When you have teammates like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, you can pretty much do whatever you want and get away with it.
Just ask Andrew Bogut.
The Warriors center thought he was playing in the NFL on one play, then looked like a cheerleader who ran onto the court on another.
It worked both times, however, thanks to the brilliance of Curry and Klay.
First the hut-hut-hike, where Bogut channeled his inner Jeff Saturday and hit Peyton Manning, I mean Klay Thompson, with a pass between his legs. Klay took care of the rest:
Bogut wasn't done showboating, and his All-Star teammates weren't done making him look good for it.
A few minutes later, Bogut found Steph Curry wide open (how?!) beyond the 3-point line. Without hesitation, Bogut threw his arm in the air and started celebrating a made 3 before Steph even got his feet set to take the shot:
So arrogant. So awesome.
At this point, it's pretty much a given Steph is going to hit that shot. Bogut knew it. The Magic knew it. Everyone in the free world knew it.
Those are just some of the perks of playing with teammates like these. The NBA Finals ring doesn't hurt either.
When the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors in one of the largest upsets in NBA history, it made people take notice.
A lot of things went the Lakers’ way as they managed to stifle the “splash brothers” duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson into 1-of-18 from beyond the arc. The defensive game plan of double-teaming Curry at the perimeter made the high-octane offense of the Warriors look absolutely miserable.
While there is no doubt the defense was the main reason for why the Lakers pulled off a convincing 17-point victory over the defending champions, it was also the play of 20-year-old rookie D’Angelo Russell which provided a key ingredient in the win. Russell even provided a spot-on impression of Stephen Curry when he knew a three-point shot was going in way before it did.
Russell scored 21 points and dished five assists on 6-of-14 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range. But more importantly, the rookie’s strong play caught the attention of the reigning MVP, Curry:
While the majority of the season has been a struggle for Russell due to head coach Byron Scott’s tough approach toward rookies, the young point guard has come around lately over his past 10 games—he’s averaging 18.2 points on an extremely efficient 46.3 percent from the field.
Although things looked grim early on, it appears Russell is on the right track to becoming a quality point guard in this league.