Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – Game 6 

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder - Game 6 Golden State Warriors avoid elimination, force Game 6 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Golden State Warriors championship team showed up for Game 5 and fought off elimination with a 120-111 victory. The Oklahoma City Thunder dominant wins in Games 3 and 4 set Golden State on their heels and the Dubs are not going to go out without a serious fight. The Warriors are down 3-2 in the series and face a tremendous challenge to advance to the NBA Finals.  The game between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 9 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game will be televised on TNT.

The Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t play well in Game 5 but had their chances. The Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook struggled a bit in this game. The two combined for 71 points but took 59 shots to get there. Unlike Games 3 and 4, they got little help from the support players. The Thunder will not want a return trip to Northern California. Oklahoma City won Games 3 and 4 by a combined 52 points. They will want to lean on what worked when they crushed the Dubs in Games 3 and 4. The Thunder have the statistics on their side in this series. Only nine teams of the previous 232 that trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series came back to win.

The Golden State Warriors just wasn’t ready to begin its offseason in Game 5. It wasn’t the type of win we usually see from the Warriors. The Dubs had to work on both sides of the ball and were forced into difficult shots by the Thunder. The Warriors need Stephen Curry doing a lot of work to have a chance. He had 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals last Thursday. He didn’t have his most efficient game, shooting 9 of 20 from the field and 3 of 8 from three-point range.  He did make all 10 free throws and worked hard to get shots against the Thunder’s stifling defensive pressure. Even so, Top Sports Blog has to give the edge in Game 6 to the Oklahoma City Thunder who will have home court advantage.

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors – Game 5

Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors Game 5Oklahoma City Thunder leads series 3-1 at Golden State Warriors for Game 5

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday 118-94. The Thunder take a 3-1 series lead that put the Warriors on the brink of elimination. The Warriors hadn’t lost two straight games until now. The series is headed back to California. The Thunder can close out the series with a victory in Game 5.  The game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 9 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The matchup will be televised on TNT.

The Golden State Warriors was naturally favored coming into this series. The Warriors set a league record for regular season wins. The Thunder didn’t  believe they were the underdog.  Just like they did to San Antonio, they made the Warriors look slow and over matched with the most devastating mix of athleticism. The Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook did fantastic throughout Game 4. He posted his first triple-double of the postseason with 36 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. He is a really aggressive player and that has raised the Thunder’s intensity a few levels. Westbrook also played tremendous defense by turning steals into transition buckets, and getting in passing lanes.

Top Sports Blog believes the Thunder have appeared to shake the Warriors’ confidence for the first time all season. The dynamics of this series can change in Oakland however.  The Warriors still have the stars capable of carrying the team and the ability to come back. It appears that the Golden State stars are struggling and the Oklahoma City stars are not. For the Thunder, players like Serge Ibaka, Dion Waiters, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson, are stepping up.  This has been the big story in this postseason series. The edge in Game 5 goes to the Thunder.

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Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – Game 4 

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder - Game 4 Second straight title for Golden State Warriors seems to be anything but a given

The Golden State Warriors took a beating from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday’s Game 3.  That win gives the Thunder control of the series and can put the defending champs in a huge hole. The Warriors look vulnerable but don’t count Golden State out just yet. The Dubs haven’t lost consecutive games all season. The thought that they are invincible that carried them to a record number of wins is gone. The Warriors can get it back, and while it will be difficult, they are the defending champs for a reason. The matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 9 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game will be televised on TNT.

The Warriors power forward Draymond Green kicked the Thunder center Steven Adams in the jewels with his foot again during Game 3. Adams was able to get up and to return to the game. Following a review of the play, the officials gave Green a Flagrant 1 foul.  After the Green foul, the Thunder went on a 24-5 run to close out the half. After half-time the Thunder went on to a 45-point third quarter to build a lead of as much as 41. Green did not have a good game and was a non-factor. He made just 1 of 9 field goals for six points and was minus-43 on the floor. The Dubs need Draymond Green to play at the same level he has for the entire year, along with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to pull off this series against the Thunder.  The Thunder superstar power forward Kevin Durant  has beaten the Dubs by his relentless performance in Game 3. Top Sports Blog believes the Warriors edge may be missing but no team bounces back better than Golden State. The Warriors will come out with a sense of urgency and if the Thunder isn’t ready to answer, this series may come back to Oracle Arena all tied up.

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Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – Game 3

stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-v-oklahoma-city-thunderGolden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – Western Conference Finals

The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder series was tied up 1-1. The Western Conference Finals will shift back to the Sooner State for Game 3. The duel between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder will take place at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game will be broadcast on TNT.

