About halfway through the second quarter, as the Warriors scuffled along in an all too familiar haze, I had serious concerns about what I was going write about for today’s Warrior Wonder.
Then, as Fitz presented Jim Barnett with a Town jersey with the number 25 on it to honour Barnett’s contributions in the broadcasting booth, it hit me.
Here’s a guy who has brought wisdom, intelligence, insight, humour, and yes charm, to the sideline every single night for the last 25 years. Is there really any other Warrior Wonder? He’s even out on Twitter talking trash!
Out of respect for the mighty Jim Barnett I’m not going to pile in, but I will say this. I’ve been to Camden Town. I have friends who live in Camden Town. Dammit I’ve lived in the mighty borough of Camden. It’s a cool place. So if you’re carrying that handle, you got to live up to the moniker.
The kraken awakens
But then something happened. Draymond Green took a hard foul on the fast break. Already with one technical, he looked mighty peeved. All of a sudden the fire was there. It gave the Warriors the jolt of life they needed and I knew there was no turning back.
It really is hard to make the case for a Warrior Wonder for a player who shot 4-17, though Tom made it expertly. With Green, it’s all about the intensity. He is, quite simply, the heartbeat of the team. One half of the Yin and Yang that powers this dynasty.
It’s fair to say this year his effort and focus has been a bit up and down, and at times he’s verged on the grumpy. Not surprising really when he’s one of the five Warriors who’ve been to three straight finals, and he’s been battling the leagues bigs all the way. He even fitted in an Olympic gold medal in the midst of all that.
Nights like tonight make me think we’ll be alright when the playoffs roll around. When Draymond is locked in he is the sparkplug, the connecting rod, the whole damn engine that gets this mighty machine going.
He even teaches the children. Science, yo.
Draymond Green's animated description of his delay of game and then technical, using science: "I am a solid," he says of his body pic.twitter.com/sqHS8TD02V— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 9, 2018
Overall, he finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and two blocks and two steals in a fairly typical Draymond Green stat line.
A more orthodox choice
If you were so minded to go with a more traditional choice, either of Kevin Durant or Steph Curry would be a perfectly deserving pick. Both only played 30 minutes in the end but put up some impressive stats in that time.
Durant finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.
Meanwhile Curry had 20 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds, and one absolutely preposterous scoop layup that seemingly dropped down from the heavens.
Oh, and he keeps climbing those charts.
With four threes tonight, Stephen Curry (2,086 career threes) passed Vince Carter (2,082) for sole possession of seventh place on the NBA’s all-time three-pointers list.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 9, 2018
It was Klay Thompson’s birthday today, and he had a decent night with 18 points, five rebounds and four assits. But the real Warrior Wonder was one really disturbing cake.
You going to make the man eat his own dog?! That’s sick.
Here’s what our birthday boy had to say about it all.
Klay Thompson said he’s excited to see Rocco’s reaction when he sees the cake.— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) February 9, 2018
I asked Klay how he plans on cutting into the Rocco cake. He said he will probably chop off the head.— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) February 9, 2018
Much ink has been spilled on the topic of the Warriors bench. But throughout the season David West has continued to excel. Tonight he had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and a block and a steal in 17 minutes.
Andre Iguodala has not had such a good year. But a +26 on the night shows he’s still got something there. He had 5 points, 3 assists, and a couple of rebounds, steals and blocks in a solid outing.
Plus crucially this.
Iguodala made a 3. Literally nothing else matters this game.— Andy Liu (@AndyKHLiu) February 9, 2018
The Warriors hadn’t hit the 30+ assists mark for 5 games. Well that unsettling streak ended tonight. Some of the touchdown passes made their mark for some beautiful highlights, aided by the Mavericks looking like, well the pre-All Star break Warriors, with their transition defense.
Who was your Warrior Wonder tonight?
Who was your Warrior Wonder against the Mavericks?
This poll is closed
Jim Barnett’s trash talk
Draymond Green science tutorial
Kevin Durant’s efficient all round game
Steph Curry climbing the charts
Klay Thompson’s birthday cake
David West’s continued excellence
Andre Iguodala hitting a three
The Warriors 37 assists
The mighty borough of Camden