Reminiscing of the battles between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the last four years, shooting guard Klay Thompson had no need for brakes on this ride to memory lane. The four-time All-Star was quickly reminded of the time LeBron James spearheaded a 2016 Halloween party that featured him and backcourt partner Stephen Curry on tombstones cookies after botching a 3-1 lead in the earlier NBA Finals.
“Oh, yeah. Ha!” Thompson told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “That was funny. Look how that turned out. Psssh. Bums. That was crazy. I forgot about that. Well, look at what pettiness gets you. Gets you 1-8 in the Finals. Idiots.”
The 1-8 mark is what the Cavs were able to muster in their next two Finals appearances against the Warriors, needing a record-breaking performance from long-range to avoid a sweep in 2017, with it becoming inevitable this past year, marking the end of James’ tenure in The Land.
The Warriors, still strong championship contenders and now two-time defending champions since that Halloween party took place, will come to Quicken Loans Arena for the first time, now facing a bottom-dwelling team with one of the East’s worst records at 5-18.
“I’m interested to see how it is,” said Draymond Green, wondering if they would get a hostile reception. “Is there still going to be energy because we’re coming in there? Kinda like fake gas? Or nah? I don’t know. I’m interested.”
“Probably still be some 3-1 jokes,” said Curry. “But it’s all good.”
Some executives around the league have attributed that 2016 championship run as a sheer “miracle”, one which has surely been proven true over the past two seasons of Warriors dominance in the postseason.