Near the top of an absolute beatdown by the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies, you’d suppose the Golden State Warriors can be despondent and in no temper to smile or have enjoyable. They have been about to lose 134-95, giving the Grizzlies new life as a substitute of profitable their fourth recreation to finish the sequence.
But as a substitute, with the sport firmly out of attain within the fourth quarter and the raucous Grizzlies crowd taunting them with a “Whoop That Trick” chant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green did not look depressing. Curry started to nod his head in time with the mantra, and Green stood up and waved a towel in rhythm.
Despite enduring the worst lack of any workforce in the complete 2022 playoffs and being straight taunted by the group, Curry and Green have been … having fun with the environment?
If you could have questions like “Why?” or “How?” or “Come on, are you serious?” here is why they have been in a position to push the loss apart and have some enjoyable with the group.
Curry tried to make use of ‘Whoop that Trick’ towards the Grizzlies
“Whoop that Trick,” a music by rapper and Memphis native Al Kapone, is an anthem for the Grizzlies, normally performed close to the top of video games on the area. But earlier than the sport on Wednesday, Curry tried to make use of the Grizzlies’ catchphrase towards them.
When ESPN’s Kendra Andrews requested Curry what the Warriors’ plan was for what might be their series-clinching recreation, that is how he responded:
“Whoop that trick. That is our game plan.”
Those have been preventing phrases — phrases that many Grizzles followers have been conscious of once they got here to FedExForum to observe the sport.
Curry, Green make lemonade out of bitter, bitter lemons
Curry actually knew that utilizing the Grizzlies’ catchphrase was incendiary, and that the “Whoop That Trick” chant was at the least partially directed at him. But he began bopping his head to the mantra, after which stood beside a towel-waving Green with a smile on his face. After Green actually danced away, Curry stored smiling, even when Al Kapone — who was on the recreation and on the mic — shouted “In your face, Steph Curry!”
After the sport, each Curry and Green defined what impressed them to benefit from the environment as a substitute of moping about their blowout loss.
“It’s the best. It’s what this whole back-and-forth is about in terms of home court advantage and hostile crowds and you embrace all of that,” Curry stated. “It’s fun. When you’re getting smacked, you got to find some fun in it.”
Green was much more complimentary of the group on the recreation, recognizing that the Warriors received demolished and may personal that.
“They’re not going to whoop that trick alone, we going to whoop that trick together if we’re going to whoop that trick. One thing I don’t respect is people who only bring it when they winning, embrace crowds when you winning. We call those frontrunners. We’re not frontrunners.
“We received our a** kicked, and that is all proper. It occurs. […] When you spew it out, you bought to be keen to take it and never conceal from it, not duck from it, not run from it, embrace it. So I appreciated the group tonight, the power that they delivered to the sport. If they wish to whoop that trick, we’re gonna whoop ’em collectively.”
That’s a mindset we don’t see often in the NBA (or any sport, really), especially during a playoff game, and it was nice to see players having fun, even in the midst of a 39-point loss. But that brings up an important question: Would Curry and Green be so joyful if they weren’t up 3-2, if the series were tied or the Grizzlies had even pulled ahead? Absolutely 100 percent no, definitely, completely, thoroughly not.
But that’s for a parallel universe to worry about. In this one, the Warriors get another chance to clinch the series in Game 6 on Friday night, and the Grizzlies will dig deep to try and even the series at 3-3 and force a Game 7.