SportsNation Blog Archives Golden State Warriors
i don't know about you, but i'm feelin' 22-0 pic.twitter.com/XQbywd4qCO— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) December 7, 2015
But as it turns out, "22" is far from the only Taylor Swift song that applies to the Warriors' season. A quick scroll through her catalog reveals that the seven-time Grammy Award winner has been singing about Golden State for years.
There's one of these for the list of teams who've beaten the Warriors this season. Which team will be the first to fill it?
BPI gives Golden State a 31 percent chance of winning a record 73 games, but no reasonable chance of going 82-0, which means an unbeaten season will likely remain only in the Warriors' wildest dreams.
This is exactly what the Warriors have with the Clippers. The back-and-forth ramped up this summer, when Clippers coach Doc Rivers implied Golden State was "lucky" it didn't have to face his team or San Antonio in last season's playoffs. Then again, maybe Doc is just more of a Britney Spears fan and was referencing one of her hits.
How else to describe the Warriors' super-small closing lineup? Golden State is outscoring opponents by 91 points in 64 minutes with Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry sharing the floor.
Game 3 of the 2015 Finals was the last time the Warriors lost a game of consequence. To find their last regular-season loss, you have to go back to April 7 against the Pelicans.
"I Almost Do"
This is what the Nets must be saying about having a win over the Warriors. Brooklyn had a shot to beat Golden State, but Brook Lopez missed at the buzzer and the Warriors went on to win in overtime. Still, the Nets are the only team to hold the Warriors under 100 points in regulation this season.
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Given how well the Warriors have played in his absence, coach Steve Kerr is probably hoping they aren't singing this about him. But officially, Golden State's 22-0 record belongs to Kerr, while interim coach Luke Walton became the first winless coach to earn NBA Coach of the Month honors, leaving him telling Kerr "All You Had To Do Was Stay."
Swift's first numeric song title happens to be the exact number of games the Warriors lost in the 2014-15 regular season and the number of games they've lost since Jan. 1, including the playoffs. Swift never recorded a "Sixteen," and the Warriors are hoping they don't record a 16th loss any time soon.
This is the perfect description of Curry's game. Just ask Kerr, who said after the Warriors' Game 3 win over the Pelicans in last season's playoffs: "His confidence level is just off the charts. He's fearless. He wants every big shot." And that was before Curry lit the league on fire by averaging 32.4 PPG in Golden State's 22-0 start.
This song off Swift's debut accurately describes where on the court Golden State does the most damage. The Warriors lead the NBA, shooting 43.7 percent from 3-point range and averaging 13.5 3-pointers per game, three more than the next-most prolific team.
Late last season and into the playoffs, Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley insisted the Golden State Warriors couldn't win the title.
"I don't like jump-shooting teams," he said in January. "I don't think you can win the championship beating good teams shooting jumpers."
He wasn't the only person to make that assertion -- seriously, how's it goink? -- but he was the only famous analyst whose network carried the Warriors' 2015-16 season opener and championship celebration Tuesday night.
So the Warriors got him.
And even though Barkley & Co. weren't actually at the game but broadcasting from across the Bay, that wasn't far enough to keep him from punishment:
Are you the friend everyone looks to when a sports question pops up at bar trivia? Do categories like "The Preamble to the Constitution" or "Herbs and Spices" hurt your brain? Then "Jeopardy!" has just the category for you! On Monday, the long-standing quiz show jumped from a first round of "Curry Dishes" to a Double Jeopardy! feast of "Steph Curry Dishes":
We're serving up STEPH CURRY DISHES today on J!Posted by Jeopardy! on Monday, October 26, 2015
Mr. Trebek really loved the cleverness of that. And hey, ESPN made the board:
(What is THIS, Alex!)
Anyway, if you're reading this, you'll probably find the rest of the questions to be extremely easy. But take a look anyway:
"When Steph is making an assist, aka 'dropping' this coin, he's dishing it to someone else for the score."
"If Steph dishes out 10 assists along with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a game, he achieves this coveted feat."
"One of Steph's best dishes at the 2015 All-Star Game was to this Mavericks big man, aka the Dunking Deutschman."
"Steph dished and dealt in the NCAA, leading this southern state's Davidson College to the Elite Eight."
Answers: Dime, triple-double, Dirk Nowitzki, North Carolina.
Rejoice, the return of the NBA is upon us! It seems like only yesterday the Golden State Warriors captured their first NBA title in 40 years.
