The Golden State Warriors face a nightmare scenario in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Playoff series that will stream live against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. After taking a second straight hammering from the Thunder on Tuesday — losing two straight games for the first time in the 2015-2016 season — back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry finds his team trailing the series 3-1 heading back to Oracle Arena.
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Oklahoma City already defeated Golden State on the Warriors’ home court in the opening game of the series. Now the Warriors must win Thursday’s home game or the season in which they set a new NBA record by winning 73 regular season games will come to a humiliating end, without even reaching the NBA Finals.
The defending NBA champions were long considered heavy favorites to repeat, just as Curry repeated as MVP. But as the Western Conference Final has progressed, the once unstoppable Warriors have shown signs of wearing down — or cracking under the pressure of expectations.
“We didn’t play very intelligently,” Coach Steve Kerr said after the Warriors absorbed a 118-94 loss in Game 4. “Way too many turnovers, careless passes. This is probably the longest team in the league that we’re facing, and we are continuing to try to throw passes over the top of their outstretched arms. It’s probably not a great idea.”
The Warriors turned the ball over 21 times on Tuesday. Curry himself was responsible for six of those gifts to the Thunder.
Can the Warriors somehow regroup? To see what the NBA TV panel thinks about the situation, watch the preview of the Warriors vs. Thunder Game 5 in the video below.
Highlights of the 24-point Thunder victory on Tuesday, putting the Oklahoma City Thunder up 3-1 in the series, can be viewed in the following video.
To find out how to watch a live stream of what could be a historic Game Five in the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Western Conference Finals Series, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Pacific Time at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Thursday, May 26 — 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Of course, even if the Warriors win Thursday’s home game, they still face a daunting task, needing to go back to Oklahoma and win a game there — after losing Games 3 and 4 at Chesapeake Energy Arena by 28 and 24 points. And even a win there would still require a Game Seven victory, as well.
Only nine teams in NBA history have come back to win a seven-game series after falling behind 3-1, most recently last year when the Houston Rockets won the final three games of the Western Conference Semifinals, even after losing Games 3 and 4 by 25 and 33 points.
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To watch a live stream of the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Western Conference Finals series, Game 5, fans will have a few options on Thursday. 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 Five 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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