Breakfast Special: 12 Minutes of Kevin Durant

I am, in my heart of hearts, a deeply religious man. I believe in the gods, and I believe that the gods are the arbiters of probability, the referees who decide whether Schrodinger’s Cat lives or dies, and in their various guises made manifest at sporting events.

And not in the performative Christianity “thank God for this championship” sort of way. Just once I’d like to hear a player on the losing side say “well, we’d have won, but you heard the other team. God wanted them to win, clearly.”

No, I’m talking about the kind of divine intervention that makes Kyle Lowry go full Carlton Banks at the end of an NBA Finals game as punishment for Toronto Raptors fans cheering their fool heads off when Kevin Durant, after 12 minutes of playing like he hadn’t missed a minute of the playoffs, reinjured his Achilles tendon, possibly completely tearing it this time and ensuring himself the kind of lengthy rehab that will make his free agent options particularly interesting this summer.

I’m hardly the only person to have that thought:

As bad as the result was for Lowry at the end, incidentally, there is one important thing to consider…

Hard to keep a shot on line when it’s blocked.

But let’s talk about the winning side, and let’s talk about Kevin Durant first, because in 12 minutes, he scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting, all three of the makes coming from long range (on three attempts), and added a pair of free throws as well. That’s an eFG% of .900 for those of you scoring at home, and it made Durant the Dubs’ second-leading scorer not named Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson.

The Splash Brothers put the team on their shoulders once again, scoring a combined 57 points on 19-of-44 shooting (43.2 percent) but making 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) of their threes for an eFG% of .568.

The Warriors overall made 20 threes on 42 tries with a 3PAR of .512. That’s some Rockets and Bucks stuff from a team that shot just 38.4 percent of their shots from long range during the regular season, eighth in the league.

You have to wonder whether this is as good as it gets for the Warriors, since they’re going to be right back where they were in Game 4, minus Durant and having to find a way to beat the Raptors for 48 minutes without him.

Furthermore, the road team has won four out of the five games in the Finals so far…but on the other hand, Game 6 is guaranteed to be the last game of NBA basketball ever played at Oracle Arena, and after sending the building out with two straight losses at home, you have to wonder if the gods have set this whole thing up for a redemption story.

Between arena karma and fans-booing-Durant karma, are the Raptors going to blow a 3-1 lead? Will Steph finally win Finals MVP?

And will the New York gutter press ever learn that their joke of a franchise isn’t going to attract free agents because James Dolan is a clown?

Game 6 is Thursday. But before that, we’ve got highlights. Like the Splash Brothers making it rain:

And DeMarcus Cousins rising to the occasion for 14 points on 6-of-8 and six rebounds:

Or even Draymond Green, who besides turning Lowry into the scapegoat at the end of the game, nearly posted a triple-double:

This was a wild finish that featured a 9-2 run to end the game, a brilliant comeback just as it looked like the party was over:

Next breakfast Friday. Next feature Wednesday. Next game’s winner? Eh, you’ll have to watch the game for that. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!