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

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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

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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 

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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

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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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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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Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 

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The Oklahoma City Thunder blew another fourth quarter lead Monday and the huge underdog Mavericks stole a game to knot the best-of-seven series at 1-1 heading back to Dallas. The Dallas Mavericks were the biggest underdog to pull off an upset in the NBA playoffs. With the series tied and momentum on their side, the Mavericks have to feel much better about the way that they played Oklahoma City as they head home. The Dallas Mavericks host the Oklahoma City Thunder which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the American Airlines Center. The game will be televised on TNT.

The Dallas Mavericks went back to the defensive philosophy from Wesley Matthews and others that carried them in the last three weeks of the regular season. Oklahoma City power forward Kevin Durant also had an off-night. A bit of both likely figured into Durant’s bad shooting night as the Thunder couldn’t overcome his 26 missed field attempts and lost by a point in Game 2. It was the worst postseason shooting performance of his career. His 26 misses were the most he’s had in 716 career regular season and playoff games. Even with Thunder’s bad performance in game 2, they were still within a fraction of a second from taking a 2-0 series lead. The Mavs hung in there, kept the basketball game close and made the plays to get the victory. Top Sports Blog believes the Thunder will respond from this close loss with a Game 3 victory on the road. The Thunder needs to be better and start learning how to close out games.

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NBA – Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors

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Golden St Warriors host the Oklahoma City Thunder – Thursday, March 3

With less than a week after playing one of the best thrilling overtime games so far this season the Golden State Warriors square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder this Thursday night. When Golden State traveled to Oklahoma City last Saturday, it was a six game road streak and the Warriors had to dig deep to pull it out. This time around the Thunder has to play on tired legs with Oklahoma City facing the Warriors on the road. The Golden St Warriors host the Oklahoma City Thunder this Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10:30 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The game will be broadcast on TNT.

In what was arguably the best game of the season so far, the Golden State Warriors relied on the individual offensive brilliance of Steph Curry to will them to an overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. While Kevin Durant dominated as much as he could, he fouled out early in the overtime, after committing a game costing turnover at the end of regulation. In spite of all that, it was still tied at 118 with 10 seconds left until Steph Curry got his hands on the ball.  Steph Curry may not have to bring that same level of magic yet again. Oklahoma City is one of the worst teams in the NBA away from home. The Thunder are just 16-10 on the road despite being large road favorites in most of their games.  It’s very difficult not to back the home team Warriors against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who has to play it’s third road game in four nights.

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