One. More. Game.
That running commentary on the Klay celebration gauntlet had all the hype and drama of a playoff game. Kudos Mr Apricot for raising the non playing time plays to your in game analysis standards 👌🏽
"If Steph goes to the bathroom then Marcus Smart is gonna stand between Steph and the toilet, and Robert Williams is gonna be outside the stall" I love this, nuanced and expository bathroom humor. Chef's kiss.
This was so, so good!!!
Start to finish, a true work of art. Masterful sir!
In fairness to Marcus Smart, a pushoff kind of like the one he did is a principle of safe landing: you redirect the momentum from your fall sideways to lessen the impact on the ground. I'm pretty sure he didn't need *that* much of a push, though.
Also, never doubt Klay's expertise on threes, high or otherwise.
As a long time curler....shoutout to the Marcus Smart reference....he just needed some sweepers to get to the button.
So now that Boston has tried guarding steph 1-1 and gotten torched for 34 pts a game, and tried face-guarding and trapping more and got everyone else easy buckets, what are they gonna try in game 6? Stick with the current plan of taking steph out of the game and hope he goes 0-9 again? Go back to drop coverage and hope his 40 isn't enough?
I know I have seen games where teams try this kind of defense (or even constant shining twins), but can't recall if it ever succeeds. Seems like the Dubs always exploit it for a win. Do we recall cases where it has? Also, I have already seen an article saying while Steph is the FMVP fav, now Wiggs has and argument, as if Steph taking one of their players out nearly every play was not a significant factor in the rest of the Dubs having so many chances to score. Despite a poor shooting night, Steph was still unequivocally the most valuable player on the floor. Gravity.
Smart's sheet metal sculpting was pretty annoying. Credit to the refs for not taking the bait. That said, come Thursday he will be making a Pamplona masterpiece I am sure of it. The Boston crowd, the chance to extend the series, the constant whining from Celtics players I think will all be too much for the refs to not call these flops. Hopefully the Warriors stay focused and don't let his flop hobby take them out of rhythm.
A streak for a streak. Steph made a deal with the basketball gods for the Game 5 stone.
The thing that impresses me most is that the Warriors still haven't put together a game where they have played their best for 48 minutes. in particular, in last night's game Curry and Wiggins combined to go 0 for 15 on pretty open 3s (Wiggins, really open, Curry, open for him). Klay had a nice game but he didn't go supernova. There is more offense to be had if the Celtics stick to face guarding Curry.
Awesome as always, Eric. Saw some speculation on the Twitters that suggested something was off with Steph's shooting, perhaps with his finger/hand, perhaps related to his foot injury (per e.g. Dr. Pandya). Did you happen to notice anything either live or on replay that lends credence to that theory? Or did it feel more like the Celtics' extra loving defense plus carrying all of Dub Nation on his back for several games finally got to him a bit?