My bad, I have to apologize for my prediction before game 3 where I said that the Warriors would win by 10 and feed off the Oakland Coliseum Arena crowd. I should never underestimate my team and I promise I will not do it again. Instead the Warriors fed off the Arena crowd and won by 18!!! I came into the playoffs saying that the Warriors would win in 7 and gain respect. I must re-assess and say that this series will be over in 6 and the Warriors will AT THE VERY LEAST get through the second round against Houston as well. There is no way that the Warriors are losing at the Arena. I am so confident about this that, as my previous Warriors Madlibs column stated, if they do lose the series to the Mavs I will re-enact the opening Martin Sheen scene in Apocalypse Now outside the Oakland Arena where Sheen goes crazy while The End plays by the Doors. I consider it a performance art piece, but to each his/her own...
That being said, a couple notes on tonight's game. First of all, in the Mavs favor, I have to say that if the entire NBA were being re-drafted I would take Josh Howard in my Top 10. At the same time, if there were a single NBA player least equipped to "handle" himself in prison, I would have to go with Devin Harris, hands down... and that's not a good thing to have as your starting point guard in a winner-takes-all playoff battle. Let's just say if the Mavs can somehow obtain Acie Law out of Texas A&M in the draft this summer, there's your championship Mark Cuban.
Also have to love David Stern being at the game in Oakland tonight although I got a little concerned because he has a nose for trouble like a veteran Drug Enforcement Agent. Does anyone remember when he just "happened" to be sitting about 4 rows deep during the Knick-Bulls melee in about '94. Had me worried, but I think the only catastrophe tonight was the demise of a 67 win basketball team. Phew! While I do love David Stern, I have to say I really love the Knicks fans that show up to the Garden at every NBA draft just to boo Stern when he walks out every year. It's like the NBA version of the Rocky-Drago showdown... beautiful.
One other quick NBA note, did anyone else catch the difference between the Heat and Warriors fans when ESPN switched between the two games? My god, the Heat were down 5 points with 2 minutes left and the ball and you would have thought that it was the middle of the regular season and they were down 20. Unreal! You could actually hear Dwayne Wade's tears hit the court thinking about the prospect of having to play in that city for another 5 years. My solution for David Stern is to impose $1 margarita nights for every home game in Miami during the Playoffs. Give them a few margaritas, tell them to root for the Heat, and trust me, there will be fireworks!