the Warriors and their 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals are poised to alter history.


Irving hits a driving layup late in the shot clock. Tied again, 10.7 to go. Celtics will have the final shot. TNT Alert!

After Horford puts Boston up by 3, J.R. Smith ties it with a 3. We have 35 seconds to play (at least).

Smart makes two of three, Irving misses, and now the Celts can expand the lead in the final minute. Boston calls a timeout with 54.9 to go in regulation.

Of all times to miss a wide-open 3: Love clanks one, and now Boston will go to the line for three with a chance to take the lead.

On Monday, the Warriors and their 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals are poised to alter history. And if they can, rest assured it will be a much greater lovefest than what happened with the last team that accomplished the feat, the 1974 Oakland A’s, a team defined not just by talent, but by dissension, strife and varying levels of embarrassment from top to bottom.

Suffice it to say, no matter the level of antipathy toward this year’s Golden State team, fueled mostly by the addition of superstar Kevin Durant to an already loaded roster, these Warriors can’t possibly match those roughhousing Athletics when it comes to antipathy. Heck, those A’s could not even stand themselves at times.

As The Sporting News’ Lowell Reidenbaugh commented after the A’s wrapped up Cheap Hockey Jerseys For Sale Game 5 vs. the Dodgers and their third straight World Series championship: “Peace Corps Cheap Hockey Jerseys candidates they are not.”

Indeed, on the day before that series began, two of the A’s biggest stars — Rollie Fingers, who would go on to be series MVP that year, and starting pitcher Blue Moon Odom — got into a scuffle over a comment Odom made about Fingers’ wife. Fingers came away with stitches in his head, and Odom sprained his ankle.

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