Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Keys to the Series: Kevin Durant must play well, Russell Westbrook needs to improve his shot selection.
The Golden State Warriors should expect to see a healthy dose of the Oklahoma City Thunder's very own MVP candidate, Kevin Durant.
Golden State just doesn't have anyone that can keep up with Durant on the offensive end, as they start rookie Harrison Barnes at the small forward slot.
Barnes is going to be a good player in this league, but he has no chance against the offensive juggernaut that is Kevin Durant.
If this was a few years ago, you could argue that Richard Jefferson would be able to bother Durant a little bit, but Jefferson is 32 and can't be expected to stick with Durant for very long stretches.
However, the x-factor in this series is either going to be Russell Westbrook or Andrew Bogut.
Westbrook was sensational in a win over the Warriors earlier this year, leading the team with 30 points on 12-22 shooting. In the January follow-up, he was pretty much the opposite, shooting a poor 3-16 from the field.
The athletic point guard has to be more efficient with his shot if the Thunder is going to win this series.
Bogut could play an even bigger factor than Westbrook, as his return from injury has given Golden State the inside presence they lacked in his absence.
If he continues to improve with added minutes, the Thunder is going to have to figure out a way to stop him.
Hopefully, the combo of Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison and Hasheem Thabeet is enough, but this could be another case of a series that calls for Westbrook to be more aggressive in going to the hole and getting the opponents into foul trouble.
No matter what, this is a winnable series for the Thunder, they just have to play their game and stay aggressive.