The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 104-94 on Monday night.
With the win, they took a commanding 3-2 series lead in the NBA Finals and now find themselves one victory shy of another championship.
Unfortunately, Golden State’s big triumph didn’t come without controversy.
A now-viral tweet by former Warrior Nick Young encapsulated the feeling that some came away from Monday’s outing with:
Warriors dnt need all this cheating to win they gonna win period they dnt need help
— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) June 14, 2022
It’s unclear what specifically Young was talking about here. He didn’t cite an actual example of anything, so fans were left to their own imaginations. That said – there were definitely some questionable sequences that went Golden State’s way in Game 5.
Case in point:
Not a line violation. Warriors have their own rules. pic.twitter.com/bmSUsQvmp8
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 14, 2022
Do any of these actually constitute as “cheating”? That is open to interpretation. But you certainly can’t blame folks for being on edge when a referee literally came out last week and admitted that one player on the Warriors deserved special treatment.
That said, Young definitely drew some ire for his hot take on Twitter:
— cholula thot sauce. (@__pooleeparty) June 14, 2022
You’re the last person that should be talking about cheating https://t.co/S6vqeCatpt
— zackfoxenjoyer (@gatoradewussy8) June 14, 2022
do you even know what your talking about? https://t.co/9kI64BBPLZ
— yris (@cmebeyiris) June 14, 2022
ironic if we’re talking abt cheating https://t.co/t9Yr3K99lf
— … (@badapple3456) June 14, 2022
Big picture, the Warriors dominated the Celtics for about three quarters on Monday. Was that really due to cheating? It’s hard to make that case.
It’s like arguing that Zendaya was the reason that Poole hit that clutch buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter.
Is it a fun thing to say? Sure. Is it backed by actual evidence? No.
Don’t let Klay Thompson get hot. https://t.co/uI94n86UEq
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 13, 2022
Young is no stranger to saying provocative things online. So he is unlikely to change.
But should fans take his assessment of the Warriors to heart?