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A bump in the road until proven otherwise. OKC trounced the Spurs. No pushovers. For another heavyweight boxing analogy I’m expecting this series to be more like Foreman vs Lyles- multiple knockdowns on each side. Warriors in 6 or 7.
The boxing analogy is excellent. Not sure how the Dubs could have taken this team lightly enough to coast, especially after the Portland series where our on and off defense was mostly off. Can’t rely on blistering offense every game. The defense must be better now, consistently, or it’s go home time. No fun anymore.
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It wasn’t a fluke when OKC beat the Spurs twice in San Antonio.
Tonight’s game looks like a question of which team controls the pace.
If the fourth quarter comes around and both teams are runnin’ and gunnin’…advantage dubs.
If they’re grinding in the fourth…uh oh!!!
Warriors were careless, casual with the ball, forced up some really bad shots and did not share the ball. That was most of the second half. They had chances late in the game to get back in it, even re-take the lead, but they did not play their game. They rushed, looked frazzled and confused and out of synch. The were looking like what most teams look like when the Warriors are closing them out.
The Warriors simply need to get back to playing their game. Or in the words of their coach, get back into their “flow” and then we can see if this is truly an upset in the making. Mondays game to me looked a lot more like the Warriors not playing their game because they did not execute their game. A matter of what they did not do more so than a matter of what the Thunder did to them. Just play their game and it should take care of itself.
These guys don’t like to lose and if we have learned anything from this season it is that when they do drop a game, they tend to bounce back, hard. We will see how things play out from here.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.