by Musa Tahir
Contrary to my previous prediction, I believe that the Oklahoma City Thunder will beat the 2014-2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in at most six games.
Oklahoma City has dominated the Warriors over the past two games, winning both contests by a combined 52 points!
The Warriors have had absolutely no answer for Oklahoma City. Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP, has not been looking like his usual self, averaging poor field goal and three point percentages over the past few games. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City’s star point guard, has decisively been outplaying Curry.
The Warriors just seem outmatched by the Thunder, and don’t look like the championship-caliber team that the general public envision them to be. Kevin Durant has also been playing very well in this series, with his usual number of points per game (25-35) and several other key plays.
Moreover, Billy Donovan, the Head Coach of the Thunder, has been out coaching Steve Kerr, the Warriors head coach, by making key adjustments down the stretch of the series.
By the way, to briefly go off topic, Steve Kerr should not have been named Coach of the Year, as he only coach 30 or so games!
It definitely should have gone to Terry Stotts, head coach of the Trail Blazers, who got Portland, a team no one even expected to even make the playoffs alone, to the second round. He is truly an outstanding coach that will be great for the future of Rip City Basketball.
The Warriors beat the Thunder on Thursday 120-111, which I expected as they were playing at their home court in Oakland. I just cannot see the Warriors pulling off another win in Oklahoma.
Sorry Stephen Curry fans, but your favorite player has been getting annihilated by his matchup, Russell Westbrook, in this series. Most likely, the Thunder will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015-2016 NBA finals.
At this time, I am not sure who will win the series — but I am pulling for the Thunder, as Durant, who happens to be one of my favorite players, deserves a ring.
Needless to say, I am extremely surprised that it is not looking like the Golden State Warriors, a team that has been compared to the 95-96 Chicago Bulls, is going to make it to the finals.
To find out whether my prediction is true that the Thunder will beat the Warriors in game six and eliminate them from the playoffs, watch it live at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 28th!