They say you should never underestimate the heart of a champion, and the Golden State Warriors may have proven that last season when they defied expectations to win their fourth title in eight years. Eventually, though, every champion becomes a former champion. No dynasty stands forever. Father Time remains undefeated. His victims rarely accept defeat gracefully.
The Golden State Warriors haven’t lately, at least as far as their rivalry with the Memphis Grizzlies goes. On Saturday, they faced off for the second time in nine days. Memphis was missing star point guard Ja Morant along with a number of other role players in both contests. It didn’t matter. The Grizzlies took both by 35 combined points. The first game in the set was defined by the ongoing feud between Warriors forward Draymond Green and Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks.
The second was defined by a far quieter moment. With 17.1 seconds remaining in the Memphis win, Warriors star Klay Thompson flashed four fingers at the Grizzlies.
It wasn’t the first time Thompson made the gesture. He did it more subtly in a confrontation with Devin Booker earlier in the season. The message, in both cases, was clear. The Warriors would accept no disrespect from up-and-comers as a four-time champion. It was a sentiment that Green himself has echoed after multiple games against Memphis this season. In December and again in March, he made it clear that he doesn’t consider the Grizzlies a rival because they haven’t beaten them in the playoffs yet.
Neither the Grizzlies nor the Suns have accomplished as much as the Warriors have. They probably never will. And that means practically nothing as the three teams pursue the 2023 championship that lies ahead, not the 2022, 2018, 2017 and 2015 trophies that have already been awarded. The Warriors are fixated on a past that probably isn’t going to brighten their dim present.
Thompson was only one finger short of the number of road wins he’s played in for Golden State this season. As a team, the Warriors are 7-29 outside of San Francisco. His 14 points…
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Author : Sam Quinn
Publish date : 2023-03-19 17:36:10
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