The Raptors move to within 1 game of winning Canada’s first ever NBA championship at home in Toronto, winning a second straight game in Oakland 105-92. Even though this was a devastating loss for Warriors fans, let’s take a look at some things that were happening on Twitter.
For game 4, we created a twitter dataset that captured the tweets made during the game.
With GCP tools, we:
- used Tweepy to get the Twitter stream and published tweets to PubSub.
- listened to that PubSub subscription and pushed those tweets to BigQuery.
- deployed the setup with .yaml files and bash commands based on the following example.
- pushed all our code to the Google Cloud Repository
After everything was set, we found that a lot of tweets, hashtags, and emojis used before, during and after game 4 including:
- 866,876 tweets posted
- 372,937 hashtags used
- 737,084 @ used
- 79,297 emojis used
Let’s take a look at some of the top 10 hashtags used:
Looks like it is overwhelmingly favoring the Toronto Raptors and people want to see the Warriors go down. #WeTheNorth appears almost 8 times more often than #DubNation or #Warriors.
Let’s take a look at the @’s used on Twitter during this time frame:
Looks like the @ used was for sports and sports columnists. The one that stands out would be the pop singer @ShawnMendes. But it makes more sense since it he is a Toronto native pointed out here in this tweet.
Using the emoji package in Python, let’s take a look at the emojis that were used during this time:
- 😂- 8997
- 🏀- 7547
- 🔥- 5702
- 📺- 2909
- 😳- 2647
- 🦖- 2530
- 👀- 2406
- 😭- 1952
- 👏- 1847
- 💯- 1772
Looks like people were laughing at the Warriors 😂 since losing this game, they are in a 3-1 deficit which is extremely difficult to overcome in an NBA Finals situation.
Here are some examples:
‘Warriors finna lose 😂 Raptors finna go STUEY’
‘golden state playing like they don’t want another ring 😂’
Warriors Sub Situation Be Like…😂
The sad 😭face is probably realizing that the warriors will not win the game and most likely not the series now.
Here are some examples:
‘This could be the last game ever in Oracle 😭’
‘Boogie came to Golden State for a free ring and now they’re actually relying on him to make plays in the finals 😭😭😭’
‘We don’t deserve Steve Kerr 😭😭😭😭’
Or maybe tears of joy:
‘seeing the warriors down 3-1 is just beautiful 😭’
The T-Rex 🦖 usage is interesting to point out since that was probably the closest emoji to a raptor.
It was interesting to look at what kind of languages were used with the langdetect package from Python. Some of the languages other than English that were detected include:
This shows how many people around the world tuned into the NBA finals and tweeted about it.
Series Continues with Game 5 on Monday
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