The Golden State Warriors are headed to their fifth-straight NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers, making them just the second NBA team to reach the Finals five consecutive times (the other one is the Boston Celtics, who made 10 straight Finals appearances from 1957 to 1966, winning nine titles in the process). That’s sparked some musings on how remarkable of an accomplishment that is and how the Warriors did it, including a piece headlined “Why the Golden State Warriors Are in the NBA Finals—Again” by Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal, featuring the subhead of “The five essential players of this dynasty—Curry, Thompson, Green, Iguodala and Durant—were necessary to do something that no team had done in more than 50 years.”
But the way that paper promoted the piece on Twitter got them ratioed hard (to the count of 905 replies, 192 retweets and 638 likes just before 2 p.m. ET):
The Warriors would not be a dynasty without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant https://t.co/9Po7NDjWWX
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 21, 2019
Did they miss the memo that life isn’t a Captain Obvious commercial? At any rate, this one got plenty of funny responses. Here are some of the best dunks on that:
Huey, Dewey, and Louie wouldn’t have been a family without Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
— Mort Lemonade (@mitchzaavo) May 21, 2019
The United States would not be a country without George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison. https://t.co/n22By1T5b9
— Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) May 21, 2019
In other shocking news, the Cowboys of the 90’s wouldn’t have been a dynasty without Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Charles Haley.
— Not Nervy LFC Supporter (@BrandonBibb_DBD) May 21, 2019
The summer would not be hot without the sun.
— Ben Mabra (@benmabra20) May 21, 2019
It’s important to consider that Star Wars needed both Stars and Wars to truly become a box office phenomenon.
— Brendel (@Brendelbored) May 21, 2019
“The Earth would be a whole lot tougher to live on without oxygen.”
— Civil War Humor (@CivilWarHumor) May 21, 2019
“Things wouldn’t have been like this, if they were different.”
— the Lorso (@theLorso) May 21, 2019
Typical under-handed strategy, having players
— Red Durkin (@RedIsDead) May 21, 2019
Interesting angle to take. Not having their best players would make them a worse team.
— Ryan C (@RyanInCLE) May 21, 2019
you said it. they wouldn’t be a basketball team if none of their players played basketball either.
— pro bowl mvp (@rynej__) May 21, 2019
Did Magic write this headline
— Chi Young Moon (@ChiYoungMoon) May 21, 2019
The Celtics would not be a dynasty without their 17 championships.
— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) May 21, 2019
— Eric O. (@eorvieto) May 21, 2019
No, $#!^, Sherlock
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) May 21, 2019
Congratulations to the WSJ on uniting sports Twitter. Unfortunately, it was against them.