As we wind the year down, we here at GSOM are taking a look back at each month of 2023’s biggest Golden State Warriors moments.
Who can forget in April when the Dubs were in a brutal battle with the Sacramento Kings over a seven game series in the first round? And quite frankly, if not for a missed game winner attempt from former Warrior Harrison Barnes in Game 4, the Dubs may not have survived.
I’m not sure when HB burnt up that level of confidence and goodwill from me and apparently many other in Dub Nation. I know it was during the 2016 Finals but WHICH brick from HB was the one where everyone collectively said “this guy is a brickmason”.
But let’s not forget he once shot 40% from beyond the arc as a Dub! And I absolutely remember him daggering the Philadelphia 76ers to protect one of those magical 73 wins during ‘16.
And yet by the time he departed, his name was associated in Dub Nation with wide-open misses and shrinking from the clutch moments. But don’t take my word for it, even Kings’ NBC news reported it:
“Barnes still faces criticism from Warriors fans for his shortcomings in the 2016 NBA Finals. A starter for Golden State, Barnes shot 15.6 percent from the field (5 for 32) over the last three games as the Warriors infamously failed to close out the Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after grabbing a three-games-to-one series lead. Those ended up being Barnes’ final three games in a Warriors uniform.”
But all that didn’t matter when HB was open on the wing for a potential dagger at the end of Game 4. Behold!
That’s a good look for Barnes! Thankfully he missed or the Kings would have taken a very hefty 3-1 lead back to their home fans in Sacramento. There’s a rumor going around that the celebratory moment between Steph and Draymond immediately after that errant killshot was them cackling because they knew HB was gonna miss.