The Warriors lost Game 3 of the 2016 Western Conference finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder by 28 points.
The Warriors lost Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder by 24 points.
Golden State trailed three games to one and was on the brink of elimination. Things looked bleak, and not many people gave the Warriors a chance to win three straight.
Yet somehow, someway (thanks "Game 6 Klay") -- they roared back and advanced to the NBA Finals.
Games 5 through 7 of the 2016 West Finals:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 2, 2020
-Steph Curry = 32.7 points, 7.7 assists, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 47% FG, 47.1% 3s, 3.7 turnovers, three wins
-Russ Westbrook = 26.0 points, 10.7 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals, 37% FG, 26.3% 3s, 5.0 turnovers, three losses https://t.co/KhqOXp7KqM
If only the Thunder had big man Kendrick Perkins on their team, they would have faced the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of the Dubs.
“If I was on Oklahoma City, we wouldn’t have blown that 3-1 lead,” Perkins told Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “There’s no way in hell we would have blown that.
"I’m not saying because of me playing. I am saying just my locker room presence."
Calm down, calm down, calm down.
Please try to stop laughing.
Perkins was traded to Oklahoma City in February 2011, and spent the next three-plus seasons there before being traded to the Utah Jazz in February 2015.
He and former Warriors superstar Kevin Durant were very close, but have been on the outs recently because of some social media beef.
Although Perkins tweeted an apology at the two-time NBA Finals MVP in late January, is it possible for his recent comment about the Thunder blowing the 3-1 lead to be viewed as somewhat of a dig at KD?
You can find out more about Perkins’ thoughts on his feud with KD next week, when he is a guest on the “Runnin’ Plays Podcast."
And in case you were curious -- Perkins played for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2015-16 season, averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over 37 games.
Also -- he was "on the Cavs" when the Warriors swept them in the 2018 NBA Finals.
Curry was upset that Perkins didn't move his legs out of the way pic.twitter.com/gCwhOygFS4— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 4, 2018
Don't mess with Steph.