Thermodynamics wins. Great game, though.
I am even more mad today than I was last night. I hope that the team is likewise frustrated and channels that feeling into Friday's game.
If curry is going to be held on the last play of the game Everytime we need to start using him as a decoy, our end of game execution is fucking horrible.
No doubt, the refereeing was imperfect and troublesome, but, folks, bonehead turnovers lost us that game.
After having a night to digest the game, I feel torn. I was probably more upset last night than I ever have been after a game and I was not sure exactly why.
This morning I have a better idea. I think what I was feeling last night was calling into question my entire understanding of what NBA basketball is. Is it competition or is it entertainment? If it is entertainment, then fine last night can be tossed aside and we can come back next game emboldened to try harder. If it is competition, then there is a problem. In a competition you know the rules before the contest, both side agree and the officials are there to enforce those rules to the best of their ability, in a fair and balanced manner. Human error is what it is, so if we consider those calls "human error" then we have to call into question competency. If they were not human error and were deliberate, then we have a different problem. Now we call into question bias. If there was bias what was done if anything to correct it? Not much in my opinion. On the contrary there seemed to be an effort as one person mentioned to "gaslight" the viewer to believing what they were witnessing was a fair enforcement of the rules. This brings me to my third possibility that this is systemic. The networks buy rights to broadcast these games. They pay LOTS of money. They then hire a select few announcers to "narrate" to the viewer. JVG and Mark Jackson are the perfect people to make all sides feel they got screwed. Bill Walton was great at this. This is not just about creating tension but more about creating doubt. Create doubt in the mind of the offended viewer that what they just saw was not as egregious as they feel it is. Because the other side feels the same way. So it has to be fair, right? No, not always. The thumb on the scale only works when it is done in secret. When it is not so obvious that all sides agree it was unfair. That is where you need doubt.
LeBron is a great athlete that made a great shot at a ridiculously crunch moment. That is true. But that moment should not have existed on a fair and balanced playing field. I guess all I am saying is I am questioning why I ever allow myself to believe this is competition, why I allow myself to be subjected to voices telling me something is what I know it isn't. Watching Steph Curry play basketball is pure joy. It has come at a cost to myself and my family however. I am probably getting too deep and tomorrow I will be yelling at my screen like every other fanatic, but right now I feel like Truman has seen the light fall from the sky again. At some point I will have to believe it.
I'm glad our young guys got to have the experience of a high stakes game on arguably one of the brightest stages in basketball. Soak in that moment Jordan Poole, you'll be seeing a lot of those in the future
Marc Gasol made a mistake joining the Lakers. He could have played with the best shooters in the world but now he gets to sit on the bench and watch the best actor in the world.
Missing PMC so here's an article that has some Kerr and Curry quotes:
OKAY - got a good night’s sleep and I’m over it.
What a great game! I don’t care about the final score as much as I care about development. What this team showed us last night was confirmation of what we’ve been suspecting over the past two months, that this homegrown team doesn’t need a Durant or a Giannis to win another championship. They are showing a middle finger to everyone who thought they made a mistake in not trading one or two of the big three to somehow keep Durant (if that was even possible). For those who thought Kerr and the original big three would never recover from the loss of “crafty vets” like Iguodala, Livingston, West, Zaza, Barbosa... the last month has them swallowing their tongues. (Indeed, they managed to keep many in management and coaching!) The Warriors OG are demonstrating AGAIN their enormous talent as well as their ability to teach Warriors small ball.
After the first few games of the season, how could any Warriors fan be upset with what happened last night? Our guys stood toe to toe with the champs and reminded the world they are only one Klay Thompson away from another title.
By the way, there should be no question of WHO the NBA's MVP is, regardless of whether or not the MEDIA/NBA ROB HIM OF ANOTHER ACCOLADE...
Just needed that 3rd scorer this game.
Curry and Wiggins did their thing, Bazemore looked good that 1st quarter and Poole had some big shots, but not the couple that really mattered at the very end of the game. Draymond got stuffed everytime he tried going to the rim...
The King is still the King. Lebron can never be underestimated. We played with heart but luck also has some contribution. Let's face it, Steph and Dray were very sloppy and substract 2 of those TO's and it would have been a different story. Ah well, we are powerless to change outcomes.
What doesn't bode well for me was watching Memphis take SA apart down the stretch. I fear our game with them could end our run if we have a repeat of this sloppiness. Add Klay to this game and we would be #7 ready and willing to dismantle Phoenix.
It’s been a few hours, so we’ve all
had sometime to relax, unwind, come to terms with the loss and think about Memphis....
BUT FOR F$&K SAKE THAT WAS F&$KING RIGGED!!!
HOW THE HELL CAN THE REFS BE SO BLATANT!!!
WHY IS AD SO SOFT??! WHY DOES HE THINK HE IS BATMAN??! HE ISNT EVEN ROBIN. OR IF HE IS , HE IS LIKE AN AWKWARD MIDDLE AGED CHRIS O’DONNELL ROBIN WHO CANT DO COOL SHIT!
Anyway shouting over...now I’m going to watch the Lakers v Sacramento 2002 WCF to make me realise we weren’t shafted as much as that.
Someone else watched part of the Memphis Teddybears’ game? What do you think? Anything else to do apart boxing out the Viking or get six fouls in three minutes for Brooks?
I was drunk or on an airplane for most of this game so take what I'll say with a grain for a salt but I was entirely happy with the supporting cast. Steph and dray had several crucial turnovers and dumb possessions which gave the lakers an advantage. The rest of the team performed admirably. Aside from that one stupid play where Wiggins dropped the ball on a wide open dunk, he did amazing!!
Man, I was so ready to be happy they played a half decent game against the Lakers and lost by ten or so. But this was not that. This was a great game they played.
To the people saying Steph and Dray gave the ball away with turnovers. Look at those plays. Guys are getting stepped into and grabbed all over the court with no calls, all to take away their freedom of movement. When a Laker gets hit with a hard screen, the Warriors are called for an offensive foul, which is itself a turnover. Not every turnover is a lazy pass, and any pass can look like a lazy pass when the cutter you're passing to gets physically stopped on their way to the ball.