Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors refused to lose Thursday night in Oakland, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 to avoid elimination.
But despite the back-to-back MVP's 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals, which helped the Warriors pull within 3-2 in the Western Conference Finals, Thunder superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook weren't impressed.
When asked if Curry is an underrated defender, Russ literally began giggling, while KD proceeded to say that Steph doesn't guard opposing teams' star point guards and that he likes Westbrook's chances when the two-time MVP is guarding him straight up.
This is shade in the highest form.
But let's keep it 100 — there's some truth to that shade.
Just as Durant alluded to, the Warriors haven't stuck Curry on Westbrook over the duration of each of the games in this Western Conference Finals. Instead, Westbrook is often defended on the perimeter by Curry's teammates Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala through many sequences.
Curry, himself, even admitted that he's not best suited to defend Russ on the perimeter.
Hey, it is what it is.
The Warriors can't afford to have Curry defend Westbrook over the course of a whole game because he would spend so much energy doing so that it might hamper his offense — something Dub Nation just can't have.
Russell's laugh, though... too cold, too real.
Let's see who's laughing when Curry's Warriors visit KD and Westbrook's Thunder in OKC in Game 6 on Saturday night.
After LeBron James questioned Curry's MVP win, scrutinizing the "valuable" part of his award, and KD and Russ now knocking his defense, what is it about Steph that's becoming a magnet for shade amongst his NBA peers?
How much of that shade has to do with him becoming the first-ever unanimous MVP? Or does it have anything to do with him being the reigning media darling of the league?
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