It must be frustrating to watch the NBA Finals as a player who didn’t quite make it there. There are so many what-ifs. Plenty of second-guessing. And lots of armchair thoughts, most of which are best left uttered to friends and family.
But Patrick Patterson of the Oklahoma City Thunder had a thought, and he wanted more than his 196,000 Twitter followers to know about it. So he tweeted directly at the NBA and NBA officials accounts.
“So Curry just ran on the court to celebrate with Cook during live play.. what y’all gonna do about that? @NBA @OfficialNBARefs,” Patterson tweeted.
The moment that got Patterson miffed happened in the fourth quarter of Game 2. The Warriors were up 95-88 over the Raptors and starting to pull away. Quinn Cook fielded a quick toss from Andre Iguodala, pulled up and got off a three-pointer as he stumbled backward onto the ground. The shot went in, and Stephen Curry rushed over to celebrate as play continued around them.
Of course, many Toronto fans cried foul, arguing Curry constituted a sixth player on the court during that time. It’s hard to tell from clips, but it doesn’t appear Curry’s feet crossed over into the field of play. And Curry, who was waiting to check in at the scorer’s table, likely thought a timeout was about to be called.
Regardless of what happened, Patterson’s move to tweet at the official NBA referees account probably wasn’t the most effective. And the blowback shortly filled his mentions.
“You saw that from the couch huh?” one person responded.
“You complaining about nothing,” added another. “Drake is on the court massaging coaches!”
Patterson is clearly not impressed by the Warriors hype in general.
“Analyst actually believe Golden State can beat Toronto without KD. Come on now,” he tweeted on May 30. “Thought you’re actually suppose to know basketball. Might as well let a fan offer up their opinions on live tv. “
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