COHN: Play like pros, Warriors, or become a joke

  • Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) drives on San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, defends during the second half in Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO - I offer these challenges to the Warriors. They better meet these challenges if they don't want their season to end tonight.

To Stephen Curry: You're the Warriors' star. Play like it.

On Tuesday night, Curry was pathetic, played like some junior varsity walk-on. Sorry for the harsh words, but they're true. Nine points? Come on. The Spurs controlled Curry, and when they weren't controlling him, he was out of control. Like when he dribbled the ball off his foot for no good reason and it went out of bounds.

Curry is the team leader and the Warriors' offensive force, and when he is "terrible, plain and simple" -- his words -- the Warriors are terrible plain and simple.

To Klay Thompson: Be Klay Thompson.

In the Game 5 humiliation, he scored four points in 35 minutes and looked like a Klay Thompson impersonator. He took only eight shots. Was he even on the court? I lost sight of him for minutes at a time.

He must have gone out, bought a hot dog and a Coke, and texted a few friends during the game. Otherwise, his skimpy numbers are impossible to explain.

Note to Curry and Thompson: Head coach Mark Jackson keeps saying you are the "best shooting" backcourt in NBA history. That's high praise even from a coach who lives on hyperbole. You didn't look like the best on Tuesday, and if you flop tonight, that thing about being the best-shooting backcourt will become the punch line of a joke. Best to avoid becoming a joke.

To Andrew Bogut: Pull your weight.

That's a metaphor and it's probably unkind. It refers to rebounds. Until Game 5, Bogut had been pulling down rebounds like a monster. In Game 4, a definitive Warriors win, Bogut yanked down 18 boards. He was fierce. But Tuesday night in San Antonio, the "other" Bogut showed up. This one was a pacifist. He had six rebounds and two points and mostly seemed subdued. He played only 19 minutes.

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