Baller Mind Frame

Thunder Take 3-1 Series Lead After 118-94 Win

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in full control of the West Finals. With the defending champion Golden State Warriors now down 3-1 after losing 118-94 in Game 4, OKC is on the verge of its second NBA Finals appearance in the Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook era.

For the first time of its remarkable 73-regular-season-win campaign, the Warriors have lost twice in a row. It was made possible due to a 36/11/11 game from Westbrook, 26/11 from Kevin Durant, and various contributions from role players.

The critical OKC players who stepped up were Andre Roberson and Serge Ibaka. With no turnovers, Roberson managed to put up 17 points, 12 boards, and 5 steals. Ibaka had 17 points on 11 shots.

Westbrook has been better than 12-27 and Durant has certainly had more efficient contests than 8-24, but OKC’s aggression was on point. This made up for a 43.3 percent shooting display from the field as a team. OKC relentlessly attacked the rim, helping the team shoot 40 free throws compared to 29 for the Warriors.

On Golden State’s end, where does one start? Stephen Curry went 6-20 from the floor and had 6 turnovers. Draymond Green had 6 turnovers on 1-7 shooting. No one on the bench stepped up in any majorly considerable way.

The sole glimmer of hope in this 20-turnover game from the Warriors was a brief Klay Thompson display of excellence in the third quarter. His hot shooting helped GSW cut the deficit to 6, but it wasn’t enough. Thompson didn’t receive help from his teammates, hardly a common statement throughout this 73-win season.

One can also point to Golden State going 9-30 on triples. While OKC didn’t light it up with its 43.3 percent number, it was nevertheless higher than the 41.3 percent showing from GSW. OKC deserves the utmost credit for its dominant victory, however, it’s clear the Warriors are in its own head. Golden State has been sloppy, unpredictable, and careless over the past two games. Drastic changes in efficiency and star-like performances are needed for GSW to make this a series.

OKC now takes its 3-1 to Oakland for Game 5 which will be Thursday, 5/26 at 9:00 PM ET.

 

94
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 26 27 29 12 94
Oklahoma City 30 42 22 24 118
118
9:00 PM ET, May 24, 2016
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

 

Golden State
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Green F 37:40 1-7 4-4 0-2 -30 2 11 2 1 3 6 3 6
H. Barnes F 34:12 4-6 2-2 1-2 -14 0 4 0 0 1 2 2 11
A. Bogut C 11:10 3-3 0-0 0-0 +7 1 3 1 1 0 1 4 6
S. Curry G 39:00 6-20 5-7 2-10 -19 0 5 5 0 2 6 2 19
K. Thompson G 29:11 9-17 4-4 4-11 -14 0 5 1 1 3 1 4 26
A. Iguodala 33:41 3-8 0-0 2-4 -32 1 2 3 0 2 1 3 8
S. Livingston 18:50 2-6 0-0 0-0 -6 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 4
M. Speights 11:32 2-7 1-2 0-1 -5 2 4 0 1 0 2 3 5
F. Ezeli 10:25 3-4 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 8
A. Varejao 4:18 0-1 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Barbosa 3:15 0-0 1-2 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
I. Clark 3:29 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
B. Rush 3:19 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
K. Looney  DNP — INACTIVE
J. McAdoo  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 33-80
(.413)
19-29
(.655)
9-30
(.300)
8 40 15 4 11 21 26 94

 

Oklahoma City
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Durant F 40:38 8-24 9-10 1-5 +22 1 11 4 3 4 3 1 26
S. Ibaka F 32:46 7-11 2-2 1-4 +24 3 7 0 2 0 3 4 17
S. Adams C 24:41 2-4 7-8 0-0 -7 4 7 2 1 2 1 4 11
R. Westbrook G 40:30 12-27 8-8 4-8 +26 5 11 11 0 4 6 1 36
A. Roberson G 40:26 7-12 2-8 1-3 +25 2 12 3 2 5 0 5 17
D. Waiters 32:12 3-7 2-2 2-4 +24 0 3 3 0 0 2 3 10
R. Foye 13:32 0-2 0-0 0-1 -2 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
E. Kanter 8:33 0-2 1-2 0-1 +6 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 1
C. Payne 1:58 0-1 0-0 0-0 +1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
K. Singler 1:58 0-0 0-0 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Mohammed 1:23 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Morrow 1:23 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Collison  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. Huestis  DNP — INACTIVE
M. McGary  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 39-90
(.433)
31-40
(.775)
9-26
(.346)
16 56 23 8 16 17 22 118

 

Officials: Dan Crawford, John Goble, Bill Kennedy
Time of Game: 2:30
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