OAKLAND, Calif. — It’s going to take awhile.
Maybe a week. Maybe two. Maybe all summer. Maybe until this time next season. Maybe this time next season only if there’s a different result.
The Thunder put in an effort in Game 7. They started well. They played an excellent first half. They guarded the hell out of the Warriors.
Then the third quarter began. It was everything that makes the Warriors so impossibly hard to beat. Klay Thompson had kept the Warriors close — again — in the first half. And then Steph Curry started shaking loose in the third. The Thunder stopped scoring, and a six-point lead at half turned to an 11-point deficit after three with a 29-12 quarter.
The Thunder pushed back, just enough, getting it to four with 1:40 left as Kevin Durant scored seven straight. The ball got loose on the next trip, with Russell Westbrook diving to wrestle Draymond Green for it. The Warriors were awarded a timeout, and coming out of it, Serge Ibaka was caught on a switch, Curry drew a foul, made all three, and that was pretty much it. Keep Reading…