1-Game Overreaction: Go Home Warriors, You Are Drunk


December 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) passes the ball against Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Mavericks 95-93. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If anyone was watching the Golden State Warriors’ stupefying 95-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks at their local watering hole, I applaud you if the result was not a trip to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

The Dubs turned the ball over 18 times and scored only two fast break points all game, but Stephen Curry came through with 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and his last bucket was pretty important as it ended up providing the margin of victory. I contend that nothing about this game made any sense, so who am I to say that it shouldn’t have ended the way that it did?

The one thing I will say is that I absolutely did not expect the Warriors to win this game. At any point. Even when Curry made the go-ahead 19-foot jumper. There was still approximately 1.5 seconds left after that shot went in and stranger things have happened with teams that didn’t even have Dirk Nowitzki on them.

But kudos to Mark Jackson’s team for pulling it off. Was it championship caliber basketball? Maybe not, but it’s the kind of win that displays the character that championship teams are made of. 

What’s more, Golden State avenged their four point loss in Dallas on November 27, so that tells me they have that killer instinct. You know, the one that makes you want to beat your opponent and not give up even though you don’t make a few shots. Pretty sure that idea is unique to champions. Probably.

Would it be nice if the Warriors stopped getting down early while bearing absolutely no resemblance to the amazing shooting team they are? Sure. But just like the Scott Howard had to learn how to ball out as a normal everyday human in the 1985 basketball clinic known as Teen Wolf, Golden State has to fight through the tough stretches and keep themselves in the game when they aren’t banging on all cylinders.

I salute them for pulling it off tonight.  Next up is Houston, and I suspect Curry & Co. really want to go HAM on a Rockets team that absolutely humiliated them last week.  Because that’s what Teen Wolf would do — fight back against the people that said he couldn’t do it because wolves don’t typically have the skill set necessary to succeed at basketball.

That’s what champions do.

That’s what warriors do.