The Starting Lineups:
Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Corey Brewer, Steven Adams
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Zaza Pachula
Mainly, because they have an uncanny ability to match up, at least in a relatively even way, with this hall-of-fame Warriors team. With Paul George on the floor, he is able to match up with Kevin Durant in a way most other players cannot. He will, at the very least, have a shot at disrupting the Durantula’s usual assault.
Russell Westbrook is an athlete unlike we’ve ever seen and has the ability to shut down Stephen Curry (if that exists) should he focus intensely on it. Unfortunately, Russell’s need to carry such a large load on the offensive end tends to take away from his defensive prowess and potential. Again, however, this is the playoffs and I imagine Westbrook will hold nothing back on either end.
Carmelo Anthony is a big boy. And tall. He is an under-appreciated defender and can, and will, match up with Draymond Green. Probably not for entire games but there will be long stretches where he will guard Green. If Carmelo comes to play, we could very well see the mitigation of Green’s influence upon the game.
Is it likely?
Probably not, but if things line up for the Thunder, with a stroke of luck they have the very real ability to give the Warriors some problems. That being said, I believe the Warriors are, in fact, too deep for an upset over seven to take place.
It is players like Nick Young, Shaun Livingston, and Javale McGee coming off the bench with solid minutes that make this team such a Godzilla.
However, it is not impossible. The Warriors have been plagued by injury late in this season, and in the playoffs, truly, anything can happen.
Thunder: Carmelo Anthony and 3-point shooting
Warriors: Health and Bench