Thunder Rout Warriors in Game 3 Win
Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors 133-105 in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. With this win, the Thunder moved a step closer to reaching the NBA Finals for the second time in franchise history. Oklahoma City’s dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook lead the way. Durant was hot early on making his first four shots. He finished with 33 points and was perfect from the free throw line. Westbrook also scored 30 points and finished just two rebounds shy of yet another triple double. When these two superstars are playing their best they are very difficult to beat.
The Warriors never had a chance in this game as the Thunder’s offense was too much handle. At one point in the game, the Warriors trailed the Thunder by 41 points! Yes, that is not a typo. This was their largest deficit this season. The reigning MVP, Stephen Curry also did not play his best night. He finished with 24 points, but shot 3 for 11 from three-point range. This was definitely not like the performance Curry had the last time he stepped into Chesapeake Energy Arena. In that game, he nailed a game-winning 30 foot shot in overtime and finished with 46 points. The Warriors will need better performances out of their best players, especially Curry if they want to win this series. After the game, the Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr said “Both times, we got blown out in Game 3, and we responded well, so we have that memory. I’m confident we’re going to come out and play a really good game in Game 4, and we’ll see what happens.”
Golden State may be without Draymond Green in game 4, which would be a devastating blow to the team. In the second quarter of last night’s game, Green kicked Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams in the groin area after a foul call. After reviewing the play the referee’s then issued a flagrant foul to Draymond Green. The NBA will now review this and decide if Green will be suspended for game four. Green said he had no intention of hurting Adams. “I followed through on a shot. I’m not trying to kick somebody in the midsection. Somebody wants to have kids someday. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court.”
With the Warriors in a hole for the first time all season, they will have to look to MVP, Steph Curry to lead the way and help them get back to the NBA Finals.