USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick breaks down Oklahoma City’s victory in the series opener.
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OAKLAND – If the Golden State Warriors needed a group therapy session after their calamitous loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, a 108-102 ending in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals with Game 2 on Wednesday, they had plenty of options for the role of lead psychiatrist.
They could go with head coach coach Steve Kerr, the five-time champion as a player whose titles teams all lost at least one playoff home game during their respective runs. They could ask Steve Nash, the future Hall of Famer/Warriors player development consultant whose Phoenix Suns once started their 2010 postseason with a home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round before later reaching the conference finals.
Or, of course, these defending champion Warriors could ask themselves. After all, their 2015 crowning took place after they overcame 2-1 series deficits to both the Memphis Grizzlies (in the second…