Postgame party thread: Warriors win, force game 6 in LA on Friday
Playing with urgency and focus? Well, I never!
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to write about this team. Of course we all know how amazing Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and the rest of the core are - but we’ve also see them trick away games with stupid passes and boneheaded choices. So I wasn’t totally calm coming into this game. I should have relaxed.
The Golden State Warriors blitzed the Los Angeles Lakers. Draymond Green was playing with high energy and decided to become a prolific shot taker tonight - part of a franchise-wide effort to not allow this game to be the end of their season.
There is so much to talk about!
Gary Payton II played a massive role tonight. As it has been all season, there’s not many guys on this roster that Kerr and the Warriors trust completely, but we are going to roll with those guys and trust them to make it work.
LeBron James rolled his ankle after a layup. He’ll grit it out, but as a fellow old dude, I can assure you that these little injuries that used to be no biggie start to matter a little bit more as you age.
Anthony Davis caught an inadvertent forearm to the head on a rebound and ended up getting a wheelchair part of the way back to the locker room. If that’s a concussion, he might not be cleared by Friday. What’s really great is that Lakers coach Ham was hitting up the media circuit ahead of the game and very vocally talking about how much he cares about never ever blaming the referees for anything. So as much as we all honestly (no snark) hope for every player on both sides to stay healthy, it’s going to make the next couple days go by much more easily if the Lakers aren’t griping about not having an enormous free throw advantage; or spend energy lobbying the league for post-hoc suspensions over perceived slights and missed calls.
Anyways, that was rad!
Plus, tomorrow is Thursday, which means the work week is almost over! WOOO!
Post publish edit: Ham didn't even make it interesting. Come on man.
Right back on the referee campaign trail?
I just looked through Poole’s shot chart and after adjusting his efficiency to reflect his two last second heaves (that are not really his fault), he ended up at an efficiency of 42% from the field which isn’t that good. With that being said, I still think that overall he played a good game offensively because while he had two hero ball shots, overall he was taking good high efficiency shots within the flow of the offense and they just didn’t fall. The results didn’t reflect it, but the process was generally nice.
Defensively was a different story as the Lakers went 3/6 against him with just extremely poor overall defense.
I really respected and enjoyed Jason's content....but this is a super disappointing and unprofessional tweet considering his reach.
Lakers really do bring out the worst in people.