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. Continue reading Best Served Cold
Goliath Misses David
The Warriors’ collapse in the NBA Finals was so befuddling that it has taken me three days to process it enough to figure out a key element in the loss. Why did the Dubs lose those last three games to Cleveland? What were they missing this year that they had last year?
David Lee, of course. Continue reading Goliath Misses David
Mournful songs are being sung all over the Bay Area this morning. Perhaps not as mournful as the “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”–after all, nobody died from losing last night’s game–but nevertheless laments are in order, because the Golden State Warriors’ ship most certainly went down, its hull shattered after it crashed upon the rock that is LeBron James.
Bye bye Dubs: Stephen Curry walks off in defeat
Once the tears have dried, thoughts will likely turn to wondering how the Warriors lost a championship that they had sewn up.
And make no mistake: the Dubs had that championship won after their Game 4 win and 3-1 lead. There’s a reason no team had ever come back from that deficit in the Finals before. It wasn’t just that none of the previous teams had a player of the caliber of James at their disposal; it was also because teams that take a two game lead with three to play in the Finals are grab that lead because they are so good, championship caliber good. How can such a team not close the deal?
In the case of the Warriors, that question will likely boil down to one simple either/or: did Golden State break down physically, or mentally?