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And the verdict has been reached in BallGate. Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 for kicking Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3, and had his foul upgraded to a flagrant two.
What this means: Nothing, really. It puts him within another flagrant foul of a suspension, but he’s going to play in Game 4. And now we move on.
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Ben Golliver of SI.com: “Adding another level of complexity to the debate: On Sunday, shortly before Game 3 tipped off, the NBA issued a one-game suspension to Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones for a below-the-belt shot to Raptors center Bismack Biyombo. Did that ruling set a precedent for Green? The NBA looks damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t. Suspending Green could easily have series-deciding implications and spark a backlash among Warriors fans over the issue of intent. Not suspending Green, given the Jones suspension and Green’s previous blow, would immediately raise questions about a double standard and superstar treatment. Controversy is guaranteed either way.”
Tim Bontemps of the WaPo: “When the Oklahoma City Thunder is at its best, it makes a basketball court shrink in ways no other team can match. With its combination of size, speed and athleticism, the Thunder can look like it’s playing downhill offensively and with seven or eight players — instead of the usual five — at the defensive end. To say the Thunder was at its best Sunday night, though, would be an understatement. In Game 3 of the Western Conference finals between Oklahoma City and the Golden State Warriors, the Thunder put on the kind of display — the kind of comprehensive beatdown — that had to be seen to be believed.” Keep Reading…
It’s going to be hard to write this without making ball-related puns the entire way. But here we go.
The Thunder balled out in Gam —
Let me start over.
The Thunder… rolled… OK, we’re good… in Game 3 as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant testicled the Warriors damn it. The Thunder just smoked the Warriors tonight. They got off to a great start, moving the ball all over the floor, utilizing space and taking advantage of the Warriors’ plan to not guard Andre Roberson. Nine assists in the first quarter, five from Westbrook. Keep Reading…
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Series tied 1-1
Playoff Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats – out of 16 teams)
Think back to five days ago. That was the day after the Oklahoma City Thunder took a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals on a come-from-behind performance that saw them dominate the 2nd half of Game 1. The national pundits were lauding the support system of the Thunder, while questioning how healthy MVP Stephen Curry was. Fast-forward the chronology to three days ago, and the narrative completely changes. Now people are wondering whether the Thunder will even win another game. They are questioning what is going on with Kevin Durant, who is struggling to match to his usual efficient self in these playoffs. Keep Reading…
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The Steven Adams story is fascinating.
Berry Tramel: “What’s kooky is that Roberson’s offense hasn’t been awful in this series: in 36 minutes, Roberson has 12 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, 2-of-3 from 3-point range, one turnover. Not half bad. Going back to Spurs Game 6, when Roberson had 14 points, this is his best three-game stretch of the season. Roberson is not half bad on corner 3-pointers. So how is it that against a team that’s not guarding him, Roberson has launched just two corner threes in this series?”
Anthony Slater: “In the aftermath of Game 1, the story around the Bay Area wasn’t of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s dominance, but rather the Thunder’s clear interior advantage. Warriors fans were worried. Which isn’t new in these playoffs. Aside from that brief LaMarcus Aldridge eruption, the trio of Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter has completely outplayed its counterparts all postseason. They’ve taken this Thunder team to another level, vaulting OKC, alongside the stars, past the Mavericks and Spurs and into a 1-0 West Finals lead. Particularly Adams.” Keep Reading…
OAKLAND, Calif. — It was always coming.
This was always going to happen at least once, probably twice, maybe even three more times, where the Warriors just crush. The Steph flurry happens and there’s nothing you can really do about it. You can try to lock in. You can try and run them off the 3-point line. But once the barrage comes, you almost just have to resign yourself to watching it.
Billy Donovan summarized the game well: “What happened? The ball went in the basket a lot.”
What’s difficult to digest is the how. The Thunder took a lead, 47-46, on a Dion Waiters corner 3. Then the Warriors finally turned it on, finishing the half on an 11-2 run that featured some 3s, a foul on a 3, and a wild and-1 from Andre Iguodala. It also featured two terrible shots from Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder trailed 57-49 at half. Considering they were down 13 at the half of Game 1, which finished on a Curry splash from deep, the deficit really shouldn’t have rattled the Thunder. Keep Reading…