It’s not often that you’ll hear Justin Turner and Steph Curry mentioned in the same sentence, but this MLB radio host made an interesting comparison between Turner’s Los Angeles Dodgers and Curry’s Warriors earlier this week. .
“Many of their [the Warriors] games in the playoffs for about three years, they had guys that smelled blood like Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry. It’s Justin Turner, Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, Mookie – they have guys on this team who smell blood and they know the Giants are slipping, ”said Casey Stern, host of Sirius XM MLB Radio (h / t Dodgers Nation).
Stern’s comparison came as the Dodgers finally caught up with the Giants in western NL, after trailing San Francisco for most of the summer. The comments came, however, before the Giants secured a thrilling victory over LA on Friday night in extra innings.
The win put the Giants back to a one-game lead over the Dodgers in the division standings, with two more games scheduled this weekend between the teams.
The Giants were the surprise story of the 2021 MLB season, surpassing expectations of owning the league’s best record with about a month to go.
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Stern added to his analogy, saying that like the Warriors in their prime, the depth of the Dodgers makes their downfall nearly impossible.
“If you were to beat the Warriors during those days, they were going to have to have a bad shooting night. You couldn’t beat them if they played their B game and you played your A game. It’s not good enough. If their [the Dodgers] The reliever pen doesn’t have a week or two based on implosion, it won’t matter what you do.
To be fair, the Warriors have won three titles in five years, while the Dodgers have won one (in a pandemic shortened season with an all-new playoff format) and lost two World Series over the course of of the last five seasons.
It’s an interesting comparison, but let’s see if the Dodgers can win a championship in a standard 162-game season and normal MLB playoff format before we start comparing them to the most dominant NBA team of the 21st century. .