Basketball’s traveling road snow comes to town Saturday night. The Golden State Warriors are the Harlem Globetrotters of the NBA this season, embarrassing teams around the league. Pretty much treating them like the Washington Generals.
Can the Thunder pull the upset tonight?
OKC did hang with the Warriors in a 116-108 loss in Oakland three weeks ago.
Kevin Durant had 40 and Russell Westbrook added 27 in that loss, but it took a late rally by the Thunder to make it close.
And the sharp-shooting Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were just 2-of-14 from 3-point range that night. Ain’t gonna happen again.
Curry did make clutch late buckets and finished with 26 points to help close it, but mostly OKC was done in by two familiar issues, inconsistent defense and erratic bench play.
The Warriors bench out scored the Thunder 42-17.
Can OKC get it done and hand the Warriors their sixth loss of the season tonight?
The Thunder is more than capable. It’s the final game of Golden State’s seven game road trip. Having Durant and Westbrook always helps, but they’ll need help.
X-factors like Serge Ibaka, Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter need to show up.
The Thunder needs to get some stops. Avoid playing hero ball down the stretch in a close game. Get to the foul line. Grab the majority of the loose balls. Keep the tremendous OKC crowd in the game.
It can be done in ONE game.
Seven game series? Highly unlikely against these guys.
The Thunder has been good, but not as good as expected this season. Not enough defense or bench production.
They just aren’t as good as Golden State and San Antonio.
OKC is being measured against an incredible Warriors season (52-5) that might end up as the best in NBA history.
And the Spurs are an impressive 49-9.
It seems like those two teams are on the lead lap by themselves in the Western Conference, adding to the frustration for Thunder fans.
For now, let’s just focus on tonight. Hope the Skirvin bed bugs bite. And pray a comfortable Warriors win doesn’t heat up all the KD-to-Golden State talk again.
An Oklahoma City victory would make for a pretty cool Saturday night.
Warriors… come out and play.