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Durant puts on a virtuoso performance at Madison Square Garden, but there’s more than one award to vote for this time

NBA: Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The prestigious “Warriors Wonder” award is consistently and rightfully seized by the MVP’s of the Golden State: Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Occasionally, fellow Olympians Klay Thompson and Draymond Green take the trophy home.

It takes a truly magical performance from any other Warrior to wrest this prize from those superstars. It’s going to get even more difficult after Olympian DeMarcus Cousins, the man referee Scott Foster couldn’t even allow to stay on our bench in Madison Square Garden, makes his stomping return from cryostasis.

So how do we give praise to the heroic efforts of the Golden Empire’s ground troops who complement the superstars’ dominance with hard screens, dogged defense, big rebounds, and timely buckets? I’ve been asked to attempt two-tiered system, one that liberates us from this dilemma.

There could be the “Superstar Tier”, reserved for the team’s heavy hitters who lead our franchise and use regular season games as canvases wherewith to paint their Hall-of-Fame bids.

Then we can initiate something like... the “Golden Sidekick” award, bestowed upon the role-player that most impressed us.

Let’s try it!

Superstar-Tier Warriors Wonder Nominee: Kevin Durant

Well, well, well. The New York Knicks and the NBA media have yet again somehow made New York relevant in the universal hoop-o-sphere. And in the most desperate way possible: by creating a Durant-leaves-the-dynasty-to-resurrect-NY fever dream. Every day, I turn on my television, hoping to hear some nugget of wisdom from a sports talk show.

Instead I get, “Yo, what if Durant went to NY? That would be somethin’, huh!” day after damn day. Well, last night, the New York faithful got to witness up close and personal what would happen if Durant came to the Big Apple: complete annihilation of everything with a Knicks jersey on. I haven’t seen this level of West Coast disrespect to NY since 2Pac released his enduring diss rap, “Hit Em Up”.

Joe Viray broke it down for us in his “Golden Breakdown”; I encourage you to view his frame-by-frame dissection of “The Slim Reaper” cutting the lights off in the arena. Cliff notes: 41 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 17-of-24 shooting from the field (5-of-9 from beyond the arc). He scored 25 points in the fourth quarter. Damn, KD.

Is this what you wanted NBA world? You’re welcome.

Honorable Mentions: Nobody’s talking about Steph Curry going anywhere though. They know exactly where he’s gonna be: up in their grill, lighting ‘em up every damn night. Curry pop-locked his way to 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting (6-of-11 from three-point range). Ho-hum, just the usual nowadays.

Draymond Green also took the lid off of the basket after barely looking for his shot to start the season. He nailed 7-of-8 shots from the field, including two out of his three attempts from downtown. He finished with 18 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals in 32 minutes.

Poll

Which superstar should be the Warriors Wonder in the win over New York?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Steph Curry
    (9 votes)
  • 1%
    Draymond Green
    (3 votes)
  • 25%
    DeMarcus Cousins for getting ejected while inactive
    (44 votes)
  • 67%
    Kevin Durant
    (114 votes)
  • 0%
    Klay Thompson
    (0 votes)
170 votes total Vote Now

The Golden Sidekick Nominee: Jonas Jerebko

Hard to fight with JJ’s 8 points and 7 rebounds in a reserves’ high 19 minutes off of the bench. He’s proving his legitimacy as a floor spacer as well, knocking down 2-of-4 attempts from the arc. He was also a whopping +34 in plus/minus. While that stat can be deceiving, there’s no denying that Jerebko’s presence on the floor is continually a positive for this team.

Honorable Mentions: Alfonso McKinnie showed some strong chemistry with the Dubs’ superstars. He plays with a calmness and steadiness that blends well. He scored 7 points and buried his only three-pointer.

Kevon Looney just seems to always be in the right place at the right time. He made all three his field goals, and all three attempts from the free throw line. He also had two assists in fifteen minutes.

Damian Jones is showing glimpses of menacing defensive potential. His two blocks and two steals show he can be quite a deterrent when he’s feeling confident. Keep it up, young fella!

Poll

Which role player was the Golden Sidekick against New York?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    Jonas Jerebko
    (87 votes)
  • 13%
    Alfonso McKinnie
    (20 votes)
  • 16%
    Kevon Looney
    (24 votes)
  • 5%
    Damian Jones
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Andre Iguodala
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Shaun Livingston
    (1 vote)
144 votes total Vote Now