TheMindOfMyron.com teamed up with a few other journalists and sports enthusiasts to discuss what will more than likely be a memorable Memorial Day Game 7 when the Warriors face the Thunder for the final battle.
Let the questions begin!
Did the Warriors Win Game 6
oR Did The Thunder Lose it?
- Shaq Cosse (@TheRadioShaq): Game 6 was all about The Warriors, and their amazing clutch factor. The Warriors 75% won Game 6, and The Thunder 25% lost it. The Thunder crumbled a bit, but there was nothing they could have done about the amazing game ending run that The Warriors had
- Jalen Greenhouse (@Geespn): Personally, I believe it was a combination of both of those aspects. Although the Thunder did lose the game in the final three minutes of the game, where they turned the ball over six times. Playing like that down the stretch is totally inexcusable for an experienced team. You also have to give credit to the defense and resilency of the Warriors. They showed critics they won 73 games for a reason and the defense of Iguadola in the final half really of that game on Durant is something that the Warriors need to thank him for if they end up winning this series and the title. I think the Warriors finally got back to who they were and realized that as good as their offense is, they have to get stops to be a championship team and they did that in game 6.
- Camren Linson (@Cam_Universe): The Warriors. The Splash brothers (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) were in full effect in vital times in Game 6.
- Norman Locke (@Naamannn): The Thunder handed the Warriors the game on a sliver platter the last three minutes of the game, I just thought about the amount of “Jordan faces” that would be on the Internet. I think they were so worried about not messing up that they completely messed up. If the Warriors win game 7, the Thunder would go down in history as the biggest choke artist of the last 20 years.
- Myron Smothers (@iSpeakThatReal): The Warriors I believe won Game 6 over the Thunder losing it. Though the Thunder played some pretty bad ball late it the fourth, the entire game to me felt like it was in the Warriors favor. The Warriors kept the game close the entire night. They were getting blew out at the half of both Games 3 and 4 but only down five at the half of Game 6. When it seemed like OKC was going to go on a run, GS would hit a three to stop the momentum. The Warriors (thanks to Klay) stayed close enough to the Thunder to give themselves a chance late in the game and when they opportunity presented itself to take control, they did just that.
Bigger Story: Klay ThoMpson's Three point ShOoting performance or Kevin Durant's Disappointing Fourth Quarter?
- Shaq Cosse (@TheRadioShaq): In my opinion, Klay's 11 3-Point Shots were a bigger story. Klay willed The Warriors to victory. Durant's disappointing 4th is a story, but The Thunder as a team flopped. We cannot take away from Klay's amazing performance.
- Jalen Greenhouse (@Geespn): I think Klay's record was the bigger story. That was remarkable to watch. He has no wasted motion in his shot and is one of the league's best shooters. He did all this scoring while doing a pretty remarkable job defending Westbrook. Durant did have a disappointing 4th but so did Westbrook. They have to play better down the stretch. Westbrook had three turnovers in the last three minutes including the strip Draymond had on him in the final moments. Both stars have to play better but it was disappointing to see Durant play so poorly even though he has made this a series.
- Camren Linson (@Cam_Universe): Klay Thompson 3-point performance! He beat Vince Carter, Ray Allen,Rex Champman and Jason Terry's record. Thompson gets buckets and showed why he is arguably the best SG in the league tonight.
- Norman Locke (@Naamannn): Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points. Without Klay’s record breaking game, the game would not have even been close. We cannot blame KD solely for the fourth quarter. Everyone was rushing shots and not getting back on defense.
- Myron Smothers (@iSpeakThatReal): The BasedGod curse seems live and well right now huh? Durant did not play well in the fourth and while I am not sure if Lil B is the cause of that, I am sure his performance is not close to a story compared to Klay's. Klay is the reason the Warriors were able to get that victory. He kept them in the game with some of the most ruthless 3-point shots ever seen. We call that "D*ck" in street ball when a player makes a shot in another's face and Klay gave out plenty D*CK to the Thunder in Game 6 (no homo tho).
What is One Key To The Game For Both Teams in Game 7?
- :Shaq Cosse (@TheRadioShaq): One key for The Warriors is to use Oracle to their advantage like they have all season. There is not many teams that can go into Oracle, with this much on the line, and get a victory, so The Warriors have a strong advantage in that sense. Home court in any Game 7 can be tilting, home court, Game 7 at Oracle, a whole different ball game. A key for The Thunder is to PRAY + a Russell Westbrook Triple Double. I think that Russ has a better chance at going off in this Game 7, than Kevin Durant does and I think that he will play better on the road in this super important game.
- Jalen Greenhouse (@Geespn): One key for both teams is execution. When the Thunder start playing ISO ball and not running sets they are vulnerable and when the Warriors rush their shots and do not play within themselves it is the same with them. Each team has to execute in their half court offense and turn their defense into fast break points. I believe that will be the key to watch for in Game 7, fast break points and also rebounds.
- Camren Linson(@Cam_Universe): One key to the game for both teams is to stay consistent in putting points on the board, The Warriors and Thunder
can both dominate the court offensively and defensively so if a team goes on a run, it will be hard to come back from. Also, the star players make the series legendary and entertaining and they will need to use all of their star powers in hopes to get their team the W.
