Warriors, trailing 3-1, in state of shock
POSTED: 05/24/2016 10:29:22 PM PDT
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Every shoulder was slumped and every facial cdth was frozen, glazed, dazed and weighed down by so many invisible things.
Andre Iguodala sat still. Draymond Green didn't move. Stephen Curry wandered from his locker into the showers like he was walking through a nightmare.
If anybody talked to each other, I didn't see it.
After getting shellacked in Game 4 again here by the Thunder, the Warriors' locker room was a dark and silent painting, a stunning frozen moment while everybody in there absorbed every queasy emotion at once.
The greatest regular-season team in NBA history went numb on Tuesday night, before, during and especially after their 118-94 loss at Chesapeake Energy Arena to fall behind 3-1 in this Western Conference finals.
There were no words to express this, except to say that this proud, accomplished, championship-winning team was in a state of shock.
"I'm very surprised," said Klay Thompson once he made it to the interview room. "I would be lying to you if I wasn't."
It wasn't supposed to happen like this, but the Warriors are one loss away from becoming the greatest team in sports history to fail to win a championship.
And the Warriors -- who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season -- sure looked like they were coming to grips with the full significance late Tuesday.
They are not quite done, of course. They start their last stand on Thursday at Oracle Arena, and it would be their utmost humiliation to end this season with a loss on their home floor.
But Curry hasn't been himself in this series, the rest of this team hasn't been nearly what it was for most of this season, and Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan has hit every button while Steve Kerr has dialed up wrong numbers ...
And Green for sure has been shockingly lost and listless for the last two games -- before and after the outrage after his kick into Steven Adams' groin in Game 3.
He speaks for the team, and after Game 4, Green pointed all blame at his own chest, though he admitted he had no answer or easy fix.
"I've been the energy for this team and I have not been that," Green said. "I think our energy goes as my energy goes, and I've been awful ...
"At the end of the day I know I've got to be better in Game 5. It's all or nothing. We've put too much work in to go out like this. I wouldn't be able to live with myself all summer going out like this."
Are they going to go out like this? All odds are against the Warriors now, beyond the history of being down 3-1 and into the reality of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook & Co. completely dominating this series.
This is the situation: The Thunder is out-playing, out-hustling and out-thinking the Warriors in every way, from top to bottom, has already won once at Oracle, and even if the Warriors win on Thursday, the Warriors would have to come right back here for Game 6.
Beat the Thunder three consecutive times when the Warriors haven't looked like they belonged on the same court in the last two games?
That's a massive leap to make, and even the Warriors weren't claiming that they knew for sure they could take it.
What adjustments can they make that would really matter? Ask the Thunder not to play Durant and Westbrook for a game or two?
"Good news is we go home," Kerr said. "Obviously we play well at home. The idea now is to go home and get one win and do that, we put some pressure on them, and we see what happens."
The Warriors were clobbered 56-40 in rebounding, and also the Thunder had 16 steals and eight blocked shots.
Oklahoma City's length and quickness has bedeviled the Warriors' offense throughout this series, and I don't know if the Warriors can fix that.
On Tuesday, Curry made only 6 of his 20 shots (19 points) and committed six turnovers, raising concerns about his health after enduring two leg injuries earlier in the postseason.
And Green went 1 for 7 (six points) and committed six turnovers of his own.
The Warriors' two leaders gave them next to nothing in the biggest game -- and biggest challenge -- of this season, so it's hard to see how the escape happens.
Green tried to sketch out a scenario, though -- just tough it out, start punching and see what happens.
"I think when you look at this team, you've got a lot of stuff that people have never seen before," Green said. "I'm not sure how many times people have been down 3-1 before ...
"But we're going to give some people something that they've never seen before. That's going to be our focus going into Game 5 and it's one game at a time.
"We're down, we're not out, and we're going to take that approach. Obviously every game from here on out we've got to come out swinging like our lives depend on it."
But Green also brought up an interesting possibility, in the wake of last season's championship and all the accolades he and his teammates have received in the last months.
When he was asked why Oklahoma City seems to be getting to every important loose ball, Green offered one possibility:
"Obviously they wanted it more than us," Green said. "Now is that them not having a championship and us having a championship, all of a sudden we're relaxed?
"It's possible. I mean, at this point, everything's a possibility. But it's the first to four wins."
It's the first to four wins, and Oklahoma City has three, and the Warriors have one.
There is a last stand coming for the 73-win team, and it has come much sooner than anybody expected, most especially the guys who had the slumped shoulders and stunned cdths in the Warriors' locker room.
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