The Oklahoma City Thunder will be taking on the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 Western Conference Finals instead of the favored San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder upset over the Spurs was a little surprising in the second-round of the NBA Playoffs. The improved Thunder earned the right to play the defending champion Warriors that is scheduled on Monday Game 1 opener of the . best of seven game series.
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Although the Warriors swept the Thunder in their head-to-head matchup during the regular season, this should be an exciting matchup since Oklahoma City has found their renewed confidence.
Basketball fans can anticipate an electrifying playoff atmosphere in the highest level, just like the 121-118 overtime win by the Warriors at Chesapeake Arena last February. In that game of the ages, the Warriors steal the ball in the dying seconds and Andre Iguodala hits 2-clutch free throws to force overtime. Kevin Durant has huge game with 37 points but committing 6 fouls forced him out in the overtime. The Thunder doesn’t give up easily as they still lead ahead throughout the extra 5 minutes. The crucial plays from Klay Thompson and the epic go-ahead winning 3-pointer by Stephen Curry that broke the internet.
That is how exciting playoff series of Warriors vs Thunder would be like. Both team are evenly matchup with explosive scoring tandem featuring Durant and Russell Westbrook against Warriors Splash Brothers Thompson and league MVP Steph Curry.
Few factors would be Warriors’ Draymond Green who score, pass and defend the basket than his likely match up Serge Ibaka of the Thunder. If Green’s three ball falls in, it will be difficult for Oklahoma City.
Another factor would be NBA rookie coach Billy Donovan’s defensive scheme has to be successful over Steph Curry who averaged 35 points per game against the Thunder last season. Few points would be each team turnover would be a factor too. Westbrook has some alarming turnovers also with Curry and Green. The fewest turnover team will win the series.
The Thunder certainly has chance to win the series with the dynamic duo of Westbrook and Durant. But the difference maker would Warriors intensified defense that would be the key of their second straight NBA Finals appearance.
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Warriors vs Thunder Schedule:
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1: Monday May 16, 2016 6:00PM Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – @ Oracle Arena
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2: Wednesday May 18, 2016 6:00PM
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – @ Oracle Arena
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 3: Sunday, May 22, 2016 6:00PM Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – @ Chesapeake Arena
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 4: Tuesday May 24, 2016 6:00PM Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – @ Chesapeake Arena
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 5: Thursday May 26, 2016 6:00PM Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – @ Oracle Arena
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00PM NBA Western Conference Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors – Home Game 6 (If Necessary) Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena Tickets
Monday May 30, 2016 6:00PM NBA Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Home Game 7 (If Necessary) Oakland, CA Oracle Arena