What Had Happened Was: 5/30/16
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Russell Westbrook after Game 5 vs. Russell Westbrook after Game 6… pic.twitter.com/mpR95IeHrD
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 29, 2016
And so we have arrived. Game 7. It only took a historic night from the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (an NBA postseason-record 11 3-pointers) and the Oklahoma City Thunder shooting 3-for-23 from deep in Game 6 to get here, but the night is upon us. So who you got?
Game 7s care not about narrative and what should happen, no doubt, but the truth is: This is still the Thunder’s game to lose. Stephen Curry still isn’t quite right — he shot just 9-for-22 (40 percent) last game — as evidenced by the fact he’s had two 3-pointers blocked this series after having just one blocked the entire regular season.
Kevin Durant has shot poorly, too — 30-for-86 over the last three games at a 34.9 percent clip — but he’s not injured like Curry. And, man, does he know it.
“On the offensive end, you don’t have to worry about me because I’m a professional scorer,” he said Sunday. “And I know how I’ve been doing this for so long. I’m not saying I’m going to have a great game every night or I’m going to shoot well every night, but I tend to figure things out on the offensive end.”
Yes, he does. And tonight he gets to prove it.
Over the weekend, former LSU forward Ben Simmons, set to be one of the top picks in the 2016 NBA draft, tweeted out a video of him that left fans in Philadelphia excited:
While the soccer move isn’t something you’ll see Simmons use in a game, that didn’t keep Sixers fans from dreaming about the future.
Greatest Sixer of all time.
— Peter Laviolette (@fakelavy) May 29, 2016
Ohh my goodness… Put him in a Sixers jersey right now https://t.co/uGFVZOOZe1
— Inside 76ers (@Inside76ers) May 29, 2016
There are days and times that Crying Jordan can feel like a tired, played out meme. But the iconic photos spurred after the Warriors stormed back to win Game 6, though? Anything but played out and tired. More like magical. Glorious, really. Have a look:
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) May 29, 2016
— Luis (@luislyricz) May 29, 2016
— Vuna🧐 (@Mr_DePHInition) May 29, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Just Blaze took to Twitter this weekend to give an oral history behind some of his most popular hits ever.
*ALERT * A new Chance The Rapper song just dropped.
Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari had a discussion about every industry being as white as the Oscars. It’s worth your time.
Hold up. Is Klay Thompson actually Jon B., though?
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. MONKEY BUSINESS
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 29, 2016
2. SO SPOT ON
"Billy Donovan looks like the grocery store manager who has every item's location memorized" may be one of my favorites ever
— Chris Wittyngham (@ChrisWittyngham) May 27, 2016
3. CAN’T BE SEEN ENOUGH
— B.A. (@BdotAdot5) March 23, 2016
The always-honest Draymond Green unleashed another edition of his Dray Diary (alongside our brother Marc J. Spears) and gave us his thoughts on the most important game of the Warriors’ season so far:
“It’s Game 7. Game 7s are tough regardless. Both teams are going to leave everything out there on the floor. I don’t think a home crowd gives you the advantage. It’s Game 7. You got to go out there and give it all you got. This [Thunder] team is not going to quit. They’re a very good ball club. A ball club that fights. They’re never going to quit and that is going to make it tough. But if we stay the course, we be who we are, everything else will take care of itself.”
Steven Adams looks like Dennis Eckersley's son from a wild night in 1976. pic.twitter.com/suOByoCSXv
— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 27, 2016