Warriors Waste Stephen Curry’s Blood and Sweat Yet Again – 3 Key Takeaways After Another OKC Thunder Upset

Published 12/08/2023, 11:13 PM EST

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The Golden State Warriors were handed a loss yet again at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. This was the Warriors’ third straight loss against the Thunder after winning their first and only matchup of the season so far. And despite Stephen Curry’s efforts, the rest of the Warriors squad could not help close out the game.

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The Warriors lost a heartbreaking game in overtime as Oklahoma City’s young core took over in the final moments of the game. What went wrong for the Warriors? Here are three takeaways from the game.

Is everyone past their prime apart from Stephen Curry?

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The Oklahoma City Thunder made a huge comeback against the Golden State Warriors. Four quarters were not enough for Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors squad to put away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder. And in the end, the Warriors ended up perishing in the overtime period.

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The Thunder took the game with a final score of 138-136. Stephen Curry was the team’s leader in scoring with 34 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal in the 40 minutes he played on the floor. 

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Curry did get a good effort from the other half of the Splash Brothers duo, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Thunder. The team did not perform well. Andrew Wiggins had another abysmal night from the floor, shooting 4-11 from the field and scoring only 12 points for the game. The team got the same offensive output from their defensive leader as well.

Draymond Green too poured in only 12 points for the game but he paired that with 13 rebounds, finishing the game with a double-double.

Is Steve Kerr past his prime too?

The Golden State Warriors have some great players on the bench, but that seems to be another problem. They are still on the bench. And head coach Steve Kerr insists on keeping this starting five the way it is.

Is it time to consider that Steve Kerr too is past his prime? Given that players like Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson are All-Stars, shouldn’t other young players be given a chance in the rotation?

Jonathan Kuminga came off the bench and scored 24 points along with 12 rebounds. Dario Saric could be a viable replacement for Kevon Looney in the starting lineup. And it may be time to shift Andrew Wiggins to the bench.

However, Steve Kerr has yet to make any drastic changes to the starting lineup. 

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Thunder turning out to be a real threat in the West

The Oklahoma City Thunder are putting on a show for the fans and the rest of the teams in the league, especially the Western Conference. After struggling for the past few years, the Thunder seem to have found the right pieces to build around.

The team has a current record of 14-7 and is in the second spot in the Western Conference, even a spot above the reigning NBA champions. Chet Holgrem finally coming off his injury and joining the team has been an absolute blessing for the Thunder.

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Apart from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jalen Williams has been an absolute delight to see for both the Thunder fans and the team’s front office. Let’s see how far this team goes as general manager Sam Presti goes on to add a few more intricate pieces to the roster.

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