Golden State Warriors: NBA revolves around Dubs and social media proves it

Golden State Warriors, Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors are the center of attention and Saturday night proved that.

The entire NBA revolves around the Golden State Warriors. Unsurprisingly, the Warriors have picked up a lot of new fans. There’s also a growing number of people who enjoy watching Golden State lose more than they like watching their own team win.

That comes with the territory of being the best team in the league for three years in a row. It happens when your best player wins two consecutive Most Valuable Player awards and two championships at the expense of “the Chosen One.” It happens when you break Michael Jordan’s mighty Chicago Bulls’ single-season record and then sign Kevin Durant the summer after.

It’s a problem the Warriors don’t mind having. When you’re the best, people want to see you fall. That level of disrespect and hate means you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing.

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On Saturday night, Stephen Curry expressed his frustration in an eye-opening manner. While trying to lead a fourth quarter comeback, he drove to the rim and finished a layup. While he went up, he felt like he got hit, but didn’t get a whistle. He got upset and threw his mouthguard which resulted in an immediate ejection. Eventually, Kevin Durant got himself ejected, too.

The Warriors are the center of everyone’s attention. The incident was the most talked about topic on NBA Twitter. The clip went viral and Curry haters called for his head.

Golden State’s loss and Curry’s “meltdown” overshadowed some pretty noteworthy events that happened around the league. Things like the reigning MVP finishing the game with more turnovers (7) than points (6) in a loss to the Utah Jazz. Or LeBron James’ -31 as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost by 21 points to a shorthanded Orlando Magic team. Or the analytics crew’s favorite player, Nikola Jokic, going scoreless.

On a night where all that happened, there were people tweeting about Ayesha Curry and her feet. Curry and the Warriors are living rent-free in a lot of people’s minds. And it makes sense.

They’ve been the best. Still, it’s a little strange to see what people choose to nitpick about a proven team and what they’ll overlook about unproven ones. That’s the price you pay when you’re at the top.