When: Saturday, October 30th, 2021 @ 5:30PM PT
How to Watch: NBC Sports Bay Area
How to Listen: 95.7 the Game
What a difference a couple of games make. Just two games ago for the Warriors, they came back from a double-digit deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in OKC despite Stephen Curry not scoring a single fourth quarter point. And last game, the Warriors blew a double-digit lead at home to the Memphis Grizzlies to lose their first game of the season...without Curry scoring a single fourth quarter point.
Meanwhile, after OKC blew the lead to GSW and took the L, they came back from 26-down to hand the Lakers a loss so shocking that L.A. legend James Worthy was at a loss for words.
James Worthy with some strong words on the Lakers loss to OKC pic.twitter.com/tfCKSaz4Uh— Hardwood Culture (@HardwoodCulture) October 28, 2021
Damn OKC getting some mojo back? What did they do to the greatest Thunderer of all time, Russell Westbrook, when he returned to their arena in the purple and gold? GOT HIM EJECTED?
Russell Westbrook assessed his second technical foul and ejected for grilling Darius Bazley with a thousand “DONT DO THAT”s in the final seconds pic.twitter.com/XYrGUJqHFw— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 28, 2021
Okay maybe it’s just me but that seemed like an exorcism of the ghosts of MVP’s past for the young and hopeful Thunder franchise. They are ready to their next chapter started by 2018 first rounder Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who leads them in scoring at 23.5 PPG.
The last three minutes of the third quarter from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander against the Lakers. Just absolutely lost my mind watching this stretch. Step-backs, insane handle on drives. Just your typical 14-point three-minute stretch. pic.twitter.com/rxwaxls2GC— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) October 28, 2021
The Thunder may have a relatively ugly record of 1-4 in this fresh season, but their starting to learn how to hunt big game. On the other hand, the Warriors are 4-1 but smarting after that annoying overtime collapse to the hungry Memphis Grizzlies. Their best player Curry hasn’t been able to go on scoring binges in the fourth quarter recently.
Steph Curry has zero points in 4Q/OT of the last 3 games.— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 29, 2021
0-11 FG. pic.twitter.com/TOF8KUfJI5
A scary thought considering he’s still leading the NBA in scoring at 30.4 points per game (tied with Memphis’ Ja Morant at the time of this writing). Although, with Curry’s penchant for doing his work early over his career, Dub Nation is used to him not needing the 4th quarter to put up ridiculous numbers. He scored 36 points in 3 quarters Thursday night against the Grizz, but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough.
I’m sure he’ll be looking to make something happy Saturday night. This game should be a fun one!