After the disaster of Game 2, I wrote an embarrassed memorial to that game, hoping that the venting would provide a healthy catharsis. Now, after the chilling destruction the Golden State Warriors exacted on a helpless Los Angeles Clippers squad in Game 3, it’s time to revel in the fandom of an unstoppable dynasty.
I never thought I’d root for a team that was so good that 30-point leads in playoff games at home could bore them. But that’s the uncharted territory Golden State Warriors fans found themselves in after a shameful collapse to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night. Since the champs were in L.A. I think it’s only right to express my post-Game 2 reaction in a Jack Nicholson gif.
But that falling-asleep-at-the-wheel moment may have finally reactivated the very thing the NBA fears and Dub Nation craves...an enraged Warriors team. Throughout this dynastic run, the Warriors are at their best when they feel disrespected.
The 2015 title run? Fiery redemption for all those years the Warriors were the joke of the NBA
Draymond Green: "People hate change. People don't accept change well. They're used to GS just floating around the bottom of the league."— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) October 13, 2015
The 73 wins? Payback for getting called lucky.
Getting Kevin Durant? Vengeance for the “Warriors blew a 3-1” lead memes.
Going 16-1 in the 2017 playoffs? Soaking up the “Super Villains” hatred.
Draymond Green on the Warriors villain role: "Boo. Then eventually you'll shut up. And I'll laugh." pic.twitter.com/iTh8wGM74j— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 28, 2016
Destroying the LeBron James-era Cavaliers forever? Payback for the 2016 Finals loss/Halloween Party
But what happens to joyful fury deferred? It’s hard to keep that competitive edge when the entire league is in ashes. The Dubs have had a hard time channeling that intensity this season, cruising to 58 wins and a #1 seed in the toughest conference in basketball.
Game 2 interrupted that cruise control, as the Dubs Mystery Van veered off of the highway to the Larry O’Brien trophy and landed in a ditch. For a couple days the Warriors had to hear that they were choke artists, soft, front-runners, had poor team chemistry, and that the diminutive Patrick Beverley was a Kevin Durant stopper.
You fools. Why would you ever poke the sleeping giant? And when I say giant, I’m referring to both the Warriors dynasty, and their 7-foot assassin Durant. But you know who he is, right?
Wednesday:— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 19, 2019
"I’m Kevin Durant. You know who I am."
38 PTS | 60 FG% | 30 MIN pic.twitter.com/gpoWdQ6qiJ
Kevin Durant through only three quarters— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 19, 2019
38 points, most since Feb 10th
23 shot attempts, most since March 23rd
10 attempted 3s, most since Feb 27th
Peep Steph Curry's celebration after Kevin Durant lost SGA pic.twitter.com/ZAOlaNzcWa— Chris Montano (@gswchris) April 19, 2019
THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. BURY THESE FRAUDS ALIVE.
Ahem, it was great to see the champs getting that chip on their shoulder again. There’s a reason the Dubs are heavy favorites to get their third consecutive title, and fourth in five years. When they decide to crush a team, there is nothing that can stop them.
Do you know who Kevin Durant is?
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I’m not sure, was he the tall guy pouring BBQ sauce down Patrick Beverley’s jersey in Game 3?