The Golden State Warriors trailed the Oklahoma City Thunder, 48-42, at the end of the first half of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Then Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrived.
The Warriors rallied in the third quarter behind revived three-point shooting and came back to defeat the Thunder soundly, 96-88. And some Warriors fans are crediting Sanders for the win.
Controversial Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King noted the shift:
Warriors are crushing it since Bernie showed up 38 minutes ago. Were down 6, now up 6. https://t.co/G6ruFrAix3
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 31, 2016
CNN commentator Van Jones, a former Oakland-area community organizer and political activist, also made the connection:
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) May 31, 2016
Soon, the mainstream media were asking the same question:
— Jennifer Debin (@dembinskis) May 31, 2016
From the Boston Globe article:
Maybe Bernie Sanders is exactly what the Golden State Warriors needed.
Sanders arrived at halftime to watch Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif. The Oklahoma City Thunder were up, 48-42 over the Warriors. The winning team would face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The losing team would go home.
With Sanders watching, the Warriors outscored the Thunder by 17 points in the third quarter on their way to a 96-88 win, setting up a rematch for the title with the Cavaliers.
More realistic Sanders fans saw the game as a “good omen,” rather than cause-and-effect. Sanders told reporters, according to CNN: “”They turned it around, I think that is what our campaign is going to do as well; a very good omen for our campaign.”
Skeptics, however, noted that Hillary Clinton has already built a near-insurmountable delegate lead over Sanders, and predicted disappointment:
Sanders supporters and Warriors fans: you had never met one 18 months ago & won’t meet one again 18 months from now. https://t.co/vx9wCFjtqQ
— Thierry Ennui (@Heisenbergkamp) May 31, 2016
The Warriors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Coincidentally, Cleveland is also hosting the Republican National Convention in July.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new e-book, Leadership Secrets of the Kings and Prophets: What the Bible’s Struggles Teach Us About Today, is on sale through Amazon Kindle Direct. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.