Some Fun Facts About The Thunder’s Destruction Of Golden State
How many Game 3's can you remember? Exactly. Expect Sunday night's blowout of the Golden State Warriors to come to mind any time you get asked that question going forward, because damn, that was an unprecedented thrashing of the greatest regular season team in NBA history. In fact, it was one of the biggest blowouts in playoff history, period. Only two playoff teams have scored more than the Thunder did last night -- and one of those teams was the Los Angeles Lakers, who also happened to be playing the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals (a 56-point blowout in 1973).
The significance of this epic ass-kicking, whether that takes the form of "we've underestimated OKC" or "the Warriors are losing steam", will inevitably be overstated (as it did after games 1 and 2), so here are some objective observations to help you put last night's thrashing into your own perspective...
Thunder third Q shot chart. Somehow there were only 7 fast break points. pic.twitter.com/qbu3Ovqxok
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) May 23, 2016
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 23, 2016
The Warriors have lost every Game 3 this year ... They lost 2 of 4 Game 3s last year
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) May 23, 2016
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 23, 2016
Most important thing to take away from tonight: Warriors’ death lineup got outscored 26-4 in seven minutes and shot 1-of-16 from the field.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) May 23, 2016
Last two home games for the Thunder: Led the Spurs by as many as 28, led the Warriors by as many as 41.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 23, 2016
Warriors: 28-point loss is their second-largest of the season (lost at Trail Blazers in February by 32 points)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2016
Stu gave Kobe two one-game suspensions in 2007 for not controlling follow-through and striking defenders. https://t.co/pwMH7K6SD7
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) May 23, 2016
Draymond Green's career-worst -43 is worst plus/minus by any player in playoff game since at least 1997. His previous low for any game: -20
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 23, 2016
72 points. Most the Thunder has ever scored in a postseason first half.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) May 23, 2016
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