Last night, the basketball world and most casual sports fans saw my Warriors get completely man handled by the Oklahoma City Thunder with a final score of 133-105, with OKC being up by as much as 41 at one point. This was a shock as I predicted the Dubs to steal game 3 and prepare to either go back to Oakland with a commanding 3-1 lead, or at worst tied 2-2 with home court advantage with at 2 or 3 games to go.
With that being said I am worried, like extremely worried. OKC is playing at a very high level right now and they look like a team that’s ready to take the leap to the next level as a championship team. It seems like these teams will continue to trade blowout wins for the next 3 games, but there are outside factors looming too. After a nasty kick to the crowned jewels of OKC center Steven Adams seen below, Draymond is on the brink of facing a 1 game suspension that the league will announce by the end of the day.
If he sits game 4 on the road, the Dubs are essentially done. He is the heart and soul of the team as well as being their best defender and most versatile player. He is pivotal to the Warriors getting back in the series.
Billy Donovan is coaching his butt of and Steve Kerr has yet to respond. Kevin Durant is unstoppable as usual and Russell Westbrook is playing like a top 3 player in the world. OKC had the game of their lives with 6 players in double figures, Westbrook leading the way with 30p, 12a, 8r, and 2 steals. Golden State struggled with none of their 3 stars shooting well and only shooting 41% from the field and 30% from three as a team.
I’m hanging my hat on the fact that my team has not lost a back to back all season and that we will not play this bad 2 games in a row but I’m definitely sweating more than normal. Game 4 on Wednesday should be a clash for history and I think both teams will be at their very best.
- Credits: Ximo Pierto Final on YouTube (Video), NBA.com/thunder (Photos), and ESPN.go.com (Stats)
- By: Melvin Jenkins Jr.