The Oklahoma City Thunder really didn’t do a lot different in their approach to Game 2.  The Thunder used their big lineup like in Game 1 for defense, and let their two superstars Westbrook and Durant run the offense. The big difference in this game was Stephen Curry for the Warriors got red hot in the third quarter. He went on a 15-2 run against OKC at Oracle Arena and turned the game into a runaway. The head coach Steve Kerr made the adjustment in Game 2 by using power forward Draymond Green as a free safety instead of a man-to-man defender. The Thunder needs to give Westbrook and Durant more help because they can’t do it all by themselves. The Thunder center Steven Adams had a great game against the Warriors in Game 1, but that came to an end largely because Green was able to sit in the middle of the defense and stop entry passes into the paint off of dribble penetration. The Thunder power forward Kevin Durant looks a little tired from playing so many minutes in the last six games. He turned the ball over eight times in Game 2, and he now has at least five turnovers in six of his last seven games.

The Golden State Warriors didn’t do anything all that different on the offense during Game 2.  Stephen Curry scored 28 points, Klay Thompson scored 15, and Green scored 10. The Warriors improved their shooting percentage in Game 2 and shot 50.6 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from 3-point land. During Game 1 they shot 44.0 percent from the field and only 36.7 percent from 3-point land. Top Sports Blog has noticed that the Dubs have done better and have shot 55 percent from the field in big games before. If Curry takes off late in Game 3 we think the Dubs will take over and the Thunder will not recover.

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors – Game 2 

Oklahoma-City-Thunder-vs.-Golden-State-WarriorsGolden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA playoffs

The Oklahoma City Thunder upset the Golden State Warriors at home with a 108-102 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.  The matchup for Game 2 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 9 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The game will be televised on TNT.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is a team to be reckoned with. They upset the No. 2 seed Spurs by winning two games in San Antonio.  Up to that point he Spurs just lost one home game during the regular season. Power forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russel Westbrook are the backbone of the Thunder. The Thunder stayed in the game just enough to let their big guns Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook win it for them. Also, center Steven Adams was a pleasant surprise in Game 1 with 16 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes.  He is physically big and his interior defense takes the Thunder to another level.

The Golden State Warriors led by as much as 14 points in Game 1, but the Thunder stayed in it.  Stephen Curry made his second straight start since coming off the bench in Game 4 against Portland. His right knee sprain still isn’t 100 percent  but he will manage just fine going forward.  The Warriors half court offense was taken away by the Thunder defense and that hurried them into trying the three-pointers. Golden State was 11 for 30 for just 36.7 percent in their three-point shots. The Warriors are unbeatable when the three-pointers drop, and are vulnerable when they don’t drop. The thing about the Warriors is that they’ve responded all season. Top Sports Blog believes while the Thunder looked good on Monday, the Warriors will counter just like they have all year and win Game 2. The Warriors haven’t lost consecutive games all season and will even this NBA series.

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors – Game 1

Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State WarriorsGolden State Warriors gear up for Oklahoma City Thunder in West finals

The Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry took down Portland in Game 5 without any trouble. The Warriors also won without Curry but had to rely more heavily on their defense. The Golden State Warriors need a healthy Curry and are certainly going to try to make short work of the Thunder in Game 1. The Oklahoma City Thunder played excellent ball and upset the Spurs winning four out of five in the semifinals. The Thunder will need to figure out how to use their big lineup the same way they did against the Spurs if they are going to win in this series. The matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The game will be broadcast on TNT.

The Golden State Warriors  MVP Stephen Curry is healthy, and that’s going to make it hard for the Thunder. With Curry in the lineup, the Dubs have averaged about 116 points per game this season. He has been hitting his three point shots as of late and buried 10 of them in his last five quarters of game time plus overtime.

The Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, will have to figure out how to use his big lineup the same way he did against the Spurs. Steven Adams stepped up big and had a great series against San Antonio and the Thunder needs to figure out his roll again versus the Warriors. If they put Draymond Green at the four and Andrew Bogut at the five spot, Adams can be center in front of the basket and be a force in the paint.  If Green is playing at center, Adams might be forced away from the basket, however Kevin Durant can play a huge role on the boards. Top Sports Blog thinks if the Thunder can’t figure out how to use their big lineup, they could loose big on the perimeter by the best three point shooting team in the league.

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Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers – Game 3

Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State WarriorsGame 3 is Saturday in Portland, and Curry could be in uniform

The Portland Trail Blazers could not hold on to the lead in Game 2 and may have missed their best shot to take down the Golden State Warriors. The Blazers may have to face the Warriors with MVP Stephen Curry back into the fold. The Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give Portland an 11 point lead at the end of the third quarter.  Golden State is known for their late game excellence and the run in Game 2 was most impressive in that Portland looked ready to hold on for a series-tying victory. The Warriors know how to finish and the Blazers couldn’t keep up. The Blazers only scored 12 points to the Warriors 34 points in the last quarter. The matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Moda Center. The game will be broadcast on ABC.

