The end result has been somewhat overshadowed by accusations leveled at Draymond Green and his intentions when his lower leg met Steven Adams’s lower abdomen, but make no mistake, this was a spanking.
Green received a Flagrant-1 foul for swinging his leg into Adams’s “man area” mid-way through the second quarter, a period that the Thunder won 38-19, blowing the game wide open. A 45-33 showing in the Thunder’s favor in the third effectively ended this as a contest and allowed both coaches to clear their benches.
Curry’s 7/17 shooting was hindered by 3/11 from the three point line, whilst Green shot 1/11. The Warriors found more efficiency off their bench, with only Marreese Speights shooting worse than 50% for the game. The defending champions were no match for arguably the surprise package of the NBA Playoffs, an odd title to give a team featuring two of the best players in the league but given the way the team, coached by rookie playcaller Billy Donovan, dispatched the 2nd seeded San Antonio Spurs, perhaps deserved.
None of the Thunder starters shot worse than 46% for the game, with Andre Roberson supplying a long-range threat, going 3/5. Even the much-maligned Dion Waiters contributed 13 points on 54% shooting for a plus/minus of +30.
Green finished with a plus/minus of -41, an NBA worst figure for the past 20 seasons. Klay Thompson’s -40 was only marginally better. It is worth noting that Basketball Reference has the respective figures as -46 and -43. Steph Curry has a -39.
The Warriors have now lost 2 of their last 3 games, something that also happened in early April when a win against Portland separated losses against Boston and Minnesota. They have yet to lose consecutive games this season, indeed you have to go back to June 2015 to the Finals to find consecutive losses on the Warriors record. They bounced back from those to win the title, but a loss in game 4 tomorrow night must just be a fatal blow to their aspirations of fully emulating the 1996 Chicago Bulls.