OAKLAND — No one came to cover him, so Shaun Livingston kept dribbling. Down the right side, he picked up speed as he got closer. He had been struggling all series, his weariness betraying his reliable post game. This time, he didn’t pull up for his patented jumper. He didn’t slow it down and reset the offense, to avoid another airball or turnover. Instead, he’d had enough. His stretching one-hand dunk shocked the sea of yellow. It was an emphatic illustration of his resolve, as he released all his frustration on the rim. It was also a symbolic highlight in the Warriors’ 96-88 win to clinch the Western Conference Finals. Oklahoma City had Livingston bottled up. The Thunders’ athleticism negated his quickness. Oklahoma City’s length thwarted his skill. The Thunder’s energy preyed on his heavy legs. Still, he wouldn’t be denied. It was a metaphor for the Warriors and this series. No one will be able to say the Warriors didn’t … [Read more...] about Warriors beat Thunder and head to NBA Finals
OK, we all knew that was possible, the Warriors losing Game 1. Oklahoma City is the first team they’ve played in these playoffs who are a serious threat to beat the Warriors. But be honest: when’s the last time the Warriors looked this vulnerable? The Warriors are in trouble like they’ve never been. The Thunder didn’t play a great game. But they had the edge. They were physical. They were hungrier. They were more clutch. We just don’t see teams outshine the Warriors in these areas. Click the video for The Game Rewind … Click more for some other takeaways from Game 1 ****** The only thing limiting Kevin Durant’s legacy is that he hasn’t won a championship. That’s not entirely his fault. But with nine seasons under his belt, that’s the last level. Beating a 67-win San Antonio Spurs, knocking off Stephen Curry and the 73-win Warriors, then toppling LeBron James — that’s a legacy booster for real. The scariest … [Read more...] about Game Rewind: Thunder beats Warriors in Game 1 … you worried yet?
OKLAHOMA CITY (KGO) -- Stephen Curry's 3-pointer from beyond 30 feet with 0.6 seconds left in overtime gave the Golden State Warriors a 121-118 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.Curry finished with 46 points as his winning shot was his 12th 3-pointer, tying the NBA single-game record. He also broke his own NBA record for 3s in a season, leaving the new mark at 288.Curry, the league's scoring leader and reigning MVP, missed about six minutes of the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He drove to the basket and rolled the ankle before Thunder guard Russell Westbrook stepped on it. Stephen Curry is the first player in NBA history to hit 10 threes in consecutive games— GSWStats (@gswstats) February 28, 2016 Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 37 points, but he fouled out in the first minute of overtime.The Warriors won the previous meeting with the Thunder 116-108 at home on Feb. 6. The teams play again Thursday at Golden State.Oklahoma City led by 12 in the … [Read more...] about Curry hits winning 3, sets record as Warriors beat Thunder
A coworker was at Oracle on Tuesday night to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder pound the Golden State Warriors into oblivion, and after Paul George put Zaza Pachulia on a poster midway through the third quarter, I asked him if there was anything he was seeing in person that I would have missed watching on TV. His response: “we suck.” The Dubs are mired in a slump that has them limping to the All-Star break barely ahead of the surging Houston Rockets. And the Thunder, sans two key contributors in Carmelo Anthony (who tweaked his ankle) and Andre Roberson (done for the year with a ruptured patella tendon), had their way with the Warriors, getting whatever they wanted offensively behind huge performances from Russell Westbrook and Paul George and capitalizing on a flood of Warriors’ turnovers to win 125-105. The Warriors are now 1-4 against the Rockets and Thunder, who look to be the Western Conference teams most suited to dethroning the defending champions. At this point, … [Read more...] about “We Suck” (Warriors 105, Thunder 125)
Hidden just under the surface of the Golden State Warriors’ gaudy 45-14 record heading into Saturday evening’s contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder was a concerning fact: against their two biggest threats in the Western Conference (OKC and Houston), they had gone just 1-4. The Warriors’ struggles were particularly evident against the Thunder, who blew them out by margins of 17 and 20 points in November and earlier this month. With playoff seeding on the line, and bragging rights against an archrival at stake, the assumption was that the Warriors would fully snap out of their pre-All-Star-break doldrums and take it to the Thunder, and verily, in an intense playoff-style atmosphere, the Warriors were tested early before zooming away late, defeating the Thunder 112-80. The Warriors continued their defensive resurgence by putting the clamps down on the Thunder. Aided by Paul George’s horrific shooting night (1-14 from the field and 1-9 from three, including an … [Read more...] about Thunderous (Warriors 112, Thunder 80)