Cavaliers Owner Throws Some Shade Warriors’ Way on Social Media

By Vincent Frank

The 2015 NBA Finals have been pretty contentious between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Tempers have almost reached a boiling point at times, and there seems to be some tension between the two sides. That’s not necessarily a big deal when it comes to such a high-stakes series.

However, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert may have ramped things up a bit on Twitter this weekend:

There’s a whole bunch to look at here.

For those of you who don’t know, Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk took out Kevin Love in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with a cheap shot to the Cavaliers Forward. That sidelined Love for the remainder of the playoffs.

Irving then fractured his kneecap in Game 1 of the Finals against the Warriors earlier this month.

The cameraman is in reference to situation in Game 4 where LeBron James went head first into a NBA TV employee after being fouled by Warriors big man Andrew Bogut.

By the way, the cameraman was legally placed in the right area when James crashed into him.

The Joey Crawford thing is pretty funny. Crawford is known for rubbing players the wrong way on the court, and he got into the face of a couple players during Game 4. But if anyone thinks he’s been in favor of the Warriors in this series, that person needs to take his homer blinders off in short order.

More than any of this, it’s somewhat off-putting that Gilbert would take to social media to point any of this out. In reality, it’s looking to make excuses when excuses aren’t needed. After all, the series is tied at two heading into Game 5 on Sunday night.

This could have very well been in response to Stephen Curry’s wife, Ayesha, throwing a bit of shade the way of Cavaliers fans after the Warriors Game 4 win in Cleveland:

Curry’s wife has since denied that this Instagram post was meant to criticize fans in Cleveland, but it was pretty well placed early Friday morning.

In any event, Gilbert should probably refrain from talking about how “authentic” Cavaliers fans are, at least publicly:


That will just open up Gilbert for criticism, especially considering he’s just a few years removed from calling out James for leaving the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.

Rarely do we see an owner go out of his way to create controversy on social media. Gilbert did just that on Sunday. Now the question becomes whether Warriors fans on hand at Oracle Arena on Sunday for Game 5 will take their aggression out on the visiting team. After all, Oracle is considered the loudest arena in the Association, and the Warriors are 47-4 at their digs this year.

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