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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Warriors Win Behind "Curse of Lil B" (Explained)

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Oakland or San Francisco, the Bay Area stays eccentric. And why not? It works.

Last night, MVP Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years, after demolishing MVP runner-up James Harden and the Houston Rockets, 104-90, to wrap up their best-of-7 series in a mostly-lopsided five games.

That does not tell the whole story, not by a longhsot. Harden, considered one of the NBA's best players, committed an unthinkable 13 turnovers last night. A massive collapse on a massive stage, and an NBA record to boot (the last man to give the ball away so often did so 11 times, in 1979).

On hand at Oracle Arena to watch the carnage, just a few seats away from the Rockets' bench, was the man who jinxed him. The message: Abandon all hope ye who steal Lil B's cooking dance.

Confused? Allow us to explain.

THE OFFENSE: Late this season, on the eve of the playoffs, Harden introduced a "new" celebration: miming the action of "stirring the pot." There he is, stirring it up, mixing it up.

THE OFFENDED: Lil B is a self-made Bay Area rapper. The Berkeley native, who attended Albany High School, is the originator of Harden's motion. It's his cooking dance, you see.

THE CURSE: Lil B made it known that Harden was borrowing without attribution — or, in his parlance, "stealing [his] swag." Lil B alerted Harden to the alleged theft in a public forum (Twitter); Harden failed to make amends. Thus, the curse was laid.

THE PROOF: As we said, with Lil B in attendance, Harden put on an historically-bad performance — possibly one of the worst-ever performances in a clutch situation.

THE PRECEDENT: There's another top-flight basketball player in the Western Conference who isn't celebrating right about now. Oklahoma City Thunder phenom Kevin Durant got injured this year... after speaking ill of Lil B.

WHO'S NEXT? The Warriors play LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers starting June 4 in the NBA Finals. If you don't take Lil B's curse seriously, consider: the Cavaliers are taking pains to avoid becoming the next victims of Lil B's voodoo magic.

And to think, it all could have been avoided with just a little bit of nod to the swag god.
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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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