You’ve perhaps heard an NBA playoff statistic bandied about that a team that wins Game 5 in a series tied 2-2 goes on to win that series 81.7% of the time. The Golden State Warriors had not won a Game 5 in a playoff series since 1987, when George Karl was coach, Joe Barry Carroll and Ralph Sampson were still on the team, Reagan was president and Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” was the No. 1 song in America. But the Warriors were Game 5 winners last night with a 98-78 blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies that gives them a 3-2 series lead and puts them one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
Steph Curry went back into MVP/video game/crazy-delicious mode, hitting three consecutive three-pointers at the end of the first quarter to power a 14-2 Warriors run that gave them a lead they would never lose. Curry would finish with a pedestrian-for-Steph sounding 18 points on 6-16 shooting. (He did not make a single two-point shot all game!) Less pedestrian-sounding is the fact that Curry hit six-three pointers and had six steals in a playoff game — something no NBA player has ever done before.
But who in the fuck let Floyd Mayweather into this game? The six-time domestic violence committing world boxing champion was sitting courtside at the game, and was appropriately booed by the Oakland crowd when his image was shown on the jumb-otron.
This game started off like it was going to be a Memphis blowout win. The Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph had 9 points in the first 3 minutes of the game, and then just cold disappeared as the Grizzlies blew their 23-10 1st quarter lead. Andrew Bogut gets the credit for that, looking magnificent in an ill-fitting t-shirt underneath his jersey.
Everybody got in on the Splash Brothers party, as the Warriors hit 14 3-pointers (3 for Klay Thompson, 3 for Harrison Barnes, 2 for Andre Iguodala). The game got so one-sided that we actually had a David Lee sighting on the court. Hell, it was so one-sided we even had a James Michael McAdoo sighting on the court!
The Golden State Warriors have not been to the Western Conference Finals since 1976. They are on the verge of doing so with one more win. They will have a chance at that one more win in Game 6 (Friday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN) . And God help them, because we do not want the stress of a Game 7 during Bay to Breakers on Sunday.