The Oklahoma City Thunder were up 3-1 on the Warriors last Tuesday; winning games 3&4 by 20+ points. I wasn’t alone in thinking that the series was over. OKC had all the momentum, and was playing like they were the team that went 73-9, while the Warriors looked warn out, and ready to throw in the towel. Fast forward to today, as we have been reminded of just how good this Warriors team is, as they look to become the 10th team in NBA history to come back from down 3-1.
The Thunder started off game 6 hot, looking like they would coast into a series sealing victory at home. They lead 41-28 midway through the 2nd quarter, with the crowds cheers reaching deafening levels. As most of us were looking on to a Kevin Durant-LeBron James showdown, the Splash Brothers made a statement.
When you look at the Warriors team, you have to admire just how special they truly are. We are talking about a group, that may have the two best 3 point shooters ever… on the same team! Steph made 6 three’s in the contest, while Klay swished in a play-off record 11 three’s! That is what makes them so hard to defend; how do you defend a team with two guys who can hit 3’s at record breaking levels? Not even Gregg Popovich could find an answer for that question.
Klay was the difference maker in the game, scoring 19 in the 4th quarter to help his Warriors rally from an eight point deficit. Not to be outdone by Klays playoff career high of 41, Stephen Curry posted a near triple-double, scoring 31 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out 9 assists. Kevin Durant put in 29 points, while Russell Westbrook scored 28. Solid numbers, but Durant shot 10-31, and Westbrook shot 10-27.
The Thunder actually shot better in the game, shooting 42%, while the Warriors shot 40%, but the Warriors made the shots where they count the most: the three point line. The Thunder shot a pitiful 3-23 from the line (13%), while the Warriors shot 21-45 (46%).
This was another hard fought game, just as game 5 was, leaving me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of the game. I have to say that this has been one of the most thrilling series that i can remember in recent memory. As we move forward to game 7 on Monday, i expect another hard fought game that will be evenly matched all the way until the buzzer sounds. I expect Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook to bounce back from their poor shooting nights, and put up their usual big numbers, doing so with more efficiency. However, I think the Splash Brothers are ready to finish the series as they appear to be back in 73-9 form.
Many have claimed that this series is “the real NBA finals”, which could be true. I don’t know if the Finals can live up to the thrill that this series has given NBA fans, nor can it live up to the hype. We shall see; but as of now, I am looking forward to game 7!