I was floored by the Warriors “comeback” series victory over Oklahoma City. I just saw a news flash where the Warriors defeated the Thunder 96-88. Sports media will tout this series as an all-time great series, whoever the Warriors leading scorer is will be touted as an all-time great player and the sports media will then tell you about the great matchup in The Finals.
My question is, how did the Thunder take a 3-1 series lead? Instead of touting the Warriors win as a tremendous victory for them, I view it as a monumental collapse by the Thunder. Ahead by seven at home in the 4th quarter in Game Six, the Thunder resorted to, as Charles Barkley put it, “heroball.” At some point heroball fails. Usually late in the 4th quarter of games with meaning.
Kevin Durant was a large reason why the Thunder got to the point where they had the 3-1 lead. He has to take a good hard look at why they failed to achieve victory, even though they had a chance to win all but one of the games in this series. His ball handling late in games was particularly poor, and late ball handling is where you have to put this series loss.