Could Steph Curry’s Game 6 Ejection Actually Help The Warriors Win The NBA Finals?
Doesn’t it feel like the Cleveland Cavaliers are favored to win the NBA Finals now that they’ve rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit to even the series up 3-3? Even though they are heading to Oakland, Calif. right now to face the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Finals at Oracle Arena—where the Warriors have been extremely tough to beat this season—LeBron James has the Cavs playing some of their best basketball of the year at the moment. They overmatched the Warriors in Game 5 and 6 and looked like they deserved to win the NBA title in both games. So heading into Game 7, they have the Warriors on the edge.
Steph Curry appeared to fall over that edge at the end of Game 6 when he lost his cool after picking up his sixth foul on a tough call. He responded to fouling out by taking out his mouthguard and whipping it into the crowd, hitting a Cavaliers fan who was seated in the front row at the game in the process:
Curry was then ejected from the game.
Oddly enough, though, it might have been exactly what the Warriors needed. Although the Warriors had trimmed a 24-point deficit down to 12 when Curry was ejected, there’s a good chance they weren’t going to have enough time left in the game to rebound for a victory. But by showing some signs of life, Curry may have woken up his teammates, who have not played particularly well in Games 5 and 6 of the Finals. Guys like Draymond Green, who was suspended for Game 5, and Harrison Barnes are going to have to play significantly better if the Warriors are going to have a chance to beat the Cavaliers in Game 7. The Cavs are playing with all the confidence in the world right now, so the Warriors are going to need to play with more energy than they have played with in recent games.
If the Warriors can start strong in Game 7, they can take back some of the momentum that they lost in Game 5. Otherwise, it might be another long night for the team that made history by going 73-9 in the regular season.