What Had Happened Was: 5/27/16
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Real talk — can we just lace ’em up and play another one of these Friday night? Come on.
So here’s the thing about Thursday night’s game: The Golden State Warriors looked Warrior-esque, whipping the ball around, dropping long 3-pointers on folks and flexing — hell, the word “fun” was said eight times in the team’s postgame comments, as our man J.A. Adande pointed out — but the Oklahoma City Thunder were still very much in it. Playing on the road with the Warriors’ bit pieces looking extra shiny — Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 14 boards for crying out loud — the Thunder were down six with just under four minutes left and were shooting to make it a one-possession game with 40 seconds left.
This coming on a night Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 71 points but required 59 shots to get them. Durant is forever calling the NBA a “make-or-miss league” and Thursday night was just that. The Thunder missed, but they, uh, might not when they’re back home Saturday night for Game 6 and they know it. This unwavering confidence even appeared in the postgame presser when a reporter asked Durant about Curry’s defensive abilities and Westbrook was sitting next to him:
Durant asked if Stephen Curry is underrated as a defender. Russell Westbrook couldn't contain himself, and started laughing.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 27, 2016
Westbrook laughs when asked if Curry is an underrated defender; Durant says "he doesn't guard the best point guards" pic.twitter.com/IaDrcFLkRo
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 27, 2016
Damn, damn, damn.