Come at him all you want! Throw all your rocks! He’s heard it all before and we’ve for sure seen it all before. You best believe it.
But what happens when the King misses?
First it was Steph Curry with the MVP. Now with one more shot it looks like Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors with the victory. After Game 5’s 104-91 win over the Cavs, the Dubs have it on a plate. 3-2 up in this epic duel, with a chance to finish this series and win their first finals in 40 years of Warrior NBA basketball. Even if they don’t take the next game closer, they are sitting comfortably on a two game cushion if complacency doesn’t set it.
This see-sawing series has seen as many would-be victor changes as lead ones and the NBA’s highest ever rated series could go the full hog of seven games, which is surely what all the networks want.
Just like they want a new face for the future, in the form of the baby-smiled assassin of chef Stephen Curry. Complete with famous pops, fan-favorite mom and the cutest kid and press conference highlight in the funny and fond form of his WNBA star of the future, daughter Riley Curry.
With family values at the top of every league pass holding households list, this kid is the peoples MVP…not just the one of the greater Bay Area of Oakland, California. This season even with the heartwarming homecoming in Ohio, it seems that Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had replaced the King of LeBron James in more ways than one. Now, armed with a bigger three in himself than LeBron’s injured special K’s, it looks like Curry is about to take James’ throne too…even if the King can still produce an upset to more than just those couch fans crying that he doesn’t have what it takes.
Even if the wine and gold doesn’t see that and champagne this year, what LeBron has done and is doing is beyond the measure of a true winner and champion. Especially without Love and all that hate, whilst holding guard without a point. The Cavs have only the brilliant but brief lights of guys like J.R. Smith and Matthew Delladevoa to go against Golden State’s bridges of Golden Gate Warrior charging talents, from Klay Thompson to Draymond Green. Even the Bay’s former All-Star veteran ball players are better as the dunking likes of Andre Igudola and Shawn Marion duke it out.
Which is why in putting on that Jordan-esque number 23 for his city of Cleveland yet again, LeBron has truly become a Cavalier in more ways than one dotted line decision. Let’s just for a second get our minds round the post headband career of a guy that even as a first-game Rookie back in the day was putting up Oscar worthy numbers.
Or we could just spell it out to you with digits…
Game 1: 44 Points, 8 Rebounds, 6 Assists.
Game 2: 39 Points, 16 Rebounds, 11 Assists.
Game 3: 40 Points, 12 Rebounds, 8 Assists.
Game 4: 20 Points, 12 Rebounds, 8 Assists.
Game 5: 40 Points, 12 Rebounds, 11 Assists,
Game 6…his whole heart and soul…
…and then some.
He could really be the logo now in a East by Jerry West valiant losing effort of a value most high. This icon is playing that symbolic. If you thought last Summer was the storybook stage of LeBron’s legend and legacy, than you didn’t see this coming. This is his classic chapter, his most inspired and influential incarnation. And the rest is still to be wrote. No matter what the critical ink spells out, smudged short of drying. With Jordan like highs of dominance and the rearview of Kobe’s career no longer shining in blinding taillights, this road is still LeBron’s for the taking. After showing the Big Game James of Houston’s Harden that he better keep that name, because he’s the one, true King, LeBron now has Curry left standing in his way, to move aside like he has done Kevin Durant for the last couple of stormy Thunder seasons. Now King ‘Bron is averaging finals points in the greatest of all-time, top 40 ranks and in the truth be told tale of numbers is closer to Golden State Warriors legend Rick Barry than and that the hot, can’t miss shooting of Steph Curry (that maybe shooting from those downtown San Fran sloped roads right now) should be.
After it’s all said and done, LeBron is the one, even if he doesn’t have another left in the tank. In a series marked by dehydrated stars and hospitalized game winners, what is the measure of all a man’s exhaustion in all it’s blood, sweat and tears…and years? Sometimes it doesn’t add to a champagne perspired, soaked number 23 propped up by Larry O’Brien in tears. Sometimes that’s not the state of gold. Sometimes a winner is more than just the victory, the trophy or the throne. Sometimes a King is more than his castle. Sometimes apart of that army in battle, a true Warrior doesn’t have to have that wrote across his chest.
Sometimes an MVP belongs somewhere else too. Somewhere where value isn’t measured in gold rings, but in someone who by going full circle has done the most.
Now play on Most Valuable Player.
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the teams spiritual sixth man, spark plug. As electric as the paddock like perimeter fence surrounding them feels with this buzz over basketball (and national sport hockey come Leaf picking season), this crowd can’t be contained.
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic though, like it was all the basketball God’s plan.
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.