OKC Leads The Series Against the Champs

Xavier Martinez

Throughout the NBA playoffs we have witnessed countless games that have kept us on the edge of our seats. Now we are in the Conference finals where the Oklahoma City Thunder are taking on the Golden State Warriors. In the first game of the series, the Thunder won 108-102, behind the play of Russell Westbrook. That was then followed by a game two blowout by the Warriors in which they defeated the Thunder 98-118.

With the series headed to Oklahoma City, it seemed that most of momentum was on the Warriors side. Game 3 seemed like a must win for OKC and that’s the way they saw it as well. From the very beginning, the Thunder got out to a great start and gained a 10 point lead. No one expected the Warriors to ever be out of the game, and they would respond by making a run of their own to take the lead. It seemed that all the momentum changed once Draymond Green was called for a flagrant one.

In the first half Green received a flagrant one for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin. After the incident took place OKC would go on a 24-5 point run and would never look back. The play of both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant was to much for Golden State to overcome. Durant had 33 points and Westbrook had 30 points along with 8 rebounds and 12 assist.

The Thunder at one point led by 35 points and it seemed that the Warriors didn’t have an answer. OKC was able to rest their starters for most of the 4th quarter, and it seemed that Golden State had given up. Game 4 will be the most important game of the series because being down 3-1 is a large difference from being tied 2-2. Golden State is going to have to come out on fire if they want to win the game, and OKC should be looking at it as a win or go home situation.