So every frontrunner’s favorite twee basketball unicorns, the Golden State Warriors, the best regular-season NBA team of all time, got duffed by a combined 52 points in two blowout losses in Oklahoma City by the Thunder, previously every frontrunner’s favorite twee basketball unicorns. This was the first time the Warriors have lost consecutive games since they went down 2-1 in last season’s Finals, and now they’re down 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals, a loss away from elimination, where pretty much nobody expected them to be as recently as a few days ago.
The big question of the moment is simple: What’s wrong with them?!? Is Steph Curry injured? Is that why he’s shooting 42-percent for the series, turning the ball over a ton, and getting dusted by Russell Westbrook on defense over and over again? Is it why he did this?
What about Draymond Green? Is he psyched out by the blowback he received after he crane-kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the dick and balls back in Game 3? Is he playing tentatively because he knows he’ll trigger an automatic suspension if he picks up another flagrant foul between now and the end of the season? Is that why he’s shooting 33-percent for the series, turning the ball over a ton, and getting dusted by Kevin Durant on defense over and over again? Is it why he went -73 in Games 3 and 4? Is it why he did this?
Are they worn out from pursuing the all-time record for wins in a regular season? Are they getting hosed by the refs? Have they lacked intensity? Is this all just noise, a normal but ill-timed fluctuation in the essentially random currents of shot-making? Were they never all that good to begin with? Is Steve Kerr blowing it? Did Joe Lacob blow it? Who blew it??