OAKLAND, CA. — First and foremost, I want to start this piece by stating that LeBron James is the cheapest mega superstar the National Basketball Association has ever seen. He knew exactly what he was doing when he purposely stepped over Draymond Green being that it’s one of the unspoken most disrespectful things another player can do to another. Draymond, being the fiery player that he is, was not going to stand for the blatant disrespect. That says a lot about LeBron’s character and integrity. He is basically saying that ‘we cannot beat the Warriors at full strength, so I am going to pull this extremely cheap maneuver to get one of their key players out’. To me, that’s not the mark of a superstar. It’s the mark of a coward. The mark of someone who is afraid of the challenge.
With all that out of the way, we can focus on how the Warriors can and most likely will win this Game 5. Draymond does a ton for the success of this team. He does a lot of the dirty work that doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet. He is a threat on both ends of the floor (offensive and defensively). So the production is going to have to be split up. I am sure that Andre Igoudala will start in place of Green who will have to watch the game from the locker room; or wherever they make him.
Fortunately for the Warriors, they have had hurdles and obstacles that they’ve overcame all year. Injuries happen. The adjustments and rotation will change a little bit but the general philosophies that Steve Kerr has implemented all year will remain the same. Having home court advantage has been huge all year. The Warriors have only lost at Oracle less than a handful of times. That’s not to say that Cleveland cannot win on the road but the environment in light of the Green suspension will be ten fold the hostility that it typically is. LeBron better bring ear muffs so his delicate ears don’t burn with the obscenities that will be yelled.
“Win For Draymond” and the hashtag #FreeDraymond have been trending on the online since the announcement was made. The fans will be rabid this evening and hopeful for another celebration. The entire team will need to step up big and the Splash Brothers will need to follow up last game with a big encore performance to pull this off.
Should the Cavs extend the series for a Game 6 in Cleveland, there’s a very good possibility that it goes 7 games. If it does, it will seem as though the NBA almost fixed things to happen that way for revenue purposes.
The bottom line though is that the Dubs have been resilient all season long and will only need to win one game out of the three possible left. They have only lost back to back games one time the entire year in the last series against Oklahoma City. If the series extends, Draymond would be back in Game 6 bringing extra attitude that the Cavaliers really don’t want to see.
Tip off will be shortly after 6:00pm PST. The Warriors are still favored by 5.5 points in tonight’s game due to the home court advantage Oracle provides. Let’s get extra loud and extra vulgar toward LeBron considering what he did. See you all on the other side.