Somehow, someway, when almost all hope was lost, the Golden State Warriors pushed the Oklahoma City Thunder to their limits forcing a game 7.
If you were not able to watch game 6 of this series, you missed out.
For nearly the entire game, OKC controlled the tempo and pace. From the start, the Thunder kept clinging to a three to six point lead before eventually pouring it on.
At the start of the second quarter, OKC had a 23-20 lead. That quickly turned into a 29-20 lead. With a little over four minutes left in the second, Thunder took a commanding 41-28 lead as Durant started to heat up knocking down mid range after mid range.
I remember texting a friend saying “game over.” Immediately after I sent that text, here come the Warriors closing the gap. By the end of the second it was a close 53-48 contest.
OKC and GS duked it out for most of the third quarter sharing a couple of leads. But in the end, OKC went on an 8-0 run to close out the third giving them an 83-75 advantage.
Then a fourth quarter for the ages came to fruition. With 7:09 left in the game, Warriors found themselves down 91-84, still within reach of keeping their season alive. Golden State kept scrapping their way back just for the Thunder to keep maintaining a solid lead.
As cliche’ as it is, it is not about how you start, but how you finish. The Warriors were riding Thompson who set a new playoff record with 11 three-pointers (five coming in the fourth) and Curry who finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
With 3:58 left in the game, Curry knocked down a clutch three to close the gap 97-96. Russell Westbrook picked up a foul on the next possession and knocked down both free throws to give the Thunder a three point advantage.
After both squads failed to score on their next possessions, Curry goes down hits another three to tie the game at 99. A couple of possessions later tied at 101, Thompson knocks down his fifth and final three ball of the quarter. Curry kisses a floater off the glass with 14 seconds left to give the Warriors a 106-101 lead. Thompson eventually ices the game with two free throws with eight seconds to go, 108-101.
Just like that, the Warriors claw back from 3-1 and now own the home court advantage after stealing game 6 in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder are a prime example of why basketball is and always will be a TEAM sport. You know why LeBron is so damn good and is appearing in his sixth straight finals? He elevates guys like Delonte West, Matthew Dellavedova and Mo Williams to outplay their potential.
The Thunder have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Both of them are top 5-6 players in the entire league. However, when the going gets tough, they mentally deteriorate and forget what got them there.
For most of the series, the two of them did a great job of getting other guys involved with a lot of passing and creating better shots for themselves and their teammates. However, that was not the case late in game 6.
The two of them shared the rock playing iso ball when the game was on the line. The Thunder put Golden State on the ropes and couldn’t land a single punch. They were going for haymakers when they should have been putting together some quick jabs.
The smug attitudes of both Durant and Westbrook make it very easy to shit on them when they fail. They have no problem jiving around when things are going well. But when their back is up against the wall, they act like a bunch of cowards.
In my last post, I mentioned how I am all for the smack talk, which I am. If you continue to read my blog, you will hear me say this on more than one occasion. It is easy to run your mouth when things are going well, any choad mongrel can do that. Talk when your back is against the wall, that takes some testicular fortitude.
The Thunder have buried themselves and it is hilarious. Admittedly, it is mainly because I love watching Curry and Thompson play. When you discredit what the Warriors do, this feeds into their game. That is one of the things I love about the Warriors, they are mentally tough and take everything in stride.
Down 3-1, you could sense they still believed they could win the series. Last night, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could not convince the most gullible person in the world that they believe they can win.
Why? Because they are MENTALLY weak when things go wrong.
This series is heading back to Oracle Arena on Monday night and I will enjoy watching the biggest choke job in recent playoff memory unfold to a team that annoys the crap out of me.
Congratulations Oklahoma City Thunder, you just lost the series. I just hope this time around that the golden boy Kevin Durant gets some of the blame for once.