Chris Hayes might stick to the news after one of his latest tweets. Unless he enjoys a swell of response from perturbed Warriors fans, that is.
Hayes, the MSNBC primetime host, simply pondered whether Blazers guard Damian Lillard is better than Warriors superstar and two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry. Here’s his initial tweet, which I’m sure he thought was harmless and might glide under the radar of Warriors rooters.
Lillard and Curry are both playing magnificent basketball in 2021, so it’s not an unfair question. As one can see from the responses, it initiated quite a debate, one that Hayes wasn’t expecting.
Per Drew Shiller of NBC Sports, each player’s stats for the last eight games are stupendous, which explains why Hayes posed the question. Curry has averaged 35.3 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 58 percent overall and 50 percent from 3. Lillard has averaged 30.3 points and 7.8 assists, shooting 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range.
But Warriors fans let Hayes have it. Here are a few of the most-liked responses.
And there are more where that came from. You could spend hours going through all the responses, with many backing Lillard, as well.
So what do you think? Is it a fair question? Or do Curry’s accomplishments make it a non-issue? I say Curry’s 10-0 record against Lillard and the Blazers in the playoffs — 8-0 without Kevin Durant — is a clear indicator of who the better player is. But it’s also a healthy debate, as Haynes clearly learned.
Drop you thoughts in the comments below, and definitely watch Curry in action Monday night against the Cavaliers. And if there’s time, check some Lillard highlights as well, so you can be well-informed for this spirited debate.
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