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I.C.Y.M.I.: Western Conference Finals Recap Game 4

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OKLAHOMA CITY— If there were any questions of the legitimacy of the Thunders game three blowout win against the NBAs’ one seeded Warriors, they were answered last night in game four. The Thunder took a commanding three games to one lead with a 118-94 victory, putting Golden State in a position win or go home position that not many saw coming.

Oklahoma City was led by their two superstars, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant who combined for 62 of the Thunders’ 118 total points. As well as contributing on the defensive end, holding the leagues’ MVP Steph Curry to a pedestrian 19 points on just 6-20 shooting and shutting down the warriors do it all forward Draymond Green, limiting him to 6 points on a 1-7 shooting night. Klay Thompson was the lone bright spot for Golden State, leading them in scoring with 26 points on the night including a third quarter eruption in which he scored 19 points and cut the OKC lead to six.

A 73 win team in the regular season is now facing elimination four games into the Western Conference Finals so the question comes up of ‘why is this happening’. A clear cut answer to this will never be determined but it does seem that OKC has found a winning formula that includes switching everything on defense and forcing the Warriors to play more isolation based offense which is bad for two reasons. One being that they are a team that thrives when the ball is moving and guys are getting open looks a second reason being that their best isolation scorer, Steph Curry, is still hobbled by a knee injury he suffered earlier in the playoffs.

This is allowing the Thunder to get stops and push the pace with Russell Westbrook, arguably the best athlete we have ever seen at the point guard position and with the leagues former MVP Kevin Durant on the wing ready to knock down three’s or drive to the cup.

With the series going back to Oakland for game five, Golden State hopes to use the energy from their home crowd and crawl back into the series where the hot Oklahoma City Thunder look to slam the door on the defending champions. Game five will be played on Thursday at Oracle Arena at 9:00pm EST.

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