Now, it could potentially send out a patchwork lineup against the Lakers, who have won seven of 10 games, including a win against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
In leading his team to a second consecutive win over the Warriors, Westbrook made 13 of his 26 shots overall and also found time for nine rebounds and nine assists. Westbrook had half the field goals on just 11 shots in his 21-point explosion. Coach Steve Kerr has described his team as "mentally fried", which does not sound good at all.
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Durant had scored 39 and 40 points in his previous two home games against his former club.
Kerr echoed Curry's point, however. They outscored the Warriors in the paint 54-40. Simply put, they haven't been the same side since losing Andre Roberson.
After 55 games, fans may still be trying to figure out who the Thunder are, but Carmelo Anthony sure doesn't sound like he is.
Warriors: Golden State had 12 first-half turnovers for 19 Thunder points, 25 turnovers in all.
The Warriors have multiple problems that have led to their defensive struggles, but almost all of them are fixable before the games really start to matter.
If there's one thing the Thunder have proven to be, it's inconsistent. They've been getting close to nothing offensively from that unit, particularly in terms of outside shooting.
WithKawhi Leonard's constant injuries this season, the two biggest threats in the West are the Thunder and Rockets, two teams they are now 1-4 against.
"Russ was instant offense", Paul George said after the game (ESPN). But both players will be pretty much at the peak of their powers heading into Round 2, which should make for a much more interesting battle this time around. Russell Westbrook jumped off the bench and clapped Green off the court. Russell Westbrook led the way with a 21-point, four assist effort in the quarter (9-11 from the floor). Thompson obviously has the ability to fully exploit that particular matchup if given the opportunity.