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Down and out in Game 7: what happened to the Oklahoma City Thunder?

It’s less useful to point fingers at Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook than it is to wonder what went wrong for OKC collectively

How did we get to this point? What went wrong for Oklahoma City that they could squander the chance to end the Golden State Warriors’ magical season? This kind of thing only happens to snakebitten franchises like the Clippers after all. Is it as simple as a flurry of three-pointers burying a Thunder team that forgot how to shoot from the perimeter? Or is it as absurd as a long-running curse from hip-hop star Lil B? My personal preference is to blame the curse — curses are fun, as long as you aren’t the one being cursed — but, if the supernatural really dictated professional sports, then I’d be out of a job. One tangible, decidedly non-magical moment encapsulated the Warriors’ journey from an insurmountable deficit to an unlikely victory.

With the game still within reach, but the clock ticking past two minutes, Stephen Curry dribbled the ball over and around each Thunder player on the court, and metaphorically speaking, through the entire state of Oklahoma. The OKC players stood watching, half-heartedly challenged him at mid-court, and refused to foul one of the best free throw shooters in the entire game of basketball. What did Steph do in the midst of these stone-footed giants? He buried a dagger three that ended the game, as he is wont to do on a regular basis.

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