Don’t worry about Game 7…you aint going to see it!
113-99 was all she wrote the night before Friday the 13th, as it was unlucky for the San Antonio Spurs as the Oklahoma City Thunder put them to bed in a Game 6 nightmare. Kevin Durant played Freddy Kruger with 37 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Whilst slasher Russell Westbrook cut down the nets again with more daggers in the form of 28 points. Shooting down the Spurs’ series like he did in San An, Game 5. Or that Game 4 momentum swinging, circus, clutch shot three that hit everything, including the iron, backboard and the rafters in the roof they’ll soon hang banners from before going down. Did you see it? Because most of his teammates played monkey emoji as they couldn’t believe their eyes.
Believe it’s over though! Game…set and maybe even career for Tim Duncan? The greatest Power Forward of all-time isn’t calling it quits like Kobe just yet after 20 years of service. But who knows come press time? The 40 year-old greatest Spur out in the Wild West needs to have “a think about life”, but fundamentally you know the robot would like to pass on another crafted championship off the assembly line to like minded prototype player LaMarcus Aldridge, along with the Texan torch like the Admiral did to him before David Robinson left port.
Still with Timmy, Tony and Manu’s future up in the air at least their dynamic duo ones isn’t. In the wake of the big-three, post man Aldridge and reigning Defensive Player Of The Year (again), repeating like Curry after a bad night, Kawhi Leonard have enough room on their fingers for many rings to come.
Still in OKC they have the ‘dynamite duo’ and the greatest one, two punch since Shaq and Kobe out in the year 2000, dynasty made Lakerland. How can we not feel the need to talk about Kevin? Next to King James, Durant has his own throne and he’s the leagues last Most Valuable Player (Hey Mom!) since some guy called Steph Curry with some “shot”. And next to Chef Curry’s greatest in the game, video game perfect play comes another unconventional Point in the changing of the guard, small ball revolution of this new hoops world with the sliders rolled to 100. And the most fashionable player in the Association also looks good on the hardwood catwalk his sick sneakers slide and polish. As a matter of fact he may not be better, but the dunking dynamo Russell Westbrook is electric and a more exciting and entertaining player than the baby faced assassin.
Yeah we said it…that’s what the comments section is for.
Now out in the go hard or go fishing Oakland the only thing that stands in the perfect partnerships way is one MVP and his band of Warriors and brothers ready to splash. From Klay Thompson to Draymond Green its all golden in the state of California. But sometimes it rains on that side of the Pacific and the Thunder are about to hit town like an umbrella and waterproof day. And you best believe Westbrook heading back to the state that held his UCLA alumnus can run that Golden Gate Bridge into the water like TMC.
Just look at his face. The fire. The desire. The 73-game, best of all-time ‘Dubs are having an even better year than their champagne campaign last, but these Warriors have been wounded and if the Thunder want to strike them down too their time to do it is right now.
Sorry ‘Bron but you don’t need to worry about the next round…THIS is the NBA finals.
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
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
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.