The Thunder became the first team since 1981 to blow a 3-1 series lead in the Conference Finals. It was a tough three games to say the least for the Thunder. The team went out there every night and played their hardest. They challenge a 73-win Warriors team in a way that no one has in two years. The Thunder were not able to reach the Finals but they can still be pride of the season they had.
Nevertheless, the Thunder did blow a big series lead. The trick of it all is that the Thunder still seemed to play better than the Warriors throughout the series, even the last three games of it all. So what went wrong for the Thunder? How did the end up at home? Kevin Durant explained it in his post game press conference.
Durant: "They beat us from the 3-point line the last two games. We beat them from everywhere else … that was the series."
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 31, 2016
Durant is spot on with this analysis. The Thunder did outplay the Warriors in almost every aspect of the game,but it is amazing what hitting your shots can do. The Thunder have talented players but the Warriors have two guys that are just plain deadly from beyond the three-point line. That kind of shooting won the Warriors a championship last season and it could very well do the same this year.
As the Thunder get ready for next season they will need to find a way to counter that shooting. It appears that no defense can stop what the Warriors do so there is only one answer, get more shooting around Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant and Westbrook can create plays, if they have teammates that can knock down open shots then it will propel the team greatly. There are a few players the Thunder should looking at adding in free agency, one big name would be Courtney Lee. If the Thunder added Lee they would have a three-point shooter and a defensive force. The Thunder still have work to do if they want to win it all, but it is work that can be done.