Fire and Ice Lead to a Game 7
What a night! Game 6 was one to remember. Golden State snuck out of OKC with a 108-101 win to force game 7 at the Oracle Monday night. The pure firepower of Klay Thompson to keep his team in the game was nothing less of extraordinary. Klay set an NBA playoff record of 11 three-pointers in one game, and finished with 41 points. Him and Curry combined for 17 of the Warriors 21 three’s. In the fourth quarter Curry was able to ice the game connecting on a layup extending the lead to a two-possession game with 14 seconds left. The next play Curry would steal the ball with 12 seconds left and Thompson connected on both free throws scoring the final points of the game. Curry hit the game tying three and Thompson would later hit the go ahead three.
OKC was on top for most of the game, and held an 8-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Some would say Westbrook and Durant choked, others would say it was the greatness of Thompson. The turning point of this game was when the Warriors went down 89-96 and Thompson nailed a 30-footer to cut the lead to 4. It seemed after every big bucket by OKC Thompson would answer with a three-pointer or a bucket of his own. This outrageous performance by Klay cannot be overlooked. The sidekick or unnoticed star of the game was Andre Iguodala. In the fourth quarter he shut down Durant and Westbrook. They combined for just 12 points going 3-12 from the floor and committing 6 turnovers in the last 3min. Iguodala had three steals in these minutes, leading to easy buckets.
Things to look for in game 7: Thunder dominated the paint out scoring the Warriors 52-28, but could not find the three ball as Westbrook went 0-5 and Durant going just 1-8. Thunder made just three 3’s in the game to the Warriors 21. OKC needs to knock down the three ball if they want to win game 7. Both teams shot poorly from the free throw line shooting under 70%, it is very likely that the next came could be decided by single digits and every free throw counts. The Thunder had control of game 6 and lost it at the end, they need to play the same way and close the game out in the fourth quarter along with making their 3’s. Golden state lived from the three ball last night and cannot count on that for game 7. Bogut had just 5 rebounds and 5 points; he’s got to do more than that game 7. Green has stepped it up the last two games having a double double in each game. Warriors were held to just 14 fast break points last night and need to get the ball and go more in game 7. If the Thunder do not let the Warriors run the floor, they will be in the game. If Golden State can get the ball in transition consistently, it could be a long night for the Thunder. Both teams are going to need to commit less fouls, and turnovers than the other team; the team that does this should be moving on to face the Cavs.
Game 7 WIN OR GO HOME. I believe if the Thunder were going to take down the Warriors they would have had to do it in 6. OKC lost the opportunity and now have to head to Golden State for the final game. The Warriors are looking for their 3rd straight win joining the 68’ Celtics the 79’ Washington Bullets and the 81’ Celtics as the only teams to come back from being down 3-1 in conference final play. Both Celtic teams went on to win the Championship. I believe the Warriors will win this game and have the ability to do it with ease. Let’s hope the Thunder doesn’t come storming into the Oracle.