The Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder went head-to-head last night for their fourth and final time of the regular season.
With a final score of 111-95, the Warriors swept the Thunder in all four games by an average of nearly 20 points.
The sports world and media have hyped up this matchup ever since Kevin Durant left OKC to join the Warriors during free agency last summer. For those who live under a rock, Durant joined the Warriors after OKC blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals in 2016.
Rightfully so, the media and fans built up this anticipation for the first matchup between the two teams. For those who do not/do not wish to remember, the Warriors demolished the Thunder by 26 points in their first meeting, followed by a 21-point beating on January 18 and a 16-point difference on February 11 and last night.
While watching First Take this morning with a cup of tea in hand, Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith debated an OKC/GSW playoff matchup. Kellerman said that he would like to see the matchup come playoff time because of the back story between the two teams. Smith on the other hand debunked Kellerman’s opinion and said he wanted to see competition, and finally someone said it.
Basketball, especially the NBA, has shied away from what the sport is all about, competition, and care more about a good headline. WAKE UP PEOPLE. OKC and GSW would be a non-competitive 4 and done playoff series with the Warriors blowing out the Thunder by double digits. Why would NBA fans want to see that? Because it’s a good story? Because Russell Westbrook would get another chance at Durant? ENOUGH. That is not basketball, especially not playoff basketball. Give me a series where two basketball teams can go head-to-head, competitively for 48 minutes.
By no means am I belittling the talent on the Thunder, but they simply do not have the scoring presence and depth that the Warriors have to be competitive. Westbrook who is in the MVP race is one of if not the best player in the league along with James Harden and other players.
Time will tell whether the two teams will meet again in the post season. Until then all we can do is wait.