Against the Utah Jazz in game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, the Golden State Warriors were high as a kite. Suddenly, in game 4, they appeared to be the thugs from the 1979 movie of the same name as their team.
In the 1979 movie The Warriors, one of the characters taunts the members of a rival gang. "Warriors! Come out to play-i-ay!" he says. Last night's Golden State Warriors looked a lot like a New York street gang as game 4 of their playoff series against the Utah Jazz came to a close.
First, Baron Davis decked an unsuspecting Derek Fisher with a forearm shiver to the head.
Shortly thereafter, Jason Richardson nearly killed Mehmet Okur (pictured above) after the game was out of reach.
Richardson was ejected from the game, which only had 37 seconds to go.
It is amazing that a team that has finally jelled could, with two senseless acts, let the end of a hard-fought game cast a pall over their otherwise excellent season.
Imagine, game 5 played without Golden State's two best players. I would like the Jazz to win the game 'fair and square'. But I think under the circumstances, fair and square would be with Davis and Richardson on the bench.
Actions should have consequences.