So we knew early on that neither Dre nor Westbrook would be active tonight. Okay, fine. But Steven Adams was a gametime decision? Now we worry.
Adams did play, and didn’t seem to be particularly rusty, though his back seemed to bother him at times. Dennis Schröder and Paul George were less than wonderful early on, but stabilized; down 10 at halftime, the Thunder, paced by 15 from PG-13, briefly led, finished the third quarter down only four, and tied it up again early in the fourth. But Golden State routinely swept the boards clean, and outshot the Thunder almost every way it’s possible to shoot; on balance, it’s sort of amazing the Warriors won this one by only eight, 108-100.
Weirdly, there were only two double-doubles all night: Adams got one (17/11), and Kevon Looney (!) got the other (10/10). Steph Curry delivered 32 points as effortlessly as only he can, Kevin Durant (remember him?) followed with 26. Leading the OKC charge: George (26) and Schröder (21). But look at these GS numbers: Rebounds, 57-46. Free throws, 17/18 versus 23-36. Then again, neither side did much from the three-point line: the Warriors went 7-26, the Thunder 10-37, neither of them on the good side of 30 percent.
Good news: OKC only has to play the Warriors three times this year. Bad news: two of them will be in Oakland. Next game is Friday against the Clippers, or what’s left of them anyway.