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This Week in Weaponized Joy! KD and Steph trade game winners

Steph, KD, and Klay all had reasons to celebrate the week of Christmas 2018!

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Ah yes, there’s nothing like “Weaponized Joy”.

It is the fuel of the Golden State Warriors dynasty...but it’s been relatively scarce this holiday season for a fan base that has become chemically dependent on it. There were a lot of disappointed Dub Nation members who were hoping for some Christmas victory to go with their eggnog and instead got a heaping serving of Ivica Zubac and the Lakers.

In this week’s highlight installment, we look back over the Warriors surviving the Mavericks and Clippers before stumbling to the Lake Show and Trail Blazers.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

“Turn Down For What”/Steph and Boogie hype up Klay to keep shooting

Klay Thompson gets mobbed by two fellow All-Stars on the bench after knocking down a 4-point play.

Why this should be #1: Klay is mired in arguably the worst shooting slump of his career. For a future Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest shooters of all-time, the 33% he’s shooting from beyond the arc is an abomination.

(Random fun fact: Did you know that’s about the same percentage Kobe Bryant shot for his career from downtown?)

Klay had another awful night shooting in Portland, going 6-for-19 from the field and 2-for-9 from three-point range. He even let the world know that unless you’re Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, or Larry Bird he doesn’t give a damn what you think about his shooting. But there’s nothing like some encouragement from his superstar teammates to bring a smile to his face.

Steph and DeMarcus showered him with big time exhortation in front of the Oakland faithful after a spectacular three-pointer while being fouled.

We know Klay isn’t losing confidence anytime, and it’s great to know his teammates have his back.

“Slow Down”/Steph blows by Clippers in final seconds for game-winning layup

Slow motion video of “Unanimous” burying the Clippers for the night.

The reason this is #1: Steph zoomed past Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell like a 2006 Dodge Charger gassing through a yellow light at that 4-way intersection between High Street and San Leandro St. in East Oakland.

Not only that, but this game winner kept the Warriors from losing to the most accurate shooting barrage in NBA history.

What about the Warriors bench standing up like the rest of Oracle knowing Curry was about to deliver the killshot?

Feels good to have the greatest point guard alive reppin’ “The Town”.

“Turn Off the Lights”/Durant shushes Dallas with his signature shot

Kevin “The Slim Reaper” Durant daggers 7-footer DeAndre Jordan to end the game.

This is clearly #1 because: What goes through a defender’s mind when KD calmly hops into his favorite spot 26 feet away from the basket as the clock winds down? Do they already know they are dead? Or do they hold out hope that a miracle will happen and Durant won’t hit his signature sonic boom?

Durant doesn’t scream or throw out an obligatory taunt with a shot of this magnitude. He walks away from the dagger into the heart of the Mavericks with the calm focus of a PG&E man cutting off the electricity to a delinquent residence.

Oracle and his teammates didn’t find it so mundane however, as they blew the roof off of the building. #JOY


Who weaponized the most joy during the week of Christmas?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    "Turn Down For What"/Steph and Boogie hype up Klay to keep shooting
    (5 votes)
  • 45%
    "Slow Down"/Steph blows by Clippers in final seconds for game-winning layup
    (10 votes)
  • 31%
    "Turn Off the Lights"/Durant shushes Dallas with his signature shot
    (7 votes)
22 votes total Vote Now