NBA Twitter always manages to go undefeated, and after Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, that statement is as true as ever.
Game 5 was a barnburner between the top two teams in the Western Conference this year, and was the closest game we've had these Conference Finals, both in the East and West. The Houston Rockets came out 4-point victors in the end, with a catastrophic turnover by Draymond Green with less than 10 seconds to go sealing the game for Houston at home, allowing them to take a 3-2 lead heading back to Oakland.
Before that turnover from Green however, there was another crucial point in the game only a couple of possessions earlier. After a missed floater from Chris Paul that would have put the Rockets up 3 with less than a minute to go, and subsequently injuring his hamstring, the Warriors went down on the other end in a 4v5 situation, finding the open man on the perimeter, which happened to be Quinn Cook.
Cook had been one of the Warriors' standout players this season, starting in Stephen Curry's absence during the regular season and putting up some stellar numbers for his salary, earning himself a guaranteed contract in the process. But under the lights in the Toyota Center with the world watching, Cook missed an open three that would have given the Warriors the lead, and perhaps the win.
After the loss, Twitter sluths dug up an old tweet from Cook posted two years ago, and things could not be more ironic.
Cook got that one opportunity, and seemingly wasn't ready. Granted, he at least had the guts to take one of the biggest shots the Warriors have had all season, and if you're willing to be the hero, you have to be willing to be the scapegoat as well if things don't go your way.
The Warriors will have a chance to tie the series and send it to Game 7 in Houston if they can land a win against the Rockets at home on Saturday.