After beating the Golden State Warriors twice this season, and 6 times in a row for that matter, Monday night’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers proved to be a crucial home matchup in Oakland–we thought. After the game on Thursday night, Golden State Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes took to the internet with his thoughts on the game, and warriors fans.
Thanks to all the Warrior fans that came out to support is tonight. Big time road win!
— Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes) March 26, 2013
Wait, Harrison I think You’re mistaken. The Warriors played at home in their home white jersey’s . . . oh, I see what you’re doing. That might be have to be categorized under the harsh but true, or ballsy thing to tweet out by a rookie category.
Monday night at Oracle arena at Oakland saw what it normally sees when the Lakers come to town, a strong Lakers fans contingent. But that is usually predicated on the Warriors’ futility. Lakers fans fill up the arena with their one (or 2) chance(s) per seasons to see Kobe and their favorite Lakers in person.
But the Warriors are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since Baron Davis and company shocked Dirk Nowitzki in the first round as the 8th seed in 2007. In fact, the Warriors are doing so well, they’ve sold out their 25th consecutive home game this season dating back to the first week of December.
The seventh pick in the 2012 NBA draft may have been unfamiliar with the dynamic of this matchup before this year. But after the Warriors first win this season against the often woeful Lakers, Harrison Barnes demonstrates why he was a highly regarded prospect. He gets it. And it of course is the relationship between the two franchises.
His thanking of the Warriors fans who showed up Monday is probably sincere. Even though the Warriors blew up the Lakers for the majority of the game that ended with a 109-103 final, the Purple and Gold in Oracle Arena was noticeable and in force. And Harrison Barnes put Warriors fans on notice.
Bay Area fans are proud to point out what better fans they are than the celebrity, arrive in the 3rd leave in the 7th, LA fans. Harrison Barnes put Warriors fans on notice though, even those that remained fans through all of the embarrassing times. Lakers fans are a.) everywhere and b.) legit, even if the team has not seen expectations, let alone met them.
Barnes tweet may have been good natured, but no fan base likes to be called out, even if it is for being out supported in your home building.