…and make sure Kevin Durant is injured. If he’s not, Neon Jesus is up to the task as he proved with Kevin Love. I’m sure the coaching staff made it clear to the team to always go 3 for 3 from beyond the arc in a two minute stretch at the end of each game to help go on a 13–0 run against the #2 ranked defense in the league.
Make sure to write notes in your game plan: “Kelly Olynyk to steal the ball from Stephen Curry, inspiring the Warriors to commit four turnovers during said run.”
Oh, and don’t forget to make sure Curry and Thompson and Green to shoot a combined 5 for 23 on threes.
Brad Stevens is one of the best coaches in the league, but the Warriors came back from playing five games in eight days on the road, during which they lost Durant. They are now 2–4 since his injury, but will rest their four best players on the tail end of another back-to-back road trip ending in San Antonio.
These are all parts of a blueprint over which teams have absolutely no control, as evidenced by the arbitrary way the Celtics lost by 20 to mighty Denver the next game and are now in third place in the Easter Conference.
Normally I enjoy The Ringer’s NBA stories, but this one has me asking if this is supposed to be a serious analysis of the NBA, or if you’re just keeping the boss happy.