The morning after a 28-point loss in Game 3, Warriors players and coaches agreed that their rusty, flat performance was due to the long layoff caused by their covered wagon journey to Oklahoma City.
Golden State dominated in Game 2 on Wednesday, but the teams did not play again until Sunday night, owing to the long, perilous nature of the 1,600-mile wagon trek to Oklahoma.
“Any long layoff means it’ll take time to find your rhythm—especially when a couple guys are out with dysentery,” said coach Steve Kerr. “We’ll be better in Game 4 now that we’re here and settled and found some plots of land to live on.”
Although confident about Game 4, some Warriors privately expressed concern about Game 5 and the long journey to California, which they worry does not contain the bountiful oil riches it promises.