Best Served Cold
You know what they say about revenge, don’t you? Well, there’s a group of basketball players who’ve been know to hoist a few shots in Oakland who can vouch, after Wednesday night’s game, that the old saying is very, very true.
And they have Kevin Durant for playing the Master Chef and serving up a frosty platter to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of Game 3.
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Kevin Durant: Golden State’s Master Chef of revenge
And make no mistake: after the Cavs knifed the Warriors in the back in last year’s Game 7, that win Wednesday night was not just revenge in the form of a return stabbing — it was more like KD took a chainsaw and carved up the James gang like a Texas maniac.
Yes, the coup de grace has yet to be fully delivered. The Dubs still need one more win to finish off their thrice-met opponents. But that looks like a formality now. This series was truly won when Durant made that series of plays to wrest Game 3 away from LeBron and Kyrie and their little friends.
It’s amazing to think that there are still people who question — or at least just dislike — the fact that Durant signed with the Dubs. It made sense then (even before then), and not only does it make sense now, but everything we saw Wednesday night confirmed the necessity of the move. No Durant, no 3-0 lead in the series, and the Warriors would find themselves facing all the same questions over again — and feeling the dread that if it happened before, it most certainly could happen again.
And what might be most remarkable of all is this: Durant made those plays and won that game like he was last year’s aggrieved party, not just his Warriors teammates. It really seems to say something about the Warriors’ team culture that KD would appear to be motivated by a desire to reverse the result for last year’s guys. (The fact that Durant himself has experienced being denied a championship by James plays into it as well.)
The Dubs were teetering on the brink of falling from the highest heights to being just another team with just another one-year breakthrough. Instead, they are about to take their place as maybe just maybe the greatest team in the history of the NBA. Even without a 4-4-4-4, they’ll still be in the conversation just with a second championship.
Served cold and savored throughout a hot summer — a best dish indeed.