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Back to the future: Warriors vs. Thunder

How did Golden State do with their keys to victory against Oklahoma City?

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors would have had no excuse had they lost to the lowly, tanking Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. So they did the reasonable thing and won in fairly convincing fashion.

Usually 21-point wins mean a team hit on their pregame keys to victory, but did the Dubs? Let’s revisit my preview and find out.

Don’t foul

The key: Limit fouls so that the Warriors strong defense can prey on OKC’s horrendous offense.

The outcome: The Warriors committed 19 fouls on the night, which was a little bit below their season average of 21.3. It was a good defensive effort overall — the Dubs held the Thunder to just 40.9% shooting, and 23.1% from deep — and Golden State was fairly disciplined. Limiting fouls is something they’re working hard on, and while it’s not exactly a strength, it’s getting a little better.

Grading the key: 6.5 out of 10.

Threes

The key: Get and make open looks from beyond the arc.

The outcome: The Dubs let it fly from deep, with 47 triples attempted — well over half their shots. Three is worth more than two, as Bob Fitzgerald is fond of pointing out, so it was a smart strategy.

They also converted at a high clip, making 19 of those 47 for a rate of 40.4%. The biggest catalysts were Steph Curry and Mychal Mulder, who both attempted 13 three-balls, with Curry making 6 and Mulder 7.

When the Warriors move the ball and function on offense the way the want to, they get a lot of good looks from distance.

Grading the key: 9.5 out of 10.

Clean the glass

The key: Rebound well to avoid giving the Thunder an opportunity to exploit Golden State.

The outcome: Steve Kerr applauded the Warriors after the game for their rebounding effort, and it deserved the praise. They had more opportunities for boards than their counterparts, because of the difference in shooting percentage, but still: the Dubs outrebounded the Thunder 49-39, and 7-5 on the offensive glass.

It was also a balanced effort: Kevon Looney grabbed 10 boards, Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson secured 9, Andrew Wiggins (who’s been tremendous on the glass all year) had 7, and Kent Bazemore chipped in with 6.

The Dubs were active when the ball was in the air, and it paid off.

Grading the key: 9 out of 10.

Wins are good, more of those please.