The Fan (Now Unveiled as Part Owner) Who Pushed Kyle Lowry Was Ejected, But Not Before Serving as Symbolic of the Warriors' Frustrations
Obviously the main takeaway from the incident above is that, as has been seemingly discussed ad nauseam this season, NBA attendees need to know their goddamn role. Doesn't matter that you paid an egregious amount to sit close enough to forcibly tongue kiss the players. Touching them in any form or fashion is entirely off limits and should be universally understood as an unacceptable way to earn yourself an immediate ejection. For that reason, while I think a lifetime ban might be a bit extreme, I totally understand Kyle Lowry calling for one in order to send an unmistakable message to the most privileged idiots at NBA games...
On a much less serious note, I do find it hilarious how symptomatic that push was of just how audibly and visually frustrated the Warriors and their outrageously spoiled fanbase were last night. Aside from the unleashed superstardom of Steph Curry, who honestly owes Draymond Green a palm to the forehead for his performance in mashing the lob button more liberally than myself playing a drunk game of NBA Live during my college days, Golden State looked flustered from the first few minutes on.
On the court that bewilderment manifested itself through careless turnovers and shameless tantrums, and in the stands that bewilderment manifested itself in a well-to-do fan (plot twist, he's now confirmed to be a part owner) serving as the sorest of hurt butts in shoving an opponent who helped greatly in kicking their ass. The last time the Warriors felt completely overwhelmed by the moment was probably the exact same time that overbearing asshole was made defiantly disgruntled by watching them play basketball. Safe to say it's been a long time coming that the entirety of Oracle Arena has been turned into an asylum for those suffering from anxiety attacks, and that's exactly the vibe it was giving off throughout a fight whose fate felt decided in the first quarter.
Of course, that'll happen when you're down two of the top 10-15 players in the league and are rolling with a rotation whose most defensible perimeter defender is the NBA equivalent of a senior citizen (with all due respect to Andre Iguodala, of course) during a Finals game. The inevitability of it, however, doesn't make watching Steph Curry go full-LeBron in finally being forced to carry the team while the sky was basically falling around him any less entertaining.
UPDATE: Point even more proven. With the exception of #30, the entirety of Dub Nation - from the front office, to the fans, to those on the floor - had their entitlement threatened and their cages rattled last night...