The Oklahoma City Thunder have defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-2, and moved on to the Western Conference Finals! There, the Thunder meet the defending champion Golden State Warriors. At 73-9, the Warriors possess the best regular season record in the National Basketball Association. There have been a couple of losses so far for the Warriors, mostly because of injury to star Stephen Curry. But Curry is completely recovered, and the Warriors have looked as flawless as ever with Curry on the floor. In the first round, the Warriors bowled over the chaotic Rockets, 4-1. The second round wasn't much more difficult, as the Warriors dispatched the bigless Blazers in five games.
During the regular season, the Warriors swept the Thunder 3-0. On February 6th, the Thunder's offense faded down the stretch as they lost to the Warriors on the road, 108-116. OKC had another embarrassing loss on February 27th. The Thunder had a 2 point lead with 4 seconds to go, but a bad inbounds pass led to a quick basket for Golden State. The Warriors won in overtime, 121-118. March 3rd saw the Thunder play competitively until the last six minutes. A complete offensive collapse led to OKC getting smashed by Golden State late, 106-121.
The official schedule for this series has already been released. Here's when all of the games will be happening....
Note: All times CDT
Game 1, Oklahoma City at Golden State: Monday, May 16, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 2, Oklahoma City at Golden State: Wednesday, May 18, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3, Golden State at Oklahoma City: Sunday, May 22, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4, Golden State at Oklahoma City: Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5*, Oklahoma City at Golden State: Thursday, May 26, Start time TBD, TNT
Game 6*, Golden State at Oklahoma City: Saturday, May 28, Start time TBD, TNT
Game 7*, Oklahoma City at Golden State: Monday, May 30, Start time TBD, TNT
Note: * Denotes if necessary
Any initial thoughts on the Thunder's playoff matchup?