Rihanna vs. Kevin Durant Is the Most Important Rivalry of the 2017 NBA Finals
By Meredith B. Kile
If the sports historians are to be believed, Steph Curry and LeBron James’ showdown in the 2017 NBA Finals is one for the ages, a NBA rivalry on par with Celtics/Lakers, Pacers/Knicks, and Bulls/Pistons faceoffs of years past.
But anyone who watched Curry’s Warriors’ dominant 113-91 win over LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday knows there’s an even more interesting rivalry brewing: Rihanna vs. Kevin Durant.
Bad Girl RiRi was courtside for Game 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, and made her presence known, staying for the entirety of the game (something of a rarity for celeb fans, who tend to skirt out after a few photo ops) and making her loyalty to the Cavs clear to surrounding Warriors fans, the Twitter-verse, and Durant in particular.
After bowing to James as he came down the court on defense, Rihanna shushed Golden State fans who didn’t like her enthusiastic presence, giving them a fluttering, dismissive wave, and a dab for good measure.
Amazing. Rihanna bows to LeBron then hits a dab and small waves a Warriors fan telling her to sit down. 💀 pic.twitter.com/q0IyIPIbGK
But the showdown between RiRi and KD really kicked off when the songstress seemingly yelled “Brick” during some of Durant’s free throws, prompting a series of staredowns between the two that sent social media into a frenzy.