The Golden State Warriors play an early must-win game that will stream live Wednesday, after they fell behind 1-0 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of their NBA Western Conference Finals series. Despite winning an NBA record 73 regular season games, then breezing through the first two rounds of the playoffs with five-game series wins over both the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors face a nearly impossible situation if they fall in Game Two at home.
In NBA playoff history, teams that have dropped the first two games of a seven-game series at home have won just three of those series — and lost 20. And in Conference Finals series, the home team has gone down 2-0 only nine times, and lost all nine series.
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Even the normally clinical Warriors, who are being widely hailed as the greatest NBA team of all time, admit to a degree of concern heading into the Wednesday night showdown with Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City at Oracle Arena.
“It’s foreign territory for this group,” Golden State center Andrew Bogut said on Tuesday. “We’ve been in similar situations where we’ve been down 2-1, but to lose that one at home was tough. It feels like it’s the end of the world for some people.”
The Warriors lost only two games at home in the entire regular season, defending their home court until April 1 when they were nipped by the Boston Celtics, 109-106. They then lost again four days later, in overtime, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They were undefeated at home in the 2016 playoffs until the shocking 108-102 loss on Monday.
Watch a preview of the crucial Thunder vs Warriors Game Two, from the NBA TV panel of hoop experts, in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Western Conference Finals Game Two, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific Time, 9 p.m. Eastern, on Wednesday, May 18, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
During the regular season, Oklahoma City faced Golden State three times — and lost all three games. Warriors star and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry says that his team must simply get back to playing with the identity that has won them 81 games so far, including playoff games, in 2015-2016.
“When we are at our best, no matter how good a defense is, we move the ball, we move bodies, we set good screens and make defenses pay for being aggressive out on the perimeter,” Curry said, referring to Monday’s loss. “That wasn’t us. We have to be better at being us.”
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To watch a live stream of the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Western Conference Finals series, Game Two, fans will have a few options on Wednesday. Using login credentials from a cable or satellite provider, viewers can log in to Watch TNT at this link — or download the Watch TNT app to view the game on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. The alternative feed from TNT Overtime, however, is accessible without login credentials by clicking here.
For fans who want another way to watch the live stream without login credentials, or those who simply prefer to watch the Western Conference Finals Playoff game on a TV set rather than on a computer or mobile device, Sling TV carries TNT, which will broadcast the game. The Sling TV package subscription costs $20 per month, but also offers a seven-day free trial. To watch the NBA Playoffs Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Golden State Warriors Game Two on Sling TV, go to this link to sign up. The PlayStation Vue TV subscription, which is also available on several non-PlayStation devices such as the iPad and Amazon Fire, comes with a free trial as well and carries the NBA on TNT at this link.
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