The Cost of Being a Sensation


All year, the Golden State Warriors showboated. They had good reason to, their basketball was often, literally, unbelievable. The clip with which they take, and make, shots that would be considered objectively bad, were it not for all-time shooting from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Pullups from over 30 feet. 1 on 2, 3, 4 3-pointers. No-look and behind the back passes with aplomb. All part of the Golden State experience which yielded a record-breaking season worthy of the praise heaped upon it. The best part of their flair seemed to be how back-breaking they were to their opponents as they finished off another one of their 73 (and counting) victims.

It worked for the first half, when the Warriors went on 8–0, 7–0, 8–0 runs, tuned the Thunder up in transition, and had them inches away from a nail-in-the-coffin three. But the Thunder didn’t stop. Westbrook led the charge throughout the 3rd quarter and played clean offense and crisp defense.

In the waning minutes, Golden State tried to harness what makes them a basketball experience to overcome the deficit they found themselves in. It didn’t work. The one-man fastbreaks were fruitless. A no-look Curry pass found its way into the stands. The whirling dervish offense didn’t whirl or derv.

Kerr will have his squad ready to play a more clean offensive game. Some of those shots will fall. But they might also fall on the other side, where Durant and Westbrook missed two-thirds of their shots. That’s what’s most exciting about this series: it can somehow, only get better.