Last night in Oklahoma City, the home Thunder gave the reigning NBA champs Golden State Warriors another drubbing, 118-94. Russell Westbrook dominated the game with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Kevin Durant scored 26 points. All five of Oklahoma’s starters scored in double figures. The league MVP Steph Curry and Klay Thompson tried their best, but they just could not put up a fight.
In short, the Warriors’ defense is not best suited to deal with two players like Westbrook and Durant. They are two of the five best players and they might actually be the most difficult duo to guard in the league. Durant has insanely long arms and fantastic quickness for a player his size and he also happens to be one of the most accurate shooters in the league. Westbrook is an anomaly, displaying athleticism that you see once in a lifetime.
The Warriors have no one to pit against them on the defensive end, which leads to the Thunder scoring insane amounts of points and tiring out opponents so their offensive game suffers.
When you allow 72 points in a single half of a Western Conference Finals game, you cannot expect to win.
We’ll see if something changes as the series goes back to Oakland. The Dubs are definitely down, but it is still too early to say they’re out.