After getting blown out by the Thunder in Game 4, 114-98, the Golden State Warriors have now lost back-to-back games for the first time all season. This has been a point of pride for Warriors coach Steve Kerr all year, the ability of his team to bounce back immediately, but the Thunder are currently stealing every bit of life this Golden State team can muster. The good news? Golden State hasn't lost three straight since November of 2013.
For this reason, you want to think the Warriors should be able to get Game 5 back at home, and at least push the series back to Oklahoma City. This is, after all, still a team that won an NBA record 73 games and was, until Tuesday, 12-0 after a losses. They're still the defending champs. Vegas has them as big favorites to win Game 5. I'll tell you what, though, OKC is in complete control right now. It's pretty hard to imagine them not finishing this thing off.
Think about this: In just four games over the course of eight days, the Thunder have handed the Warriors three losses. To put that in perspective, Golden State lost its third game of the season on January 13, about two and a half months into the season. Draymond Green has been historically bad over the past two games. Stephen Curry hasn't been much better. Russell Westrbook, on the hand? Dude has been something else.
"Gotta want it man," Westbrook told TNT's Craig Sager about beating Golden State twice in row. "I think our guys did a great job of coming out and defending home court. Andre Roberson, Serge [Ibaka], Kevin [Durant], down the line, everybody chipped in tonight. It was a great win for us."
A win that broke Golden State's streak and also puts the Thunder just one victory away from making the NBA Finals.