I'm doing something different for tonight's recap. Listen, there's no way I'm going to be able to write anything coherent on a Friday night, or Saturday morning for that matter. So: the recap is coming in as a MadLib! I wanted to post the template in advance, found below. Blanks will be filled in whenever my brain starts to function well enough to operate light machinery (a computer).
Boy, what a _____ game. On a Friday night in Oakland, the _____ came away with a HUGE win over the _____, and I couldn't be _____.
Going into this game, there was a ton of intrigue. Would the Warriors actually take a 2-1 lead over the heralded, legendary Spurs of San Antonio, a 2 seed to our lowly 6th? Would our heroes in blue and yellow protect their homecourt, the best in the league, and treat their rabid and ravenous fanbase with another glorious victory? Or would the ageless Tim Duncan lead his squad into Oakland and take back homecourt advantage for the favored team? Would the Warriors keep playing like a team that might, just might, be — at worst — evenly matched with the Spurs, and at best, just plain better? Or would Coach Popovich solve the incendiary actions of the Splash Brothers and prove to a world of born-again Spurs-doubters that they're still one of the top teams playing on hardwood?
And wow, did we get some answers tonight. The _____ showed us that they are, in fact, _____. I mean, they just looked _____ tonight, scoring at will from _____ while showing that defensively, they are _____. Let's be honest, they downright _____ the _____ — it was a _____, to be sure.
One of the big keys to tonight's game was Stephen Curry — he was absolutely _____. He had a relatively poor game, for his new playoff standard, on Wednesday in San Antonio, and he followed that up with _____. His long-range shot was _____ for _____ of the night, and that proved to be a big deal for the _____ — they were _____ to _____ that onslaught of _____. The Spurs _____ Curry all night long, and that was critical to the outcome, to be sure.
Another key player for the Warriors tonight was _____. He did a _____ job of _____, not to mention _____ and _____. He also _____ in the _____. And we really shouldn't overlook _____, as that was just _____.
Meanwhile, for the Spurs, what really surprised me was _____. If _____ hadn't _____, this would have been a whole different ballgame. Instead, something else transpired (h/t Jim Barnett!): and my god was it _____. Could you ever have guessed, in your wildest dreams, that _____, and that _____? Incredible. I'm stunned.
I get emotional about the Dubs, and let me tell you: right now I'm feeling all kinds of _____. It makes me so _____ to see our guys _____ and _____, leading to _____ and making me shed drunken tears of _____. The one moment in tonight's game that really got me was _____ — that sequence was pivotal in how it affected _____.
There were some plays by Jarrett Jack tonight that were super frustrating, as always. He definitely made some good contributions, and I still don't think we always give him the credit he deserves, but, like — remember that time where he started driving into the teeth of the defense, and you're expecting him to kick it out, but instead the play just fizzles and results in a bad shot? Ah well, take the good with the bad. (Note that this paragraph has had no blanks filled.)
And look at that mopey bastard Andris Biedrins. No minutes for him again, thank goodness. (Again, no bold text needed.)
The stat of the night was definitely _____. This really showed that _____. God really? I'm adding a blank for a stat of the night, while expecting myself to potentially fill it in at 11:30PM on a Friday night? I don't like numbers on a good day! Ah well, let's see what happens.
Ok, let's get to tonight's Warrior Wonder. The winner tonight, of course, is...
Tonight, this guy battled. He got the job done. It was a process, but at the end of the day, he walks away with a Warrior Wonder and well-deserved. I couldn't be more proud.
Well, that'll do it for tonight. What a game. And how big is Sunday's matinee contest looming now? It sure feels like whoever takes home the Mother's Day victory is going to win this series and move on to the Western Conference Finals. Tonight's game really set up that pivotal game 4, and I can't wait to see if the Warriors are able to _____.