The OKC Thunder took the early lead in their series against the Golden State Warriors when they won Game 1 on Monday night in Oakland. With NBA MVP Stephen Curry back for just his second game since sitting out parts of Rounds 1 and 2 with an injury, the Warriors must now play catch-up if they want a chance to repeat as the NBA Champions. They’ll have one day to regroup and prepare for another game in Oakland, as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
With the Warriors-Thunder series under way, everyone braces themselves for the last round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs before the NBA Finals. Can Steph Curry and Golden State make some adjustments and tie their series with the OKC Thunder on Wednesday?
The Warriors and Thunder move on to Game 2 on Wednesday as they compete to play the winners of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptor in the Finals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Warriors-Thunder Game 1 stats
Russell Westbrook had a game-high 27 points, 12 assists, and an incredible seven steals, not to mention six rebounds. Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Steven Adams led the team in boards with 12 and added 16 points for a double-double of his own. Serge Ibaka made it three double-doubles for the OKC Thunder with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
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For Golden State, Steph Curry led the team in points (26), rebounds (10), assists (seven), steals (three, tied with Andre Igoudala) — and turnovers (seven), Klay Thompson added 26 points and 9 boards, while Draymond Green contributed 23 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots.
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Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs vs. Raptors
The Raptors have played in nearly twice as many Playoff games as the Cavaliers in 2016. While Cleveland and King James swept through the first two rounds against the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, Toronto had to go to Game 7 against both the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. They’ll get just one day off after sending the Heat home before facing the Cavs at the Q. They played 14 games over 29 days; the Cavs played just eight.
However, to the Raptors advantage, they won two of the three regular season match-ups against the Cleveland Cavaliers this year. Toronto won the first match-up in late November at the Air Canada Center 103-99. The Raptors won another close game against the Cavs in late February 99-97. In early January at the Q, however, Cleveland dominated Toronto 122-100. All three regular season games were won by the home team. As the No. 1 seed, Cleveland will be home for four games if the series is pushed to Game 7.
Golden State-OKC: Where To Watch Game 2
Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals featuring Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder will be Wednesday, May 18, at the Oracle Center in Oakland. As of Sunday evening, only a handful of seats were available through Golden State’s official website to see the Warriors vs. Thunder live at Golden State for Game 2. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PST and will air on ESPN.
Game 1 of the Raptors-Cavs series will air on ESPN Tuesday night with the game scheduled to begin at 8:30 EST. Game 2 airs at the same time on ESPN on Thursday night, May 19.
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