This year's Western Conference Finals is expected to be a hard-fought series, as it pits two of the NBA's most loaded teams.
Game 1 of this heated matchup finally happened on Tuesday, with odds against the Thunder due to the Warriors' homecourt advantage and the fact they were facing one of the best teams in NBA history. Still, Oklahoma City was able to steal one from Golden State at the Oracle Arena, 108-102, despite being down by a baker's dozen at halftime.
You'd be sure the Dubs will come out firing in Game 2 to tie the series, so don't be surprised if a Game 7 will be needed to determine which team advances to the Finals. 'Twas only the first game of this head-to-head that is primed to be one for the books, but we've already been gifted with highlights such as:
An MVP flex
Filipino translation: "Ano'ng height mo?!"
Right 'Block' at you!
This tug-of-war isn't just about Steph and Klay, or Kevin and Russ. Don't forget about the two teams' respective defensive anchors.
[Insert hard-to-spell adjective here]
We'll be seeing—and dropping our jaws to—more of this; so you better get used to it.
The Westbrook show
First half: 1-of-10 shooting aka Bad Westbrook
Second half: 19 points in the pivotal third quarter, 27 in total, including 12 assists and seven steals (his playoff high), aka Good Westbrook
When it mattered
Will people remember KD's five straight misses before he made this one? NO.
Another missed call?
We seriously can't have the NBA Replay Center—no matter how high-tech it is—do the job of in-game referees.
Cooking from half-court
Is it possible that Curry spent all of his ammunition during the earlier part of the game, resulting to his team's atrocious 1-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc in the final quarter? If so, he might want to rethink his pregame warm-up routine.