The Golden State Warriors have done just fine without Curry in the lineup. Without Curry the Warriors rely more heavily on their defense. It was apparent in Game 2 that the defense played a huge part in their fourth quarter comeback. The last time the Warriors played Portland on their home court they lost big time 137-105 back on Feb. 19, in their worst loss of the season. The Blazers now know that they can beat Golden State on their floor so this basketball series isn’t over yet.

The Blazers point guard Damian Lillard and shooting guard C.J. McCollum were were having a great game during the first 36 minutes. However, Golden State’s swarming defense took them out of the equation during the final 12 minutes. Top Sports Blog believes if the Blazers want to win Game 3, they need to keep it in the backcourt for the entire night.

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San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder – Game 3

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City ThunderSan Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of NBA Playoffs

The  Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday pulled off a surprising win in Game 2. They handed the San Antonio Spurs its second home loss of the season. The Thunder is looking forward to to seize control playing on their home floor, with the series tied at 1-1. The Spurs  starters logged a majority of minutes in Monday’s Game 2 loss. In a long series the close games will likely benefit the younger Thunder. However, the Spurs should be ready with three days off to take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday. The game  between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will take place on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 9:30 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on ESPN.

The San Antonio Spurs dominated Game 1 of the series against the Thunder.  Game 2 was very different and was closer to what most analysts thought.  The Spurs didn’t play well in Game 2.  The poor shooting by the Spurs cost them a chance to go up two games in this NBA series. The Thunder barely escaped with the win. With 13 seconds left in the fourth, the Thunder went from an inbounds play and ending the game with free throws to clinch the win, to defending their goal following a turnover.

The  Oklahoma City Thunder played a really good game 2. After loosing badly in Game 1, they responded with crisp ball movement, the shots were falling, and they pressured San Antonio. The Thunder is having trouble stopping power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. After going off for 38 points in Game 1, Aldridge scored 22 points in the first half  of game 2. He kept the Spurs in the game after they fell into an early hole and he continued to pick apart the OKC defense throughout the night. Aldridge needed some help on Monday in game 2, but didn’t get it. Top Sports Blog thinks the win by the Thunder on the road is a huge momentum boost, but the Spurs will get their game back in a hostile environment and pull off a win.

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Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat in Game 5

 Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets - Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Miami Heat back on Home Court vs. Charlotte Hornets with Playoff Series tied at 2-2

The Charlotte Hornets stay alive with the playoff series tied at 2-2 with the Miami Heat. The best of seven game series is now tied at 2-2 and heading back to Miami for Game 5. The game between the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat is scheduled to start on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET at American Airlines Arena. The matchup will be televised on TNT.

The Charlotte Hornets did a lineup change in Saturday’s Game 3 with their big men dominating down low. It worked and that was a good thing because the Hornets leading scorer Kemba Walker made just 4 of 19 field goal attempts for 17 points. On Monday’s game Miami paid closer attention paid to Jefferson and Kaminsky down low. This meant the outside opened up for the Hornets point guard Walker to take advantage. The difference was he made his shots on Monday. Walker connected for 13 shots on Monday and made his playoff career-high of 34 points.

The Miami Heat have proved to be two different teams through the first four games in this series. The Miami Heat throttled the Hornets in their home court during the first two games. They racked up 238 points to match a franchise record. The Heat team that played the past two games struggled to score. They failed to protect the paint and made costly mistakes in Game 3 on Saturday. In game 4 on Monday the Heat squandered chances to potentially win that one. Top Sports Blog believes the Heat will play better than they did in than they did in Games 3 and 4  on their home court and should come out the victor on this one.

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Miami Heat at Charlotte Hornets in Game 3

Miami Heat at Charlotte HornetsMiami Heat on fire in first two games, now back to the hive might be what Charlotte Hornets need

The Charlotte Hornets had a strong finish to the end their season. The Hornets are 0-2 in this series against the Miami Heat and are looking for their first postseason victory since 2002. Charlotte will have to turn things around at home, where the team performed much better during the regular season. Charlotte’s 30 regular season home wins were the third-most in the Eastern Conference during the regular year. The Hornets won 13 of their final 15 regular season home games, including a victory over the league’s second-best team San Antonio. The matchup between the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Time Warner Cable Arena. The game will be televised on TNT.

The Miami Heat have been outstanding on offense over the first two games of this series knocking down over 50 percent of your shots in a game. The Heat hit over 57 percent in each game and collectively have drained 57.8 percent and 52.9 percent of their threes. It’s been an amazing shooting display. The Heat have struggled on the road at the end of the regular season, going 1-3 in their final four road games, and 3-6 in their last nine.

It may look like the Hornets are not playing defense but they actually are. Being a bit tougher on the defensive side will also help Charlotte’s chances of slicing the series deficit in half.  Top Sports Blog believes that the Charlotte Hornets will be a different team at Time Warner Cable Arena, posting the third-most home wins among Eastern Conference teams. The home court advantage will be the big difference as the Hornets finally pick up their first playoff victory.

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