You get to enjoy the frequent Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson three-point barrages. You get to watch 73-win seasons, caress your championship ring in your spare time, and witness as another title contender assembles with the addition of Kevin Durant.
Sometimes, however, you actually have to play, and when that happens, you put yourself in harm’s way no matter who your superstar teammates are. This is the story of James Michael McAdoo, who was ruthlessly and senselessly escorted to his final resting place by Montrezl Harrell.
Despite the Warriors’ numerous highlight plays, the Houston Rockets battled Golden State’s 12-game win streak all game Friday night, holding an 88-85 lead about three minutes into the fourth quarter. Then this happened:
Holding on the beat the Warriors at Oracle Arena is no easy task, but dynamite plays like this one are exactly how you ruffle the feathers of a championship-caliber team.
The Rockets have had their defensive woes this season, but they’re rounding into form behind the MVP-caliber play of James Harden. If Houston can count on more electrifying plays like this out of a youngster like Harrell, however, they might need to start feeding him more minutes.
On the season, Harrell is averaging only 5.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game. This is only his second season, and at 22 years old, he was one of the older rookies in his draft class. That being said, there’s no question about his explosive athleticism, which the Warriors found out about the hard way.
Let that be lesson to James Michael McAdoo and his 6.0 minutes per game: Sometimes it’s great to be a benchwarmer on the team with the best record in the NBA. Other times, it can be a downright hazard to your health.