Last Saturday, Golden State lost to Milwaukee on the final stop of a seven-game road trip, without Harrison Barnes and with a hobbled Klay Thompson, the night after a double-OT victory in a different time zone. Michael Carter-Williams punctuated the win with a dunk and stare down of the Warriors bench, which was thoroughly enjoyed by Milwaukee’s squad.
In MCW’s defense, this was probably the highlight of his season. The team has underperformed, and he recently lost his starting gig to less-fat O.J. Mayo—a truth not lost on Draymond Green. “Michael Carter-Williams getting a dunk at the end of the game and looking at our bench like, ‘Dude you lost your spot.’”
The Warriors don’t need extra motivation. They’re chasing history, yet hold just a 3.5 game lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference standings. But this is a chance to acknowledge perhaps the most underrated aspect of the Dubs: their collective “chip on the shoulder,” particularly Draymond and Steph, who’ve built careers out of proving doubters wrong. And don’t think Golden State’s 25-1 start wasn’t, in part, a response to the summer haters deeming their title run as lucky for their avoidance of injuries and San Antonio.
The first time around, the Bucks caught the Dubs at the ideal time and place. This Friday is going to be the polar opposite. The lesson? Maybe don’t piss off the champs, especially when, as Klay said, “You’re going to see us next Friday and in our building, too.”
Source: SB Nation