Even though it’s been a while since the Golden State Warriors have been to the NBA postseason, they seem destined for good things with former league great Mark Jackson now at the helm and possessing an All Star caliber backcourt consisting of top scorer Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.
Back in 2007, the Warriors last made the Playoffs behind the catchy mantra “We Believe.” The team was led by veterans Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Jason Richardson, and Matt Barnes and snuck into the postseason with 42 wins and realistically didn’t have much hope of advancing past the 1st Round considering they were set to face the #1 seeded Dallas Mavericks, owners of a gaudy 67-15 record.
But fans and players bought into the “We Believe” movement and helped the Warriors pull off one of the biggest upsets in postseason history as Baron Davis went completely nuts, averaging 25.3 ppg in leading Golden State into the Semi-Finals of the Western Conference. Even though the Warriors have a vastly different roster and haven’t been participants in the NBA’s 2nd season since, the “We Believe” movement remains a rallying cry for the entire Bay area fanbase.
That’s why former Warriors standout Matt Barnes organized the We Believe vs Dubs Charity Game, held last Saturday at Ssn Jose State University with profits going to Barnes’ Athletes vs Cancer Foundation.
While the game pitted members of that magical ’07 team against a team of current players, returning 3rd year guard Steph Curry took advantage of the opportunity to showcase his elite level, all around skills by notching a triple-double in helping the current Dubs team get the best of the We Believe squad 158-153. Of note, Baron Davis showed up late during 3rd quarter action and Stephen Davis was conspicuously absent but surprisingly Gilbert Arenas dropped 5 three pointers, mostly from 30+ feet…
Check out highlights of the We Believe vs Dubs Game:
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.