Warriors? MT and TK answer all of this and much more.

Mar 02, 2018
The Young OG, Shaun Livingston

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami are joined by one of the leaders of the Golden State Warriors' second unit, Shaun Livingston. S Dot reacts to the Warriors' number 2 seeding out West, the perceived bench struggles, Kevin Durant leaving money on the table which aided in Livingston's return and last but not least, life as an NBA dad.

Feb 22, 2018
The Number 2 Seed in the West Warriors

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami examine a Golden State Warriors team that for the first time in the Steve Kerr era, sits in second place in the Western Conference at the All Star break. The guys break down more of the the Warriors' bench issues, the potential playoff path and the worst contract in Bob Myers' tenure as GM.

Feb 16, 2018
Trade Deadline Edition: Who Could Help The Warriors?

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami convene at Warriors headquarters to discuss anything and everything related to the upcoming NBA Trade Deadline and the Golden State Warriors. MT and TK talk more about the Warriors' bench issues, whether the defending champions are being worn down and of course the question that everyone has been asking themselves about this team lately: could Monta Ellis be of help? Okay, no one's really been asking that - but the guys discuss that and much more.

Feb 08, 2018
The Concerning Warriors Bench

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami dive right into the Warriors' bench issues. Between Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Patrick McCaw and Nick Young, Golden State can’t get reliable offense from the reserves. This has to be worrisome for Warriors executives heading into the February 8th trade deadline. The guys talk solutions, answer some questions from listeners and much more.

Feb 01, 2018
David West Has Found the Fountain of Youth

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami catch up with David West, who has seen a resurgence at his advanced NBA age. We uncover his secrets, get his take on referees, the other Warriors big men and, of course, issues in our world.

Jan 25, 2018
No Jordan Bell, No Trades, No More Rivals

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami are back it to figure out what Jordan Bell's absence means for the Warriors, what the trade deadline holds for them and the rest of the NBA and they help answer the question - do the Warriors have any rivals left?

Jan 18, 2018
The Return of 2015-16 Steph Curry and the Fate of JaVale McGee

Marcus Thompson (fresh off the road trip) and Tim Kawakami talk about Stephen Curry’s dominant return from injury and how Kevon Looney has pushed JaVale McGee further down the depth chart. And, also, the Rockets matchup and whether the Patriots' drama is a sign of what’s to come for the Warriors.

Jan 05, 2018
Warriors vs. Cavs Christmas Day, Steph Curry Return? & LeBron Anti-Aging

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami set up the now-annual showdown between the Warriors and Cavs on Christmas Day with help from The Athletic Cleveland's editor-in-chief and Cavs writer, Jason Lloyd. We also discuss when Steph Curry should return from ankle injury and whether Draymond Green's shoulder issue is a cause for concern.

Dec 23, 2017
Kevin Durant Carrying the Warriors, Plus Kerith Burke Joins

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami break down everything with Kevin Durant's recent stretch of dominance and are joined by the Warriors' new sideline reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area, Kerith Burke, to talk about her first season covering the defending NBA Champions.

Dec 18, 2017
Stephen Curry-Less Warriors & Return of Old Kevin Durant?

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami dive right into life for the Warriors without the face of the franchise, Stephen Curry, as he recovers from a sprained ankle. The guys touch on Kevin Durant's increased role sans Steph, Golden State's current revolving door of starting centers and the return of a fan-favorite segment, "TK's Gone Soft."

Dec 09, 2017
Stephen Curry's Hand Issue & Steve Kerr's Frustration

Marcus is back from LA and joins Tim in Oakland to discuss the current state of the Warriors after escaping the City of Angels with an overtime victory. The guys talk Steph Curry's hand issue, Steve Kerr vocalizing his frustrations and the rest of the Warriors' longest road trip of the season.

Dec 02, 2017
Post-Celtics Loss "Panic" and Tom Haberstroh

Marcus and Tim break down Warriors-Celtics and discuss whether a meeting in June is set for these two powerhouses. Tom Haberstroh also joins to discuss his latest investigation of NBA players ditching meat and going vegan.

Nov 18, 2017
Steph Curry’s No No-Trade, Steve Kerr’s Workload & Danny Leroux

Marcus and Tim dive into a lot this episode: All Steve Kerr has to manage, his contract extension, what Steph Curry not getting a no-trade means, the Warriors' defensive woes and Danny Leroux’s new Warriors book.

Nov 03, 2017
Insider's Look at Start of the Warriors' Season

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami of The Athletic Bay Area break down the very beginning of the season for the defending champion Golden State Warriors. They dive into some intriguing hypothetical trade scenarios, Stephen Curry's early foul issues, Nick Young's roller coaster debut and the Warriors' plethora of centers before making some win/loss predictions for the Warriors' next nine games.

Oct 21, 2017
Warriors' New Home aka The Chase Center Experience

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami of The Athletic get a closer look at the future San Francisco home of the Golden State Warriors as they embark on the "Chase Center Experience." MT and TK look into their crystal balls to predict which Warriors will get to experience Chase Center as their home stadium, discuss whether it is OK that the Warriors' ownership group intended to move to San Francisco all along and another edition of the already famous, "TK Going Soft" segment.

Oct 16, 2017
Big Trouble, Little China

Marcus Thompson II and Tim Kawakami of The Athletic Bay Area discuss how this exhausting China trip will affect the Warriors. They also dive into Nick Young's weight, Klay Thompson's next contract and the Steph Curry contract slight that never happened. They also add a a new segment, "TK Going Soft."

Oct 06, 2017
Exclusive Interview w/ Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors Podcast

Marcus and Tim welcome back Klay Thompson to the show who talks everything from #ChinaKlay to new teammate Nick Young and of course, his upcoming free agency (in two years).

Oct 02, 2017
Understanding Kevin Durant, from an Insider Perspective

After a bit of a hiatus, while Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson transitioned to The Athletic, "Warriors Plus/Minus" is back. On the eve of media, they endeavor to explain Kevin Durant's sensitivity, address a misperception about Andre Iguodala's signing and more.

Sep 21, 2017