We all expected the best team in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors to mop the floor with the seven win 76ers on Saturday, especially after blowing out the Cavaliers and Spurs by 30-plus points each in the span of two weeks.
Well, the Warriors WERE blowing them out, then they weren’t.
The 76ers tied the game at 105 with an Ish Smith score. Smith finished the game with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals continuing his impressive run since returning back to Philly. The 76ers tying the game help cap off a 24-point comeback that began in the 3rd quarter. The Warriors entered the 4th leading 91-72.
Unfortunately for the 76ers, when you give a championship team like the Warriors too much time to a win a game when you are bad, it typically doesn’t end up going well. Warriors forward Harrison Barnes drained a corner three with 0.2 seconds left to win the game, helping the Warriors win their 43rd game on the year.
We all know the Warriors shouldn’t have needed a clutch play to win the game in the closing seconds, and no one knows that better than Warriors forward Draymond Green, who took the blame afterwards for the Warriors almost losing:
“We started turning the ball over due to my selfish unselfishness, and it was all downhill from there,” Green said.
“Good thing we were able to get the win,” Green said. “It’s only right I was able to make a play after causing us to be in that position.”
Green finished the game with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assist. If Green recorded another assist, he would’ve landed his ninth triple double on the season, leading all NBA players. We all know how tempting it would be for us to get a triple double in a game, and a guy like Green is thriving on getting them this year. I almost can’t blame him for him being selfish.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was un-happy as well afterwards:
If the gods delivered what should have happened, we probably should have lost because that’s what happens when you mess around with the game and the ball.
This is the NBA. Everybody has talent. The beauty of our game is in the execution. It’s in sharing the ball, making the simple play, and letting things happen. And I thought in the third quarter, our starting group came out, didn’t focus and tried to do everything on their own.
Lakers fans and 76ers fans might be sitting here saying, why are they complaining about winning? Well, this is the exact championship mindset of a team that you need to have that you are better than everyone else. Yes, you can’t let up in games, and this is one of the first times I have seen the Warriors let up to a lesser opponent.
It should be interesting to see how the Warriors respond.
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