Warriors Wonder Nominee: Stephen Curry
The Clippers were the last team to eliminate the Warriors from the Western Conference playoffs. As a result, Curry appears to have taken a blood oath to destroy them for the rest of his life. When the Warriors had their most dramatic dissension in an overtime loss to the Clippers earlier this year, Dub Nation grumbled how none of it would have happened if Curry hadn’t missed the game recuperating from a groin injury.
I know Warriors fans were referring mainly to how Curry’s calming leadership would have influenced Draymond Green and Kevin Durant to chill out. But, I’m not sure if they were aware that Curry’s presence would have pretty much guaranteed a loss for the Clippers that time if we take a look at recent history.
Stephen Curry’s 14-game win streak against the LA Clippers has featured five games in which the Golden State Warriors trailed by double digits, only for Curry to have a part in a comeback win, including Sunday night in Oakland. The Clippers led the Warriors 71-60 with 1:32 left in the first half
—Nick Friedell, ESPN
His 42 point effort in the victory against the Clippers last night was a loud reminder that he, not Steve Ballmer, took the team’s ownership rights from Donald Sterling. To do it he had to first crush the All-Defense tag team of feisty guards, Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverly. #lightwork
Godfather of Warriors journalism Monte Poole shared his thoughts and a cute Curry quote:
They would throw Avery Bradley, a two-time All-Defensive team selection, at Curry to start the game.
Then they would turn things over to Patrick Beverley, also a two-time All-Defensive team pick – and a Hall of Fame irritant.
Good try. But, no. Two elite defenders, two utter failures, both cooked to a crisp by an intimidation-resistant man who thrives on supposedly difficult challenges.
Between the team’s success and winning his individual matchups, this was, for him, the height of delight – not that he would admit it.
“Good try,” Curry replied when asked if he felt a little something extra going against the Bradley-Beverley tag team.
“Great question. Good try, though.”
He even took the time to irritate the “irritant” Beverly with an audacious flex after offensive rebound!!
Steph ain't backing down pic.twitter.com/mRMNqRQBLE— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 24, 2018
Watching Beverly’s frustration gripe to the referee almost made my night. What did make my night was that game-winning layup Curry nailed with .5 seconds left.
STEPH FOR THE WIN!!!! pic.twitter.com/CHhMnkG7aw— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 24, 2018
Warriors Wonder Nominee: Kevin Durant
Durant ripped off another monster box score: 35 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks.
And this was one night after he broke the heart of the Dallas Mavericks with a deep bomb in the closing seconds.
Durant is putting up preposterous box scores night in and night out with supreme ease. His block on Montrezl Harrell emphatically reminded Oracle that there was no way in hell they were going to lose that night to the Clippers.
What a block by Durant pic.twitter.com/9vYvdIYNcV— Grant Liffmann (@GrantLiffmann) December 24, 2018
That may be my favorite block of KD’s since he became a Warrior. His two way dominance is what separates him in high-leverage situations. He led all Warriors in plus/minus with a +13. Man, I’m glad he’s on our side!
Honorable Mention: Draymond Green had 14 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals. He even made two three-pointers and let the Clippers bench hear about it.
Who was the Warriors Wonder in the Clippers game?
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The Golden Sidekick Nominee: Kevon Looney
The young big man came off of the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and added 7 rebounds. He was the only rotation player to have a positive plus/minus with a +3. In the playoff-like atmosphere, Loon once again proved he belongs.
Jonas Jerebko started and although he couldn’t duplicate his big scoring night from the evening before in Dallas, his hustle and grit were invaluable for the champs.
Who was the Golden Sidekick in the Warriors win over the Clippers?
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