Let’s fire up some fun facts to start off your 4-day week following a dope Memorial Weekend (Mother Nature straight up shook that booty and gave us some sexy-ass weather).
In case you just hopped out the DeLorean, the Golden State Warriors completed their epic comeback and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the 2016-2016 NBA Western Conference Finals. Today’s fun facts are finna learn ya ass and provide some insight into how the OKC Thunder went from a 3-1 series lead to “gon fishing”.
Ok, let’s tackle this shit (as with most of our fun facts, the info clearly comes from whoever is tweeting it or referencing the data):
In both Game 6 and Game 7 of this Western Conference Finals, the OKC Thunder held +10-point leads and were seemingly dictating the direction of the series. So what happened?
From my understanding, it’s never good when a dude who has averaged 3.6 points per game throughout his NBA career to jack up 11 shots during Game 7 of the WCF:
The Warriors shot historically great from 3-point range during these Western Conference Finals. Add the Dubs’ sharp-shooting with the Thunder’s Game 7 ineptitude, and OKC never had a chance.
The Thunder allowed the Warriors to have an epically dominating quarter of play that theoretically sealed the deal heading into the 4th quarter of Game 7.
Never a good thing when 3 role players have more field goal attempts than the 3rd-best player in the NBA, at any point in a game.
It’s also never good when one of the dominating players on your team gets absolutely molliwopped by his counterpart:
OKC allowed Golden State to make timely and easily-stoppable buckets earlier in the game that ultimately kept the Warriors’ pulse pounding (Steph’s first half buzzer-beating floater).
The Thunder only made three 3-pointers and shot 13% from 3-point range in Game 6 against the Warriors. That’s exactly the kind of even that’ll make you blow a 13-point lead in a game that you’re already dominating.
At least Kevin Durant was able to still spit that real and recognize just exactly went down on this roller coaster ride of a Western Conference Finals.
Then again, KD definitely didn’t play his best throughout the series (both 3-point and 2-point field goals included):
Kevin Durant shot 34.4% in the 4th quarter of all 4 OKC Thunder losses.
At one point in the 4th quarter of Game 7, Kevin Durant had made less 3-pointers than Serge Ibaka.
Russell Westbrook had 4 turnovers in the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter of Game 6.