Preview: Warriors host Thunder. Round 2 FIGHT!

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Golden State Warriors Oklahoma City ThunderWHEN Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 730 p.m.WHERE
Oracle Arena Oakland, CAWATCH TNTRADIO 95.7 The GameThey took our mascot, we
took their best playerHere’s hoping that playing an emotional rival can revive
the Warriors’ focus
After one of the more interesting weeks I can remember, the Warriors are just
trying to hold on to first place until the All-Star break next week. The Thunder
beat the Warriors back in November, 108-91, but the Warriors are the better team
on paper. However this next game shakes out, this is matchup two of four between
the Thunder and Warriors this year. There’s more than enough beef here to start
a legitimate rivalry, though the Thunder are going to have to prove that they
can hang with the Warriors in the postseason before this turns into something
more than a regular matchup that the guys take personally
The Warriors are wearyAs someone who doesn’t always get his work done on time
and finds himself occasionally surfing the internet rather than working on
spreadsheets it’s not at all hard for me to understand what the Warriors are
going through right now. Slacking off through the slow season is fine, I guess,
as long as you can turn it back ON when it starts to matter. But that’s the
trick right? All these games matter a little, don’t they?Steve Kerr may not be
too worried, but after getting blasted by 30 in Utah, barely winning an ugly
game in Sacramento (featuring 25 turnovers by the Dubs), and then dropping a
game in Denver that was the first time this season the team blew a lead heading
into the fourth quarter. So, worry as much or as little as you like, but let’s
all admit that the Warriors are running on mental fumes right now. Steve Kerr
went off on this a little bit on Monday during media availability, as per Monte
Poole“The first thing is we’re not taking care of the ball,” coach Steve Kerr
told NBC Sports Bay Area after practice
“And then it’s about the detail. We’re getting beat on back cuts, boxouts and
offensive rebounds. Our 3-point defense has dropped. We’re not challenging and
we’re not closing out. And a lot of those 3-point shots come off offensive
boards.“As soon as our effort and our attention to detail picks up, we’re going
to be right back where we were.”...“Just gentle film reminders; I don’t need to
yell and scream,” Kerr said after practice. “We’re doing fine, but we’ve got to
mix in some drill work and film work and prod them a little bit.”It’ll be
interesting to see how much of that resonates, come game time tonight. The
Thunder lost one of their key defenders, but their offense is bangingIn a scene
all too familiar in the NBA this year, the Thunder lost a key player to a
season-ending injury just a short time ago. Andre Roberson is one of those
“rangy” defenders that has always seemed to gum up the Golden State Warriors’
offense. In combination with fellow long-armed defensive force, Paul George, the
duo covered the wings and forced plays into the able hands of Steven Adams. Now,
Roberson is out and the Thunder defense is starting to slide
Scroll all the way to the right in the table below and just look at how
beneficial Roberson has been [note if you don’t see a table directly below, you
can click here to see Roberson’s on off totals] Black History Month!The NBA gets
a lot of little things right, not the least of which is their treatment of Black
History month. Fans who attend the game tonight will get a ‘Black History is
Golden T-Shirt’ and a Splash Towel. Which is cool, but not nearly as cool as
hearing about all the good work that the Warriors, and the NBA are doing to
support this important month. A code that I live by is "actions are louder than