NBA Playoffs 2016: 5 reasons the OKC Thunder are making the Warriors look vulnerable
Here's how the Oklahoma City Thunder have placed the Golden State Warriors on the brink of elimination.
After the Golden State Warriors climbed the seemingly insurmountable record of 72 wins by netting 73 in the regular season, a berth in the finals seemed a foregone conclusion. None of the other 29 teams managed to even dent the chrome of this juggernaut which stomped and trampled one and all on their journey to the playoffs.
And then they met the Oklahoma City Thunder, and suddenly they are on the brink of elimination from the postseason. The Thunder have read all the reports and projections of the pundits and the general public, tore the reports into shreds, danced on its remains and have all but swept the Warriors had it not been for a lone loss.
This marks the first time since the 2015 NBA Finals that the Warriors have lost 2 games in a row. For an entire season everybody searched high and low for the Warriors' Kryptonite, and none could find a chink in their armour. So how is it that the Oklahoma City Thunder have handed three losses to the Warriors?
#1 Green is the invisible colour
Draymond Green has been loudly conspicuous by his absence in the playoffs. The deepest impact he's made has been towards making a dent in Steven Adams' nether regions. Not to mention the tripping. In terms of his antics, he’s been the Draymond Green of old, but when it comes to basketball his game has been woeful.
In Games 3 and 4, Green has shot a combined 2 of 16 from the field. He needs to pick up the slack if the Warriors are to have any hopes of making a comeback.
All this being said, however, if any team can come back from a 3-1 deficit, it is probably the one which has not lost two games back to back in this regular season. Game 5 will be the ultimate test of the Warriors’ determination.