Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers made the most innocent of comments, but the Golden State Warriors have their collective panties in a bunch over it.
“You need luck in the West,” said Rivers to Grantland’s Zach Lowe. “Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us or the Spurs.”
Pretty straightforward, right? The West is notoriously loaded, with the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, Grizzlies, and Blazers. Rivers was simply opining on how match ups are a big deal, and thanks to the beasts of the West knocking each other out, you avoid some squads that would make it more difficult to advance to the Finals.
The sensitive Warriors couldn’t quite handle this simple take by Rivers.
Klay Thompson, still probably a bit touchy since he disappeared for most of the Finals, was pretty emphatic in his response.
“Didn’t they lose to the Rockets?” Thompson asked rhetorically. “So, that just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3 – 1 too? Tell em I said that.”
Thompson also claimed he wanted to play the Clippers, but they “couldn’t handle their business.”
Draymond Green, he who never misses a chance to run his mouth, was more clever in his response.
“It’s funny. It’s like a bitter female. Like, you ever dealt with a bitter female that’s just scorned? God! That’s rough.”
Stef Curry was more sheepish, kind of like his body language as he was mired in an abysmal shooting slump induced by Matthew Dellavedova’s pesky defense in the Finals.
“I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very, truly sorry.”
The Warriors have every reason to be defensive and touchy about their path to the NBA Championship, because Doc Rivers is entirely correct: the Warriors were lucky!
The Warriors were lucky to remain completely healthy through the Finals, which cannot be said for their opponents. They got a hobbled Tony Allen, the Grizzlies best defender, in the second round, as well as injuries to Courtney Allen and Mike Conley.
It took the Clippers seven epic games to get past the Spurs in the first round, before they succumbed to the Rockets in seven epic games in the second round. Granted, they earned their easier path to the Finals by taking the number one seed, but it was still fortunate, which is all Doc is trying to say.
In the Finals, they got the Cavs, who played without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. That’s pretty fucking lucky.
Can you imagine Golden State without Draymond Green and their third best player? Would they have even won two games against a full Cavaliers squad?
Naw man, naw. No chance.
The Warriors had an excellent regular season, and were the beneficiaries of a fortunate path to their title. Obviously, they realize this, or they’d be more secure in their Titlehood and not be so touchy and have to respond to every little comment made about them.
Fellas, you’ve got no chance at winning another title, so enjoy it. It’s not happening this year. You can’t get that lucky two straight seasons.