In What Could Be the Lasting Image of Oracle Arena, Raptors' Fans Were Basically Left Dancing on its Grave
Despite being the type of person who rarely leaves games early, I try not to fault those that do. Traffic can be a real son of a bitch, and even I can admit that the juice of a final minutes of a fatalistic foregone conclusion aren't worth the squeeze of 10,000 cars all thinking they have the right-of-way in exiting the parking lot.
That being said, with the game in question potentially being the last one ever played in a venue that has offered it's attendees multiple lifetimes of memories over the last handful of seasons, Game 4's mass exodus from Oracle Arena was inexcusably embarrassing. Take that snapshot of Raptors' fans making Oakland their own and frame it in the spoiled supporter's 'Hall of Shame', as it encapsulates the entitlement of a fanbase whose most incredulous arguments are over which of their superstars will win Finals MVP. The bandwagon of every successful sports' team gets packed to the brim, but for that bandwagon to bail out early due to a couple bumps in the road during what was potentially the final ride in an otherwise incredible escort certainly fits the way people have come to feel about Warriors' fans.
I hate drawing comparisons between the NBA and the NHL, because hockey fans are entirely too up their own ass, but St. Louis Blues fans stayed during the dying minutes of a blowout to loudly and proudly wish well their team despite the final home game of their season being a demonstrably depressing one. Meanwhile, Warriors' fans were in a full-on sprint out of seats that have served witness to no shortage of greatness that they may well not sit in ever again.
The main difference, of course, being that Blues' fans are desperately hoping to celebrate their first championship whereas Warriors' fans are pissed off that their 4th parade in 5 years isn't already underway. Still, to leave such an accomplished home court for dead while opposing fans danced on it's eventual grave is potentially an atrocious lasting look for Oracle Arena. More importantly, it's an exponentially worse look for those that priced the loyalists out of a building in which they spent decades living and dying with the results of the games it hosted, be it to their most triumphant or bitter end.
Credit to Raptors' fans for a strong international showing, for while their team looked destined to dethrone a dynasty they sounded inspired to put to eternal shame those that used to unconditionally make raucous its residence.