Warriors Down but Not Out
The Oklahoma City Thunder handled the Golden State Warriors in back-to-back playoff games. Warriors led by MVP Steph Curry lost by a combined 52 points and were given their first consecutive loss all season. The Warriors have 2 of the next 3 games at the Oracle, and they know they have to win them all. They did not win 73 games for nothing, and the Thunder better not think that they have it in the bag.
Why are the Warriors failing? Well it starts from the free throw line the last two games; the Warriors are just shooting 70% as a team thanks to Festus Ezeli, while the Thunder are at 83%. The Warriors also have turned the ball over 35 times leading to easy points for OKC. Also over the last 2 games the Warriors have been out rebounded 118-88, explaining why they are losing by almost 30 points in these two games. Warriors have only had 29 fast break points their last two games. This is the Warriors bread and butter, get the ball and go. The Warriors live for the high paced offense running the floor and hitting that transition three. We’re going to need to see more of this if the Warriors want to be successful.
What the Warriors need to do: As a team they cannot turn the ball over, they need to connect on their free throws, and crash the boards not allowing OKC any second chance points. Warriors need to get to their fast break offense, play better defense, and stay out of foul trouble, especially Thompson and Bogut. Curry the regular season MVP has played decent but not like the MVP we’re used to. He has not gotten hot in these last two games and needs to catch some fire in these next three games to give the Warriors that push they need. When he plays better the team plays better. The X-factor for the Warriors is Draymond Green, after back-to-back nights of putting up only 6 points pauses for great concern. For a guy who had 13 triple doubles during the regular season (second most behind Westbrook) is having just as many turnovers as points is not a formula for winning. Green needs to step it up, not saying he needs to have a triple double, but he needs to take care of the ball more and put up some points.
Warriors are down but they are definitely not rolling over. Head coach Steve Kerr needs to figure out a formula to stop Westbrook and Durant who look nearly unstoppable these last two games, and he needs to figure out a way to get his team pumped up and ready to go. If the team is not playing well, slam that clipboard Kerr! Show some emotion! Golden State returns to home Thursday night and dub nation needs to get that stadium rocking! It's no longer smiles and sunshine in Golden State, it is strictly business from here on out.