Take your pick! Golden State Warriors or Oklahoma City Thunders

Hi there NBA fans!

Its playoff time once again and gone are the contenders in formidable pretentious dominance of #Houston-Rockets, #Memphis-Grizzlies, #Portland-Trailblazers and most recently the #San Antonio-Spurs . Defending 2015 NBA Champions the #Golden State-Warriors and the #Oklahoma City-Thunders will square it off starting Monday May 16, 2016 to represent the Western Conference Division against the winner of the ongoing playoff games in the East with the #Cleveland-Cavaliers led by Le Bron James looming as the favorite to play at the Championship and try again their hands to capture the #Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The defending champion led by the #Splash-brothers will be tested again big time as they’re facing the charging duo of #Kevin Durant and #Russel Westbrook, here are the Five Factors to look at to gauge who’ll be able to advance to the Finals ;

COACHING STYLE

Steve Kerr – a former Chicago Bulls guard and a believer of run and gun system that even his big’s have joined the treys-party once leave open and keeps his stables always fresh inside the court to ensure those fast break points opportunities logged and has a broad system of approach in keeping his team on the game smartly telling his guys to foul even away from the ball. He is assisted by Luke Walton who guided them to a 24-0 record, Ron Adams, Jarron Collins, Bruce Fraser and Chris Demarco. They are the guys behind the 73-9 win loss regular season record surpassing the 20 years record of 72-10 established by the Chicago Bulls where Steve Kerr has played alongside Michael Jordan.

Billy Donovan – in his first year as Head Coach coming from University of Florida and a multi-awarded college coach, aided by Maurice Cheeks, Monty Williams and Mark Bryant. The team’s ability and basketball IQ were displayed in the clincher game against the Spurs as his system were able to neutralized the Big-Two in the person of TD and LMA, he is also comfortable using a run and gun system with KD and RW leading the charge and some muscles from Serge Ibaka and Adams. He likes to use the pick and roll too but it’s not yet perfectly considered as their weapon as they’re not that mobile enough to execute convincingly.

Advantage : Golden State Warriors

FIREPOWER and LEADERSHIP

Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry and Klay Thompson has an amazing combined average for 3-point percentage of 86.5% versus Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of 60.7% ! As the game is touted to be as dramatic as dog-fight with guns blazing from any place in both courts and that’ll make these series an exciting and interesting till the last second of every single game plus the possibility of continuous breaking of stats records. It is a battle of finesse versus slamming guards, both teams are high scoring machines with their averages above 100+ points. The GSW highly believe with their leader and the same with the OKC. There is just a little roughness in Russell Westbrook’s  over-eagerness to push the ball that sometime he forget to pass even in the most difficult situation or ball-possession as compared to the Splash Brothers they share the ball consistently as evident with the more than 25% assist as a team as against less than 20% of the Thunder. The back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry need not to tell his teammates what to do as the Kerr’s system is tightly embedded in every players genes and played cohesive offense and defense consistently thus error is limited in every possession.

Advantage : Golden State Warriors

HOME FANS

Both teams are well-loved by their basketball states and both are enjoying a sell-out crowd to lean-to for additional or loudest noise they need for distractions. But how can a 100% free-throw shooting percentage MVP will get distracted by a thousand crowd while playing on the road? This will play a great role when the game comes to an end game free throw shootout of their respective star players.

Advantage : Equal

SECOND TEAM or BENCH

It’s quite obvious that the defending champs enjoy a more skilled and well established second team, Livingston, Ezelie, Varejao, Rush and Barbosa are all in their prime and most of them have played in the last NBA Finals as compared to Singler, Payne, Morrow, Huestis and Mohammed. Experience and being use in the teams rotation put the Warriors second stringer at advantage and these will play a huge impact should there’ll be technical/flagrant or out of the playing court calls for any starting players as how it happens during Game 4 of the Golden State. And they all run the court which makes the Kerr system effective all throughout the night.

Advantage : Golden State Warriors

KILLER INSTINCT

All teams in the league created their team with well rounded discipline on and off the court. Superstars are enjoying extra training and each plays schemes are built around them. A shot from the way downtown in truly an unpredictable offense GSW and the Splash Brothers have as an advantage with their defenders and a cutting/running Draymond Green could break the OKC defense even with the presence of their two foreign players, its the mobility and high percentage shot that will add headache to the OKC shaded lane. Australian native Andrew Bogut will have his hands full battling Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams who’s been a factor in their Game 6 win against the Spurs. Hungrier OKC should made control of the game by dictating the right tempo and must blast the GSW a big lead more than enough as a quarter scores. Being relax have almost make them pay as they see their wide margin of 28 down to 11 versus the Spurs and that showed their not so good attitude in closing out a game convincingly which is the opposite with the Portland and Golden State game thriller that despite a single digit margin the MVP and Klay Thompson dominantly buried deep the opponent in the dying seconds of the game.

Slight Advantage : Golden State Warriors

I am fan of both teams and i think the best team that can best represent the WCF is the team that has the deeper harmonious offense, suffocating defense and an overwhelming killer instinct that an opponent should respect till the last fraction of a seconds. The one that over-power and dictate the outcome of the game with a well balance and equal threat to score convincingly even in the most difficult and time pressured situation which have been done and being done by the Golden State Warriors.

4-1 Golden State Warriors is my WCF Champs

 

 

 

 

 

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