Warriors: Is it Better to Have Won and Lost Than Never to Have Won at All?
Love, politics, and sports -- in that order -- are the only places you can feel like this. It's where you actually have to start saying to yourself there are far worse things in this world than what just happened. Which makes you feel even worse about how much this hurts. Guilt over this first-world, 1 percent, recreational problem. Why does it do this to us? It's just a ball and a hoop.
This is the kind of loss where you don't replay anything in your mind and say what if. You just feel this. Turn the phone off, throw the chair down the stairwell, smash a bottle in the street, scream out the window. The flipside of the ecstasy The Bay knows so well.
It's the feeling that comes when you get a taste of an impossible reality, only to have it snatched away. Pick-pocketed in double overtime. It's a playoff pain.
The Warriors really brought us such pain? The franchise that seemed cursed with busted draft picks and bad defense? That's part of the glass-half-full side, but it doesn't help, not now at least. Maybe tomorrow. For this moment it's just confusion, anger, and sadness. Not profound sadness. A superficial sort, but powerful still. What the fuck just happened?
For tomorrow, though, there are many positives to take from this game, many bright spots for the young team that stole hearts in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. There's Steph Curry making The Jump. There's Harrison Barnes clocking a cool 19 points and 12 rebounds. There's Draymond Green embracing the stage. There's Andrew Bogut owning the paint, and "I loved that moment when Bazemore was the hero...." as Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson tweeted. And there's Mark Jackson -- God bless you, Mark Jackson.
And then there's the thought that this is no different than the last series. Proved they could play with these championship contenders. These championship contenders who had to resort to Hack-a-Bogut; who trailed the youngest team still playing by 16 points with less than five minutes left at home.
The Warriors got dropped to the canvas. Twice in the 10th round. Then came back with some fierce left hooks in the 11th. But the scorecards went to the home team. Winner by split decision. Rematch imminent.