Scenes of Stephen Curry jubilantly hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy after a dejected LeBron James left the court are still ingrained in the minds of hoops fans everywhere.
While that might have been the end of the on-court action, it was just the beginning of a long summer of off-the-court entertainment courtesy of our favorite NBA stars.
These antics are worth revisiting:
1. Emoji Wars
The battle to keep/acquire DeAndre Jordan escalated quickly. In one of the stranger stories of the offseason, the involved parties turned to emojis to convey their opposing messages. But the real kicker was when Paul Pierce chimed in ... by tweeting a picture of a rocket emoji, because The Truth does what he wants -- or still has a flip-phone.
2. LeBron, Melo, DWade and CP3's bromantic vacation
The banana boat picture seen 'round the world. While no picture can quite compare to the one snapped of some of The Association's biggest names aboard a banana boat while on vacation, this one of them sipping some vino shouldn't be overlooked:
3. The Currys
Steph who? Yeah, this family gets its own section. The MVP was outshined by his daughter at every turn. Which says a lot considering Steph hit the golf course with President Obama. From gracing us with her rendition of the "Whip/Nae Nae" on her third birthday, to teaching Jeremy Lin how to break it down, Riley Curry's offseason was as strong as her postgame news conferences.
4. James Harden celebrates his birthday with the Kardashians
The Beard, rumored to be dating Khloe Kardashian at the time, spent his 26th birthday aboard a yacht flanked by members of the Kardashian clan, complete with fireworks. Why does this matter? Because of this picture of the Houston Rockets star photobombing Kanye West, who doesn't exactly appear to be bringing the energy:
Rager!!!! <‰<ˆ<Š<‚ pic.twitter.com/cYpPz6S43S— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 26, 2015
5. Taylor Swiftmania
Oh, she's not an NBA player? Irrelevant. Tay Tay got support from some of the biggest names in the game this summer, showing that tough and "Swiftie" aren't mutually exclusive. Not only did Kobe Bryant present her with her own banner at the Staples Center ...
6. Shaquille O'Neal and Scottie Pippen Instagram feud
What happens when NBA greats start dabbling in hypotheticals on Instagram? A full-fledged social media beef, that's what. Scottie Pippen and Shaq didn't hold back in their attack on one another. Complete with Photoshop edits like this one:
7. The player formerly known as Swaggy P
We don't know what to make of it. Is Nick Young abandoning the rules of "swagdom" for good? First, he caught our attention by getting Tupac Shakur's face tattooed on his arm that he had previously proclaimed was "strictly for buckets" ... and then this happened:
Nick Young: "I'm Nicholas this season. Call me Nicholas from now on."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 28, 2015
8. Michael Jordan gets trolled by camper with "What are those?!" Internet meme
If you are going to step to the GOAT -- why would one ever venture to do such a foolish thing? -- prepare to get served. That's exactly what happened when a young, exuberant camper decided to come at Jordan by inquiring: "What are thossssseeee?" The question, meant to humiliate someone for their ugly footwear, left MJ confused at first. Hey, he's 52 years old and probably doesn't spend a lot of time with childish Internet memes. But then he responded with a cool and collected rebuttal: "These are Jordan XX9 lows." Next ...
9. New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis sings some Chamillionaire
Oh Kristaps, what a guy. We don't care that Porzingis hasn't played a minute in the NBA yet, we are inclined to say he is clearly the answer to all the New York Knicks' problems.
10. @BDotAdot5 does spot-on NBA star impersonations
With the offseason came former Reno Bighorns (NBA D-League) player Brandon Armstrong's impersonations. Even players he mocked couldn't deny how accurate they were.
In case you hadn't noticed, the Anthony Davis era is here.
Sure, the 22-year-old New Orleans Pelicans big man already has made an All-NBA first team and two All-Star rosters. But 2015-16 likely will be the season Davis becomes widely considered one of the best, if not the best, player in the league.
Q: If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
A: Anthony Davis (86.2%), LeBron James (6.9%), Kevin Durant (6.9%)
Before last season, LeBron received 50 percent of the vote, with Davis and Durant sitting at 25 percent apiece. The year before? LeBron got 89.7 percent, Durant 6.9 and James' now-Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving 3.4.
Now, this doesn't mean GMs would pick Davis over everyone to win a game tomorrow; Davis' age (eight years younger than LeBron, five years younger than Durant) makes a big difference. But it says a lot about how people around the league view Davis, and what he might become -- very soon.