On Sunday night, the Warriors were looking to push Denver to the brink of elimination, and thanks to a wild stroke of luck, I was able to be in attendance and witness Golden State’s 115-101 demolition of the Nuggets. I couldn’t have left Oakland a happier man. The almost 20,000-deep sea of goldenrod stamping its feet together in unison felt like it was going shatter Oracle Arena into pieces.
Needless to say, it was a wild night and I managed to jot down a few thoughts in between chugging overpriced Budweiser and yelling myself hoarse.
1. Andrew Bogut looks better and better each game.
When he first started playing in January, the Warriors big man looked out of shape, huffing and puffing his way through the season, despite playing limited minutes. But he’s consistently been improving the last month or so and turn the corner completely during the playoffs.
Stephen Curry was quiet throughout the first half, but Bogut stepped in and imposed his will on the Denver Nuggets handily. Between his posterizing of JaVale McGee and an uncontested alley-oop, he created the best playoff slams in Oakland since Baron Davis’s legendary slaughtering of AK-47in 2007.
2. Ty Lawson’s torching of Golden State is becoming a habit.
Even in defeat the point guard rained 26 well-earned points on the Dubs. He consistently made tough shots look easy and was once again the glaring weakness in an otherwise staunch defensive effort. If the Warriors want to close Denver out on Tuesday, they’re going to have to find a way to contain him. With Lawson’s hot hand, the Nuggets will always have a fighting chance.
3. Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter in the NBA.
Damian Lillard says so too, and there’s no way to disagree. Curry put on another clinic, including his 22 point explosion in the third quarter, and showed everyone why he should definitely have not been an All-Star this year. Even a savage swat at his eye couldn’t shake him.
Mark my words, Steph will be a shoo-in for next year’s exhibition. He’s also the second most awesome thing to come out of Davidson, word to David D.
4. “Roaracle” Arena has to be one of the toughest places to play.
It seemed like the near-20K fans never sat down last night. The intense noise visibly shook up Denver and they couldn’t get the crowd out of it. The Nuggets best fighting chance was in the first minutes of the second half when they nearly tied the game but even then the stadium showered them relentlessly with boos and mama jokes that only added to the pressure that the Warriors were putting on them. Once Steph’s light bulb went off in the third, there wasn’t anything anybody in a Denver jersey could do about it.
5. Oakland’s street hot dogs are the best thing since sliced bread.
What’s the one thing for a hungry, intoxicated fan (with shredded vocal cords), whose team obliterated its opponent to force an elimination game? If you said bacon-wrapped hot dogs garnished with bell-peppers, onions, mayo, mustard, and ketchup, you’re probably a very hungry man. It’s hard to describe how satisfying it was to scarf one of them down while I raced to make the train home, so instead I’ll just dream of the day that I can eat another one.
And just because, here’s Bogut gettin’ all in JaVale McGee’s grill with the dunk.
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