The Western Conference Finals moves to Oklahoma as the Golden State Warriors will face the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 3 at 5 p.m. PST tonight on TNT.
The big story leading up to today's game has been whether Thunder coach Billy Donovan would change his starting lineup in response to The Andre Roberson Problem, we discussed on Friday — with the Warriors making almost no effort to guard him, the Thunder are having a hard time scoring with him on the floor.
However, Donovan says he's going to trust the lineup that has been successful in getting them this far, as described by Erik Horne of The Oklahoman.
Similar questions arose about the starting shooting guard spot after the Thunder was walloped by San Antonio 124-92 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Yet, Donovan stuck with Roberson as the starter, just as he has for 83 games this season when Roberson has been healthy.
"I feel good about it," Donovan said of his starting five of Roberson, Westbrook, Durant, Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams. "I've got confidence in all those guys in terms of what they can do and what they can provide for our team."
It's apparently normal for Donovan not to discuss his starters a day before the game so there's no need to read into his statements, but figuring out The Andre Roberson Problem will be crucial to the Thunder's chances of winning the series.