Why are the Warriors and Thunder not playing tonight?

by Wade Massey May 23, 2016, 0:00

Curry returned in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers and scored 40 points including 17 in overtime to lead the team to a win after over two weeks of inaction.

As this series shifts back to Oklahoma City this weekend, beginning with Game 3 Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, this is the fundamental problem the Thunder must solve.

Even though the Golden State Warriors had home court advantage for both of the first two games of the series, they were only able to share one victory with their fans in Game 2. They will surely try to continue to exploit those flaws in Game 3 while the Thunder will be forced to adjust.

"We've just got to watch film and see where we can get [Roberson] some easy looks", Durant said. "It's not foreign land to us".

"I'm sure we'll think about (the shot) tomorrow when we're in the building again and you kind of have that memory", Kerr said, "but it doesn't mean anything now".

Curry, who reeled off 15 straight points in a devastating burst of scoring in the third quarter on Wednesday that effectively settled the game, said he is preparing for another bruising encounter in Game Three.

"It's kind of risky, but I don't know how you can play hard and do what you need to do in those situations - 50-50 balls, whatever - with any doubt in your mind of, all right you're going to protect yourself, especially in a playoff situation", Curry said.

The Thunder remain in an ideal position. The Warriors had lost at home for the first time in the playoffs, and only the third loss in 48 games this season at the Oracle.

"They're going to send guys at him", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, referring to Durant.

Kerr could not have anticipated that because the last time the Warriors did so well on the glass against the Thunder was more than five years ago. The team is averaging 13.9 per game in the playoffs and two less per game compared to the regular season. It's a great venue. That is the best challenge there is. "My body's catching up and I think I'm there".

Curry let into the seats after a loose ball in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals and came out with a swollen elbow.

National Basketball Association' best valuable player award victor MVP Stephen Curry became the backbone of the team's attack, powering 28 points in 29 minutes, five of eight from three-point ranges which could lighten the local mood of the benefactor.

"It's a big shot, a big play, a very eventful night overall for a lot of different reasons", Curry said.

That forced Durant to give up the ball instead of putting up more shots, and anytime the Warriors can get someone else to shoot besides Durant or Westbrook, it is a win for the defense.

This lineup of point guards takes Raptors coach Dwane Casey back a generation, when it seemed to him like a John Stockton or Magic Johnson or Kevin Johnson would find their way into just about every big game. "Tonight we didn't play our best game, and we came out with a win".


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