Final update: The Golden State Warriors earns another chance at making it to the Finals by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 120-111, at Game 5.
Update 2: Oklahoma City Thunder closes in on the Golden State Warriors at the end of third quarter, shortening GSW lead to 4 points, 81-77.
Update 1: The Golden State Warriors manages an 8-point lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder at the end of the first half, 58-50.
The series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors was not what most people expected. The Warriors, being the defending champion, will be fighting to stay for the finals against the Thunder, who has remained superior with its 3-1 lead. If the Warriors will lose the Thunder vs Warriors Game 5 at the Oracle Arena, it will mean elimination of the team and the Thunder will move on to the NBA finals.
According to SB Nation, it is difficult to leave out the Warriors because if one was to analyze the strengths of the team, there are many to count. The team has Stephen Curry, who has the ability to have 50 points in a game. They also have Klay Thompson and Draymond Green plus other players who have proved their talents since the 2014-15 title run. The Warriors also have one of the most supporting NBA crowds along with a smart coach. The Warriors won three straight games against quality teams – a feat that only their team can conquer.
Unfortunately, the OKC Thunder team has proved that they are not just any other opponent. They have discovered a new technique and they have proved that their defense is more than just good. NBA fans have known this since the first game against the Spurs in the conference semifinals. Since then, the team has shown an improved focus on their defense, with their top players leading the game. They have restricted the game of the Warriors and allowed them to score only under 102 points for every 100 possessions, more than 10 points worse than they had in the regular season.
According to the New Jersey website, the Thunder better not get overconfident with their standing in the Thunder vs Warriors Game 5. They have to play prepared if they want the match to end today. The slightest hope for the Warriors may be their biggest mistake since two of the next three scheduled games will be played in the Warriors’ home court.
How to Watch Thunder vs Warriors Game 5
Place: Oracle Arena
Time: 9 p.m. ET