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Isaiah Thomas Praises 16-Inches Taller OKC Rising Star After Clutch Heroics Sink Stephen Curry’s Warriors

Published 11/18/2023, 11:58 PM EST

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The Golden State Warriors have been in free fall. Between the over-reliance on Stephen Curry and Draymond Green’s suspension, their bad stretch was explainable. However, even with a returning Steph, the team had no answer for a young and dangerous OKC Thunder team. Their stellar play to begin the year has put everyone on notice. Led by potential MVP candidate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the team grows from strength to strength.

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Their poise and maturity in the clutch even impressed NBA veteran Isaiah Thomas. With a special mention to the team’s potential Rookie of the Year candidate, he had to acknowledge the magnificence of a young and dangerous OKC roster.

Chet Holmgren stuns the Warriors and Isaiah Thomas


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In perhaps the best example of an old vs new guard matchup, the Thunder were matching up against a veteran Golden State Warriors team. Despite securing a victory just 2 days ago, the return of Curry saw the scales tip in the Warriors’ favor. However, it didn’t amount to much.

Even though the game was far closer, the Thunder were ultimately able to overcome a tough Golden State hurdle. However, it was the Chet Holmgren show as time was winding down.


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In arguably the best game of his career, the 7’1″ prodigy tallied 35 points in regulation. Further, it was his last-second attempt that forced the game to overtime. Ultimately, the fresher legs, with the continued ascent of SGA prove to be the difference maker.

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Despite the game hanging in the balance at 120 apiece, 8 straight points by Alexander were the deciding factor in the game. Looking at the quality of basketball and the ascension of Oklahoma City on display, Thomas was left impressed.

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Might IT tweeted, “OMG SGA made plays to win this thunder game!!!!! Chet got HOOP game. I like the thunder!!!” 


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With the Thunder continuing to impress, is this a Cinderella run or the start of something fantastic? On the other hand, however, is the downfall of the Golden State Warriors. Can a returning Chef put them back on track?

Is Stephen Curry the secret ingredient?

The two games against Oklahoma City were a microcosm of the effect of the 2x MVP on the team. While the first was a comfortable victory for the younger team, the second was a much more competitive affair.


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The difference, of course, was a returning 4x Champion. However, the eventual result was still the same. With a discussion about Chris Paul and his effectiveness already taking over the Bay Area, can Golden State rebound? Also, is the dramatic turn in the form of Klay Thompson the purveyor of the team’s collapse?

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