Battle In The Bay
Just five days removed from an overtime battle that took place in Oklahoma City, the Thunder make a trip to Oracle Arena to face off against the Warriors.
The Thunder have had two games since the last matchup to remove the dagger that Steph Curry buried deep in their chest. Unfortunately, they are coming off of a collapse against the Clippers last night.
The Warriors on the other hand have had one game since the prior meeting, which was another overtime victory. That game against Atlanta saw the Warriors win without Curry and Andre Iguodala.
At this time both Curry and Iguodala are listed as questionable for tonight’s game. It seems unlikely that they would miss this game though. Not only is it a chance to assert their dominance in the Western Conference, but also a win matches the record most consecutive home game wins by a team. This Warriors team has talked all season about how they want to break records, so it figures they will try to break this one as well.
The Thunder on the other side have a lot riding on this game. First off, they are more than likely aware of the streak and would love to ruin that. Second, they would love to show that they can beat the top team in the NBA. Lastly, they only have a 1.5 game cushion over the Clippers for the 3rd seed.
The Thunder have not been shy about their lackluster performance since the all-star break. They have struggled not in terms of overall stat production, but in ability to control a game. Poor decisions have lead to too many turnovers. Defense has been subpar as far as this team is concerned. All of these things need to change as the playoffs draw near if this team will have any chance to advance in the playoffs. Tonight is their night to prove they are still relevant.
The Warriors have had some close encounters, but have proven that when the game is on the line, their stars are better than yours. Whether it is Steph Curry sinking 12 3-pointers, including a 32 footer for the win, or Draymond Green making a 3-pointer while doing some awkward jump shot. Their team chemistry is seemingly unmatched by any team in the league, except maybe the Spurs.
If the Thunder plan to win tonight in The Oracle Arena, they are going to need to play both fast and physical. This is what allowed them to get in the Warriors heads the last time they met. The key to them playing fast is that they (mainly Westbrook) need to play in their means and under control.
When all is said and done, the Warriors will have the desire and the heart to keep their streak alive at home.
Warriors 119- Thunder 107