Time: 6:30 pm PST
Radio: KNBR 1050
We've had celebrities attend the games. We've also had an R&B sensation sing possibly the sexist rendition of the national anthem ever. We've also got some hatin' sports critics finally showin' us some love on national television.
But all that doesn't mean much unless we get that fourth win! C'mon Warriors, LETS TURN THIS MUTHA OUT!!! (Some old-school reference for y'all pre-hyphy, pre-mobbin' Bay Area hip-hop heads.)
Tonight could be the night the Dubs finally win a playoff series! It's been more than 15 years since the last time the Warriors made it out of the first round. And people thought Kevin Garnett's got it bad...
Last time the Warriors won a playoff series, MC Hammer was blessin' the airwaves and the country with "2 Legit 2 Quit." Maybe we should bring him back for the sake of nostalgia and goodluck?
The Warriors head to Dallas for what looks to be another grudge match. In Game 4, the Warriors showed heart and maturity as a team, closing out a close game they probably would have lost if this was a few weeks ago. Despite a more focused and balanced Dallas team effort, the Warriors looked undaunted, led by the "bodyguard" Baron Davis. Like their leader, the rest of the Warriors sacrificed their bodies going for blocks, rebounds, loose balls, and charges. The Warriors know they need another effort like this if they're going to beat the Mavs. They didn't get 67 wins playing this bad all season.
Was this the cultural reference that Kenny Smith was using to describe Davis? If so, we know we're protected!
The Warriors will DEFINITELY have their work cut out for them playing in Dallas. As we've noticed, home court advantage seems to create some insane blindspots in the referees' judgment (see foul disparities in all games for more details). Pietrus finally emerged from what seemed like a month-old funk to provide some offensive, but more importantly, defensive support off the bench. As much as Davis is able to carry the team on his back, does it also make others cringe every time he hits the deck on his fearless drives? As much as we need him, we need others to step up. The Warriors need more help from Monta Ellis but also TMNHarrington. We all know that Nellie was exaggerating when he said he would go to a six man rotation, but considering how little we saw of both Monta and Harrington in game four, something tells me he will pull out any game plan necessary to get the Dubs to the next round.
Lets hope the Dubs shock the world tonight and more importantly, make Charles Barkley eat his words (what doesn't he eat?). He's already conceded publicly that the Dubs played fantastic in Game 4 and are "fun to watch." Maybe he'll even wear a Warriors jersey?
Vegas odds: Mavs by 9 (as of 9:15am PST)
- Warriors by 1
- Ellis becomes the most improved player of the series, going off for 18 points.
- Biedrins plays some solid D and makes plays that are not reflected in the stat sheet.
- Barnes, the "UCLA legend," hits three 3-pointers, finishing with a solid 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
- Terry punches someone where it hurts the most- and people think Jax has a temper!
- Too Short's "Blow the Whistle" is the anthem for the night. The refs make some REALLY bad calls.
Make sure to give us your predictions in the comments before tip off and post any comments you have during the game right here.
UPDATE: Live Box Score from Yahoo!
UPDATE 2: Warriors lose 112-118.
Stay tuned for the recap...