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Warriors and Thunder Game 2

May 18, 2016

This is mostly just to open a new thread for discussion (during and) after the game.  I am actually going to be at a track stadium all day, for the student fitness tests, so I won’t see the game until well after it is over.  I will try to watch without spoilers and then bring my thoughts afterward, hoping that you have already shared yours.  I can say this beforehand, however.  The Warriors absolutely have to win tonight, or so many analysts (including our resident Frenik) are correct, that their puzzle has been solved, their system has a dead end.  I don’t believe their system was tested last year.  I am not taking anything away from their championship, but rather that because of the teams they met, and the state those teams were in last year, it wasn’t fully tested.  The other thing is that the Cavs are absolutely fearsome.  I didn’t worry about them at all, all season, but unless the Thunder and the Warriors (Steph and Klay in particular) pick up their game, I can’t see them beating the Cavs in the finals.  (Note:  The Raptors aren’t all that hot, nor were the Hawks, it is just that the Cavs are playing with well and with their hearts wide open, and neither the Thunder nor the Warriors played more than 24 minutes of solid basketball.)

And now I will take my foot out of my mouth so that I can use it to go to work.  Have a great evening everyone!  Talk to you soon.

 

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12 Comments
  1. Blankman permalink*
    May 19, 2016 12:45 am

    That was one ugly game by OKC. Sheesh, the turnovers and frustrations were ridiculous. Nothing else to say other than the Thunder didn’t show up to play like they did on Monday.

  2. May 19, 2016 12:49 am

    I didn’t watch the second half until the 4th quarter. I saw a competitive game until the last minutes of the second quarter when it started to become unglued. By the time I came back it was already a blowout.

    One thing I did notice is that Golden State went big, and Adams/Kanter were not as effective as the first game. But yeah reading the scores seems like that 3rd quarter was the final detonation. Not sure if the Thunder just gave up and rather save strenght, or they simply couldn’t get back in it, but it didn’t seem like they left it all on the court like the first game.

  3. May 19, 2016 2:56 am

    Guys, I couldn’t stand the suspense. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a score that was 11x to xx and since I am rooting for one team over the other, I had to know which was which. Now I know the end from the beginning, but now I am going to watch how it happened.

    As an aside, does Kanter look a little like Freddy Mercury, or what?! (not in stills, but in game) 😉

    End of 1st quarter. Curry gave up the first 2 turnovers in passes to Bogut. I don’t think Bogut is healthy. Westbrook had some amazing drives, as did Curry. Curry’s last one of the first quarter was phenomenal. Dribbled the ball for 20 seconds ending with a run through the paint past several defenders. That is the Curry I saw beat the Spurs in the regular season. Also, there were quite a few contested threes made. First quarter – Warriors

    Second quarter almost saw Klay and Curry pointless. With the exception of about the last 80 seconds, it was OKC.

    Third quarter: Green, Iggy, Thompson, Bogut, and Curry and Curry just went on a tear, but after a while, Curry started just getting open looks. OKC fell off their game completely.

    Fourth quarter: Just a blow out, like a regular season fold.

    So, now we go back to Oklahoma.

  4. May 19, 2016 8:28 am

    I’ve never seen anyone make it look as easy at Curry. Well, maybe Jordan, but he didn’t have the shot that Curry does. Not that Jordan wasn’t an awesome shooter, but Curry has no limit to his comfort zone. Unbelievable.

  5. May 23, 2016 12:13 am

    Well warriors got wrecked. It’s safe to say the Thunder can definitely take it all by game 5. Jordan never got blown out like that on his 72 win bulls though : P

    • Blankman permalink*
      May 23, 2016 12:31 am

      ESPN’s Wilbon hit the nail on the head when he commented that the Warriors “got clowned.” They were micced up, and they were already making excuses to throw the game away. The starters were making comments that “it’s a seven-game series anyway.” Ummm, not with that defeatist attitude. That’s not how you react after the half. They simply quit, and that is shocking since they’re supposed to be the defending NBA champs.

      Draymond might be suspended because that was a blatant kick at Adams’ jewels. The NBA just suspended Cavs’ Jones for a low blow on the Raptors’ Biyombo. They need to follow through because they already set the precedent. If Green does get suspended (and I think he should), the Warriors are done. I know that he’s trying to get into the heads of the opponents, but a lot of his plays are very questionable (bordering on dirty).