- Norman Locke (@Naamannn): OKC has to keep constant pressure on Klay and Steph. Holding them while they run through screens, face guarding both after they cross half court and also watching for the outlet passes when Curry is ran off the 3-point line. He rarely chooses to finish at the rim. Warriors must control Westbrook, he is the emotional leader of the team. If he is turning the ball over and taking bad shots, the Warriors could easily jump out with a 12-point lead and OKC just would not be able to over come it.
- Myron Smothers (@iSpeakThatReal): GS has to do a better job a rebounding. They allowed OKC to get some many second chance opportunity by not crashing the glass. OKC has to hit some three point shots in Game 7. They went 3-23 compared to GS's 21-44. They need to hit more shots from long range if they want to keep up with the Warriors in Oracle.
Who has more Pressure to win game 7: Warriors because of the 73-Win regular season or Thunder for losing 3-1 Series lead?
- Shaq Cosse (@TheRadioShaq): THUNDER! The fact that The Warriors fought back from 3-1 down, won Game 6 in OKC, and forced a Game 7, will save them from taking a HUGE L even if they somehow do not go to The Finals. NOW, if The Thunder drop the ball on that 3-1 lead, MAJOR L's. The Pressure is certainly on.
- Jalen Greenhouse (@Geespn):
Very tough to decide who has the most pressure in winning a game 7 but I am going to have to go with the Warriors. Beating the Bulls record of 72 wins would still
mean something but they know it would mean much less if they did not even have the opportunity to play in the Finals.
- Camren Linson (@Cam_Universe): The Thunder have more pressure to win Game 7 than the Warriors simply because this is the last game for the Western Conference championship and a chance to go to the NBA Finals. The Warriors can lose and they still would have their championship from last year back at home waiting for them. The Thunder want badly to be in that position so the pressure is highly on them.
- Norman Locke (@Naamannn): Both are under immense pressure. Bull’s players were practicing in “72-10 means nothing with a ring shirts” because it is 100% true. Winning all 82 games means nothing if you are not that years NBA champion. OKC does not want to be known as the team to let the 73-9, former champs, with the first ever-unanimous MVP to come back from 3-1.
- Myron Smothers (@iSpeakThatReal): The pressure is on the Thunder. Win or lose, the Warriors still won 73 games in the regular season and fought back from a 3-1 deficit. The Thunder on the other-hand had a commanding lead over the Warriors in which they looked like the dominant team for most of the series and let it slip. If they lose Game 7, it will go down as one of the biggest chokes, most used Jordan face, Lil B curse mentioned days in history. The pressure is on the Thunder but especially stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Who Wins Game 7?
- Shaq Cosse (@TheRadioShaq): I think that the Golden State Warriors will win an EPIC Game 7. Memorial Day, Game 7, at Oracle, respect on the line. The game will be crazy. I do not think that The Thunder have what it takes to go into Oracle and snatch a victory.
- Jalen Greenhouse (@Geespn): From watching this series, it has taught us one thing, expect the unexpected and nothing is for certain. All corners point to the Warriors winning in Oracle in a Game 7. The away team is 2-8 in game 7 at the opponent's place. If history repeats itself Golden State has to like their chances. I think Golden State will win. I say that because in Game 5 I saw something; I saw a Warriors team who was able to
win a game after only making nine, that's right, nine total threes. I think they may have figured out how to win when the Thunder run them off the three-point line, which is dangerous. Last game was such a terrible loss for the Thunder and in the playoffs after losses like that, it is hard for most teams to recoup, especially against the best team in the NBA at one of the toughest arenas in the league. If OKC does pull this off though it would be in amazing fashion.
- Camren Linson (@Cam_Universe): The Oklahoma City Thunders will win game 7 in 2 Over times (OT's).
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are not going home yet! On the NBA Finals!
- Norman Locke (@Naamannn): OKC!
- Myron Smothers (@iSpeakThatReal): This game can go several different ways. I can see the Warriors winning in a blowout or I could see the Thunder winning a nail biter off a Kevin Durant game winner. I think the Thunder have a great shot to win this game and I believe they will keep it close. However, it is hard to bet against the team that looks like they have their mojo back and found a way to beat the opponent. My head says Thunder in a nailbiter but I just cannot pick against the Warriors in Oracle for aGame 7. Best home crowd in the NBA. Warriors advance to the NBA Finals.
Bonus: Most Annoying Player This series?
- Shaq Cosse (@TheRadioShaq): lol "You know Chubbs like Draymond..." The kick, the arguing, the pest like defense. Draymond has been a pain this series.
- Jalen Greenhouse (@Geespn): Most annoying player in this series would probably be a tie between Russell Westbrook and Draymond Green. Green complains too much to officials and Westbrook's constant three point shooting is annoying to me because that's not his game and it's not who he is.
- Camren Linson (@Cam_Universe): I honestly do not have one this series.
- Norman Locke (@Naamannn): Cameron Payne!
- Myron Smothers (@iSpeakThatReal): I agree with Norm! Cameron Payne has been more annoying than Draymond. All he does is dance and not play. Somebody tell Westbrook's hit them folks partner to take a seat! Sheesh!
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