It’s getting to the point of utter, sheer ridiculousness when it comes to the Golden State Warriors. At the end of three quarters on Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors, the Warriors trailed by 18. Hell, with 5:38 left in the third, they were down 25 points and had yet to crack 60.
But throw out the book on defensive schemes. Start packing the three point line. Abandon the paint. Because the Warriors are never out of a game, no matter how desperate the situation might be.
Oh, you think that abandoning the paint is a hyperbolic overreaction, do you? WELL EAT NUMBERS, DOUBTER:
In the 4th quarter, the Warriors’ offensive rating was 207. Two Hundred and Seven. Over two points per possession…
— Kevin Draper (@kevinmdraper) December 4, 2013
The Raptors would literally have been more effective on defense if they’d simply allowed Golden State to make their way to the rim unabated in the fourth quarter. At least that way, they’d only have surrendered two points per possession.
I don’t know what to do with that information. I want to take it out to dinner, maybe take it dancing. You know, show it a good time. Make sure it understands that there are good people in the world, and it’s okay to be so MIND-BOGGLINGLY AWESOME. Seriously, over two points per possession? That’s like…
No. You know what? I don’t even have a ludicrous metaphor or simile for how ridiculous the Warriors were in the fourth quarter on Tuesday. Just look at the shot chart. Look at it, and marvel at its beauty. It is the way to Enlightenment. Only through it might one pass into heaven.
DO YOU SEE? DO YOU SEE?!?
Here, here’s another way to approach Golden State’s fourth quarter: their effective field goal percentage in the final frame was 89.47%. There are 13 players shooting that well from the free throw line this season, minimum 20 free throw attempts. THIRTEEN.
All glory to the Golden State Warriors. All. Glory.
Statistical support courtesy of NBA.com/stats