Playoff Bound Oklahoma Barely Gets By Golden State. Thunder 115- Warriors 114 in OT.

Posted: April 8, 2011 in Golden State Basketball

 

What’s up sports fans? In a game that was obvious, it was anything but obvious. This is a game everybody pretty much knew that the Oklahoma City Thunder would drag the Golden State Warriors. Instead it was a game that Oklahoma barely got out of it alive. The Thunder’s leading scorer Kevin Durant averaging 28pts per game, and with Russell Westbrook averaging 22pts. a game this team is without a shadow of a doubt going to the playoffs, the fact that they will probably hold the number 3 or 4 seed the playoffs this game should’ve been decided by the middle of the fourth quarter. The problem is Oklahoma had too much Steph Curry to deal with, but Oklahoma has the NBA’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant, and Westbrook and Durant are NBA All-Stars.

Put that all to the side, this is how the game ultimately went. Both teams traded baskets for most of the first quarter until the second quarter and the Thunder just pulled away. At this point Oklahoma thought they could just relax, uh, uh, sorry,  it’s not that simple. The Warriors went off of a tear of their own. Steph Curry tore right into the Thunder by hitting 35 pts., 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. “Sometimes good players may struggle the whole game and they have an ability to lock in late,” Smart said. “We thought we got the right matchup.” Oklahoma was in command primarily because their scorer Kevin Durant fired off 39pts., 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Russell Westbrook had a less than stellar night for him with only 15pts.  and 8 rebounds. “Russell’s a big-time scorer and we wanted to get him something driving to the basket, which is his strength. We knew they were going to call a foul if he drives so hard and tried to score,” Durant said.

“It was good for either person. I could have posted up at the free-throw line and tried to get a shot or Russell could have took it to the rim.”The Thunder did get good help from Serge Ibaka with 19pts. and 8 rebounds and Kendrick Perkins who chipped in 13 rebounds. James Harden also contributed with 14pts., which adds up as to why Oklahoma stayed competitive throughout the game. During the second half that’s when the game began to reveal itself, because even though Oklahoma on paper was the better team, after watching the game I feel that Golden State played better. Anytime your in a game and you have to anxiously search for a way to win the game that means you are being out played. In the end Oklahoma had to find a way to win this game.

Golden State rallied from a 14pts deficit to cut the lead to two, and eventually they took the lead, only to watch it go back to the Thunder and they moved ahead by 10pts.,  “It is not the way we wanted to execute down the stretch, but we did get the win and I give our guys credit for staying together and hanging in there,” Brooks said. David Lee finished with 24pts. and 15 rebounds another double double night for him. Both teams were evenly matched throughout the game, but the game changer was in overtime. It appeared that Oklahoma City would get the win, but two huge three point shots from Reggie Williams off the right wing and Monta Ellis who finished with 20pts. and 11 assists tied the game with just 6:9 seconds left in the game. Kevin Durant had a last chance to hit a jumper to win the game but missed which sent the game to overtime. Keith Smart sent in a 2-3 zone that really shut down Oklahoma which was another reason the game went into overtime.

Oklahoma couldn’t hit a shot. Coming out of the huddle in overtime, you could see the look on Kevin Durant’s face and he shook his head as if to say, “No I can’t believe were in overtime.” Tha’ts when Oklahoma started trying to find a way to win the game. They even exploited a foul from Steph Curry to get to the free throw line. I say exploit because what is evident about Golden State and everyone in the league knows this Golden State gets more bad calls than any other team in the NBA. The officials will call something against the Warriors before they call it against opposing teams. “That shouldn’t be a call because defensive players, you’re trying to tell your guys to get up on a good player,” Smart said. “If the player’s going to bait you into a foul — and I understand it’s a rule, so there’s nothing we can do about it — but … who has the right to the space? We’ve got to come to a conclusion.”

Kevin Durant himself even stated that whether or not it is fair is in question but until the league changes its stand on the call he would use it. “They’ve said it’s a legal play, so I’m going to keep doing it until they tell me I can’t,” said Durant. “That’s when I’ll stop.” It lead to Durant’s free throw which gave the Thunder the lead. With seconds left in overtime Monta had one more chance to get the win, but the shot rimmed out and Oklahoma got the 115-114 victory. “If you go back and look at last shots I have taken this season, you will notice that I took all of them the same way, even the one tonight,” Ellis said. “It just did not go down.”  Tough loss for the Warriors, one thing for sure Oklahoma can’t say they ran away with this one, or can they? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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