The Oracle, Oakland, CA. Down three games to one and facing the Toronto Raptors on their home court Monday night, in a potentially season-ending game, the Golden State Warriors today placed the blame squarely on NBA officials who recklessly banned Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens from the remainder of the series, and all of next year.
An unidentified Warrior told The Spoof: "Stevens was understandably agitated by our poor showing Wednesday night as the Raptors beat us on our own court. If a player had shoved an opponent, he most likely would have been charged with a foul, and that would have been the end of it. What they did to Stevens was uncalled for."
Wednesday's loss to Toronto was followed Friday by another Warrior defeat, which the San Francisco Tribune blamed on a team demoralized because they believed the league was identifying with the Raptors. The theory is that league officials are tired of Warrior championships, and believe the game would benefit from the Raptors taking the series. Outing Stevens was an overt display of the league's bias.
Stevens announced that he would watch Monday's game in a hotel room with Kevin Durant, if the injured Warrior is unable to play.