The Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder are back to face off in the Western Conference Finals. Currently, the Oklahoma City Thunder lead the series 1-0.
Game 2 is back at the Oracle Arena where the Warriors will try to tie the series after their first Game 1 home playoff loss in 24 years, as well as their first Game 1 loss in the Steve Kerr era. The Warriors were defeated 108- 102 on Monday. Steve Kerr, Head Coach for the Golden State Warriors, as well as a six-time NBA Champion as a player, understands that this journey isn’t easy, “I’d prefer to go 16-0 in the playoffs and win the championships with 30 point games every time. The reality is, this is what it is all about.”
In order for the Warriors to win, they must keep their momentum from the first half into the second. During Game 1, Golden State led at the half 60-47, but the Thunder caught up in the second. Russell Westbrook then came along and scored 19 points in the third quarter which added to the Thunder lead.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) May 17, 2016
Something the Thunder must look out for is their defensive play, rebounds, and turnovers. Rookie Head Coach for the Thunder, and former Florida Gators men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan stresses the importance paying attention to the tough defensive matchups in this series. OKC turned over the ball 10 times in the first half, which contributed to the Warriors first half lead, but in the second half, the Thunder only turned it over twice.
After the battle in Oakland, Billy D and OKC will host Game three.
Tonight you can catch Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at 9 p.m. on TNT.