    • May 23, 2016 7:08 am

      I was very surprised to tune in by accident at the start of the 4th period with scores visible – they were supposed to be off – and see that the Starters weren’t on the floor. I waited and waited, and they still didn’t come on. They decided that they didn’t need to win that game when? In the middle of the third? I was very surprised. I thought someone or several people must have gotten injured.

      It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, but quitting with more than a quarter left in the game isn’t a good way to keep her off stage, singing the other team’s anthem. I have talked about the maturity of the Clippers. Well, the Casey-at-bat Warriors better decide they want to win one pretty quick, or they are going to find that none of what they did this year sticks in the minds of fans of the game. Everything forgotten like a fart in the wind – only to be mentioned in passing when their records are beaten.

      Steve Kerr made some interesting points in his post game interview – they were down 2-1 last year against the Grizzlies and the Cavs – (I didn’t see the Grizzlies series – I was watching the Clippers bend over and let Dwight Howard and the Beard do whatever they wanted to them) – but both Curry and Klay were AFK from the Cavs series. Kerr’s interview was amazing, actually. His Koolaid was delicious. But I want to believe.

      I have said all I need to say about Curry and the Warriors (both in support and critical). It is up to them to show what they are made of. Tonight was just very stupid. I didn’t even know how to broach the subject here.

    • RoBBins permalink*
      May 23, 2016 10:52 am

      “His Koolaid was delicious”. I let out an audible LOL and may have attracted a few stares from class mates. Damn you, Suns…

      I loved watching the Warriors get demolished last night. I’ve been thinking OKC in 5 in my head, but thought it may be a stretch. Now it’s looking very good and I love every minute of it. Draymond Green AKA the donkey from Shrek is a straight up douchebag, and I hope he gets suspended ASAP.

    • May 23, 2016 12:30 pm

      It was just a beatdown. IMO it was worst than what the Thunder went through the last game. By the half Thunder already have 72 points!

      It got worst by the 3rd, the were up by 40something by the time they started sitting down starters.

      That’s why you didn’t see them in the fourth. They managed to cut down some of the lead but OKCs bench was still hitting shots. It was in the 30s up to the final minutes.

      The other thing is Draymond Green had the worst performance of a playoff starter in 20 years, as i heard in espn. The entire starting lineup got all the biggest plus and minus differential in history. Not to mention the game ended up being the record breaking score for the Thunder of all-time.

      Mentally is just hard to comeback from that, I don’t care how confident they think they are, or how good their kool-aid is.

      As for OKC they are riding that wave again like they did with the Spurs is going to be harder to beat them.

    • May 23, 2016 4:56 pm

      Always glad to please, RoBBins! 🙂

      Yes, very hard mentally to come back from. The mental game has two sides, and even if the Warriors are still intact and confident after that beatdown, OKC should come out flying – they should be an even more formidable team now than they were in game 1. If there were any doubt in their minds whether or not they could beat the Warriors, they shouldn’t be doubting now.

      With the Cavs up 2-1, no one expected that they could maintain their out-of-their-minds efforts. After that second win, Dellavedova had to go for 3 days on IV just to get his electrolytes back in balance. This is the Thunder, healthy, strong, and with a massive chip on their shoulder now being given the go ahead sign.

      One more thing, if they do take this series (which after that, and with Draymond’s meltdown and probable suspension, they should – I would be a pissed OKC fan if they lose now) the Spurs and Warriors will have given them the confidence to put down the very hungry Cavs.

  6. Blankman permalink*
    May 23, 2016 8:00 pm

    Wow, that’s complete bias that “Donkey” didn’t get suspended. GS didn’t simply dodge a bullet; they dodged a damn nuke because Green’s absence would have been significant even though he had a terrible game last night. Commissioner Silver knows that the Warriors making it to the finals will draw huge ratings. Anything remotely hindering Golden State’s chance would have been huge. I wonder if Silver overturned whatever recommendation was given to him by Vanderweghe.

    One thing is for sure, it’s a distraction that the Warriors don’t need right now since they’re no longer in the driver’s seat. OKC should play out of their minds on game four because now they definitely have a chip on their shoulder.

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