OKLAHOMA CITY, Sporting Alert – Golden State Warriors head into Tuesday night’s Western Conference finals Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in serious need of a win after falling 2-1 behind in the seven-game series.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is confident that his team will bounce back from the recent blow out setback, just like it did last year on the way to winning the title, but there are many who are not so optimistic about the defending champions’ chances of coming back should they lose Game 4 in Oklahoma City.
ESPN’s analyst Stephen A. Smith said on First Take Tuesday that Kerr needs to start showing his coaching skills, as he’s being out-coached by Thunder rookie coach Billy Donovan.
Smith said it’s now “code red” time for the Warriors and want the reigning Coach of the Year Kerr to step-up
“What’cha gonna do about it,” said Smith on ESPN First Take in reference to Kerr’s plans to stop the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who are absolutely ripping the NBA champions apart.
There is good news, though, for the Warriors as star forward Draymond Green is available to play after the league opted not to suspend him for kicking Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams in the groin area in Game 3.
Green was fined $25,000, but will not have to sit out any games, which is good news for Golden State, despite him averaging just eight points and six rebounds in the last two game, and 13 points and 5.7 rebounds in the series so far.
If Golden State is going to level the series at 2-2 on Tuesday night, Green will need to step up his performance, and perhaps do less talking, while Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry will have to keep producing together, as pure defense will not be enough to slow down Westbrook and Durant.
Oddsmakers are currently still keeping faith with the Warriors, who are listed as 2½-point favorites to beat the Thunder here at the Chesapeake Energy Arena and level the series before heading home for Game 5.