The NBA Playoffs have been extra spicy this year.
LeBron James has had it with Lance Stephenson, whose primary goal isn’t to score but to get under James’ skin. The Toronto-Washington series has also been chippy and resulted in a couple technical fouls. But the most bizarre moment by far was during the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs series. As they are possibly two of the most chill franchises around—aside from enforcer Draymond Green—no one expected a technical foul during one of their match-ups.
But during Sunday’s game in San Antonio, David West caught a technical for…riding an exercise bike in the tunnel. West was sitting on the bench when JaVale McGee was whistled for a charge during the third quarter. West knew that he’d get called back into the game, so he ran to the exercise bike to get warmed up. Since he technically left the bench do so, the 37-year-old Warrior got hit with a tech. He’s no stranger to having some confrontation with officials, but this is undoubtedly his most bizarre interaction.
Perhaps crazier is that the San Antonio Spurs were able to edge out a win over the Golden State Warriors to avoid being completely swept. Sure, Steph Curry is still out with a knee injury, but so is the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. Coach Popovich is out due to his wife’s death last week, but his team isn’t giving up that easily. Manu Ginobili had a flashback to his younger days and hit two clutch three-pointers toward the end of the game. LaMarcus Aldridge helped Ginobili when he banked a three-pointer despite being heavily guarded.
Even Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr couldn’t help but be in awe of Ginobili spinning back the hands of time. “I smiled when he made that corner three right in front of us at the end of the game. It was just so typical Manu. Forty years old and 16 points and hits the clinching three. He’s Manu. That’s what he does,” coach Kerr later said.