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Five Warriors videos to watch with the NBA on hold

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You can’t watch any live Warriors games, but there’s still some Warriors to watch

Sacramento Kings v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

There’s no NBA right now — not for a few months at the very least. That means there’s no Golden State Warriors to watch.

If you’re sad about it, join the club. Let’s hang out together, being sad about the lack of Warriors on the TV.

Who knew we’d miss such a disastrously bad team so much?

But thanks to the glorious world of YouTube, you don’t need your evenings and social distancing to be completely devoid of Warriors basketball. There’s so much basketball content on “the YouTube” that you could watch Warriors highlights 24 hours a day until basketball returns, and you still wouldn’t run out of clips to watch.

Don’t take that as a challenge. Please. I love the Warriors as much as anyone, but please limit your consumption of YouTube highlights to 10 hours a day. You have got to pace yourselves.

So let’s whittle it down a little bit, to find the best Warriors videos to watch while you wait for the Warriors to return.

1. Klay Thompson’s 37-point quarter

As a person who loves nothing in basketball more than a perfect jump shot, Klay Thompson heating up is the single greatest thing I’ve ever witnessed on a basketball court.

Which means that Thompson’s 37-point third quarter against the Sacramento Kings during the 2014-15 season — the start of the Dubs dynasty — is my all-time most enjoyable moment in basketball history.

Sadly the video with the full, uninterrupted quarter has been removed from YouTube, but you can still watch all 37 points, with the local feed:

I watch this video a lot, and I’m always enthralled by a few things.

  • At the 7:30 mark in the quarter, Klay has a mere five points. He’s already 4:30 into the quarter and he’s still got 32 points to go.
  • After 13 points Bob Fitzgerald exclaims, “Oh, he’s feeling it. He’s absolutely feeling it.” He still had 24 points to go! Fitzgerald then proclaims that Klay wants a heat check. With, again, 24 more points to go!
  • With just over 3 minutes remaining, Thompson still has just 19 points. It’s been a great quarter, but there’s no indication it’s something special until he ends in a flurry.
  • I still have no idea how he finished that alley-oop. He seemingly went through the rim instead of over it.
  • Andre Iguodala filming the final free throws from the bench is amazing.

It’s just a perfect basketball moment.

2. Bang! Bang!

We relived this the other day on the four-year anniversary, but it’s worth reliving again.

There’s isn’t a single-play highlight in Warriors history like this one. And it truly never gets old.

And hey, I get it, you’re stuck indoors, you want more than a 34-second video. So how about we just run all of Curry’s highlights from that game?

Unanimous MVP, baby. Don’t you forget it.

3. Steph Curry’s plays of the decade

Has there ever been a more fun player in NBA history?

That was a rhetorical question.

Thankfully the good folks at the league office have put together a highlight package of all of Chef Curry’s best plays from the decade. It’s 13 minutes long, and absolutely mesmerizing.

I almost forgot how good he is.

4. Klay Thompson’s 60-point game

29 minutes. 11 dribbles. 60 points.

Not sure we’ll ever see anything like this again. Or anything like Curry’s celebrations to his teammate’s hot hand.

5. 2015 NBA Finals mini movie

You got some time? I’m guessing yes. So here’s a compilation of all six mini movies from the 2015 NBA Finals— more than half an hour of high quality video, behind-the-scenes shots, and eventually, celebrations.

Happy times.

BONUS FOOTAGE

Because I love you all. Go Dubs.