Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors still do not care what we think.
This morning we are showering the greatest NBA dynasty of all time with praise and admiration. Many of those compliments are coming from the same mouths that had questions for the Warriors before last night’s crucial game six.
No Kevin Durant. No Demarcus Cousins. Steph has been struggling. Does Klay really want out?
The Warriors had every excuse in the book to wilt away and make room for a new champion. No one would have blamed them. After all, two of their starters were sidelined and we hadn’t seen a situation where the Splash Brothers were forced to be front and center this year. Despite all of the swirling talk, the two-time defending champs were not interested in the narrative. It was just about winning. With each other.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 11, 2019
Stephen Curry, the greatest shooter to ever live, displayed the mandatory short memory necessary for championship athletes. An 0-5 first half with three fouls turned into a 33-point fireworks display in the second half. The funny memes from the half disappeared as 23 of those game in the final quarter where Curry went full “Chef” on Houston going 6/8 from the field 8/8 from the line with zero turnovers.
It was a fitting performance from the future Hall-of-Famer who has produced beyond expectations from day one. The scary part going forward is that he was not alone despite having two all-star teammates sidelined.
11 players played for the Warriors last night for the first time this post-season. All 11 were needed.
Draymond Green continued his tremendous post-season by playing lockdown defense and creating for others while hitting the glass. Klay Thompson dropped 21 points in the first half to keep the Dubs afloat with Curry in foul trouble. Kevon Looney’s stock continues to rise with 14 points in 20 big minutes that included several key offensive rebounds.
This victory was much more than just sealing another trip to the Western Conference Finals.
Golden State could possibly add Kevin Durant AND Demarcus Cousins during the Western Conference Finals. I don’t have to spell out what that means going forward. Both the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets will make easier matchups on paper than the Rockets.
DeMarcus Cousins working on his baseline jumper as he rehabs from quadriceps injury #Warriors pic.twitter.com/M864BEPaon
— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) May 8, 2019
Make no mistake, the Warriors will need Kevin Durant back in order to win the championship. A finals matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard will require Durant to be out there to contribute on both sides of the floor. However, wins like these build confidence within the entire team that will only be strengthened upon his and Cousins’s respective returns.
The Golden State Warriors are continuing to produce no matter how crowded their bandwagon is. At the helm are their homegrown stars who reminded us one more time that when it matters, all they need is each other.