There are many, many levels to pettiness, and Chris Paul showed his petty level is well over 9,000 after he flipped Stephen Curry’s trademark celebration onto his head by shimmying on him in Rockets-Warriors Game 5. Paul hit a ridiculous, contested three over Curry from almost 30 feet out, and on his way back on defense, CP3 shimmied in the two-time MVP’s face.
The shimmy was so timely and perfect, even Curry had to take his hat off to the Rockets’ guard after the game.
“It was well-deserved. It’s a tough shot,” Curry acknowledged. “If you can shimmy on somebody else, you gotta be alright getting shimmied on. So I’ll keep shimmying and maybe he will too, so we’ll see what happens.”
Twitter absolutely loved the shimmy:
for the first time in my life. thank god for chris paul. pic.twitter.com/vSWMpIumvn— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) May 25, 2018
the chris paul shimmy made me scream— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) May 25, 2018
Put that mock shimmy in the Hall of Fame.— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) May 25, 2018
The CP3 shimmy really UPSET the Bay Area lmao. I know Warriors fans are sick seeing him outplay Steph.— Ry (@JustRyCole) May 25, 2018
And they maybe loved Steph Curry’s response even more:
this is the most profound life advice an nba player has ever given me https://t.co/gIZ4AF7ang— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) May 25, 2018
This is actually beautiful and profound life advice https://t.co/faEoYEiHB2— Michael Katz (@KatzM) May 25, 2018
Curry usually breaks out the trademark shoulder movement after he catches fire, just like he did in the third quarter of Game 3.
"This is my f***in' house" + shimmy from Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/f9rSD2wHqp— Born Salty (@cjzero) May 21, 2018
But after he got a taste of his own medicine, Curry had the best possible response during his post-game press conference. We’ll see how this one shakes out in Game 6.