It’s Game 6 tonight in what has been one of the best NBA playoff series in recent years. If the Warriors can pull it off, it will be remembered in the Bay Area for a long time. The atmosphere at Oracle is going to be absolutely electric.
I’m not a Warriors fan but I’ll be rooting for them tonight. Part of that is because I always tend to pull for the underdog. But really I think the Warriors deserve it, and long-suffering Warriors fans deserve it, and hell the entire city of
As for the game, I’ll leave it to commenters to debate, exhort, breakdown, and call me a smug fascist asshole. But a few points:
1) I jokingly predicted to some friends that the Mavs would win Game 5 and “experts” would re-anoint Dirk MVP, and lo and behold--no doubt they will reverse course tomorrow if necessary;
2) Charles Barkley is funny; Stephen Jackson is funnier. I’m looking forward to Barkley’s comments tonight, and the responses from Warriors fans;
3) The Warriors can’t fall in love with the 3. Yes, they need to hit them to win, but too often in Game 5 they settled for jacking up 3’s, rather than using perimeter passing to set up open looks (which were there when they worked for them);
4) Feed off the crowd’s energy but stay calm—the Warriors get sloppy when they get too excited and start taking bad shots. That leads to 15-0 runs by the Mavs. Play with emotion, but also with smarts and patience.