Sports Hail To The Baron
posted by May 1 at 17:17 PMon
The NBA playoffs go on forever. Seriously—the first round starts the end of April and Finals don’t happen until June. I have a supposed life that I should be living, but the (appropriately nicknamed) “Second Season” is making this very difficult. So much basketball is both a blessing and a curse. The playoffs are killing me with heart attacks of joy. In just over an hour, the Golden State Warriors could pull off the most beautiful, improbable upset in basketball history.
The Dallas Mavericks have been the strongest team all throughout the regular season—they won 67 games overall, went on a 17-game winning streak, and Dirk Nowitzki is likely to be this year’s league MVP. By contrast, the Warriors have been a hot mess—they won just 42 games and are a band of emotional little crazy men with the league’s worst overall free throw percentage. They didn’t make the playoffs until the last possible day. So how is it the Warriors are just one win away from eliminating the #1 seed in the Western Conference?
All heart, baby. Golden State plays loose, passionate ball—they’ve got nothing to lose, everything to gain. They’re helter skelter, fast-paced, mercurial—it’s like watching barely controlled chaos. In Game 2, Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson were ejected from the game for getting angry and taunting referees. (It was frightening and amazing to see.) In Game 4, Baron Davis and his sick playoff beard willed GSW’s victory into existence through brute force. The Warriors are fearless; they relentlessly penetrate the paint and drive to the hole. Their style is riveting and tonight’s game is guaranteed to be epic. You should tune in.
Now please enjoy Baron Davis’s insane buzzer beating half-court three from Game 4:
*And yes, those are bullets in Baron Davis’s fedora. He is the coolest customer.