Posted May 4 2007 8:04PM
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SECAUCUS, N.J., May 4, 2007 -- As the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors stand triumphant atop the ruins of the Dallas Mavericks' 67-win regular season thanks to their stunning 4-2 series win, we look to the World Wide Web for a little perspective as to huge-ness of Golden State's. As you know by now, the Warriors became the first No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series. Only the Nuggets in 1994 and the Knicks in 1999 have defeated a top seed in the postseason as a No. 8 seed and they both did it in a best-of-five format.
"On paper, the matchup was a mismatch but in reality it was far closer. The Warriors couldn’t have handpicked a better first-round opponent to shake off its playoff cobwebs while the Mavericks couldn’t have received any worse of a draw."
Let's stay within the NBA.com network and see how Dave Simon, who blogged about the series, wrapped up the historic upset:
"There was a palpable sense that Golden State wanted this game more than Dallas. That may not be true, but it's certainly how it looked. They got to all the loose balls, they snatched every rebound, they knocked down open shots, they found each other on the break. They were having fun and Dallas wasn't. They fed off the crowd and showed true emotion, but didn't let the moment consume them. This wasn't a choke job by the Mavs. The Warriors won this series. It was like a tug-of-war and Golden State just pulled harder."
And here's a reason why beat reporters are invaluable for anyone who can surf the web. Check out this gem in Janny Hu's game story in the San Francisco Chronicle. She notes that one of the Warriors' heroes, Stephen Jackson, almost cost the Warriors a chance at the postseason ... when he was with Indiana:
"For the second straight game, the Warriors set individual and team records for three-pointers, and it was only appropriate that Stephen Jackson had seven of them.
Thanks, Janny. Nice work. Let's head to Golden State of Mind, a Warriors fan blog. You can imagine how they're reacting to the thrill of victory:
"Heart, baby. Heart.
Not subtle, but no reason for them to be right now. Let 'em revel.
Meanwhile, at Mavsmoneyball.com, the blog as you can guess, is subdued:
I guess as Mavs blogger I'm supposed to have some huge post either passing out blame or delivering profound optimism. I won't be though. I refuse to join the millions of people who will be piling on my team the rest of the postseason, and I'm currently incapable of providing the second.
Bill Simmons at ESPN's Page 2 says Nowtizki's career on the clock, but also makes a good point about the Warriors. He's talking about trades, but he could be talking about Golden State's style of play, too:
"Here's the thing: [The Warriors] took a few chances. I didn't agree with half of them, but at least they were rolling the dice. This past February at the deadline, did one team take a chance with a big move? Of course not. Everyone thought they were good to go. Ridiculous. This league drives me crazy. I can't take it."
Don't leave now, Bill. It's just getting good.
EVEN MORE BLOGS
Steve Kerr on Yahoo!: I was wrong, but it's not an upset
Deadspin: NBA Blogdome: Whoa, Nellie!
Bleacher Report: It ain't no miracle
AOL NBA Fanhouse: Baby, it's Baron's beard
WHAT MULTI-SPORT WEBSITES ARE SAYING
ESPN.com: Golden Hour Arrives in Oakland
ESPN.com: Mavs' Flameout Leaves Dirk Frustrated, Nellie Avenged
FOXSports.com: Davis, Nellie, Mullin Among Warriors' Heroes
SI.com's Chris Ballard: Warriors revel in historic playoff upset of Mavericks
WHAT THE PAPERS ARE SAYING
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Warriors Rise Fast From Futility
Dallas Morning News: Vanishing Act: Mavs No. 1 & Done
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Mavs Fall in Historic Fashion
InsideBayArea.com: Warriors Dethrone Mavs With Stunning Efficiency
International Herald Tribune : The Golden State Warriors Complete Rare Upset
New York Times: In Victory or Defeat, the 8th-Seeded Warriors Never Go by Unnoticed
San Francisco Chronicle: Unbelievable! Warriors in West Semis
San Francisco Chronicle: This Team Could Be Capable of Anything
San Jose Mercury News: The Elite 8: Warriors Oust Favored Dallas
San Jose Mercury News: Warriors Moments Will Be Savored For Years
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Warriors Complete Giant-Killer Act
USA Today: Dallas vs. Golden State Series is Gripping TV So Far
USA Today: Relentless Warriors End Mavericks' Misery
Washington Post : Bay Area's Golden Boys