April 15th is quite a date in world history. It’s the day that President Abraham Lincoln passed away after being shot by John Wilkes Booth. It’s also the official date that the “unsinkable” Titanic sunk. And finally, it’s a day a many Americans collapse in frustration after being shocked by how little they are gonna get back on their tax returns.
4/15 is rough.
So perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised the Golden State Warriors would blow a 31 point lead at home to an 8th seed as DeMarcus Cousins’ quad exploded. What a terrible moment in Warriors history.
Normally, I avoid daytime sports talk TV shows after a humiliating loss. Hearing a bunch of guys finally get one of their five chances per year to vent about how much they think the Warriors are frauds usually isn’t a great way to start my day.
But today, I wanted to hear it. Nay, I NEEDED to.
“First Take’s” conclusion: Kevin Durant’s mentally weak and the Warriors are historic choke artists. Well damn, I didn’t know three titles in four years and KD’s two Finals MVP’s were so lightly regarded.
Let’s go to First Things First.
“First Things First” conclusion: The Warriors will miss Cousins dearly, and KD needs a “Patrick Beverley exorcism”. They referenced the 2004 Lakers that lost starter Rick Fox and were ousted by the San Antonio Spurs, failing to reach a four-peat...and how that’s a possible parallel to the Rockets vs Warriors in Round 2.
Fortunately the Warriors still have Andrew Bogut, Kevon Looney, and Jordan Bell, all who have played major contributions in eliminating the James Harden’s Rockets in series past. They won’t be shook by the bright lights (well maybe Bell might be, we’ll see).
Finally let’s swing it over to Skip and Shannon.
“Undisputed’s” conclusion: The Warriors will instantly become a better defensive team without Cousins. Also, Beverley is locking up Durant, and Curry isn’t clutch.
Damn. I never thought I’d see the day when the 6’1 Beverley would be known as the KD-stopper!
Wellp, that wasn’t as bad as I thought. Besides, what’s the point of rooting for the champs if you can’t take a little bit of razzing every now and then? I was cheering for the team back when they were legitimately horrendous; if I could take that shame, surely I can live through blowing a 31-point lead.
Maybe this is what the Warriors need, to go back to their “We Believe” roots and actually have to overcome some doubt. Perhaps the team is tired of being the overwhelming favorite... every dominating victory is met with a “duh they’re so good”, and every bad loss turns into a referendum on how they secretly don’t like each other.
Some teams are good enough to win big despite some chemistry and injury issues. I've been around a few. We'll see if the 2019 Warriors are one of those teams.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 16, 2019
Let’s just go ahead and call the Clippers the favorite for the rest of the series and just go back to fervently hoping our team will win, as opposed to expecting it. Maybe that way the players can feel like their backs are against the wall and actually keep a 31-point lead?
How doyou feel about the Beverley vs KD matchup going into Game 3?
This poll is closed
There’s nothing Durant can do against this tiny man, we should have kept Harrison Barnes
Durant is going to BBQ chicken P-Bev on sight next game
It’s not really Beverley alone; the Clippers are homing in on KD at all times with help defenders
KD’s actually playing really well, the media is hyping all this nonsense up
One more note on the 4-15 thing: “415” is the San Francisco area code where the Warriors will be moving next year. RUH ROH!