NBA Playoff Kicks: What To Expect During The Warriors-Thunder Matchup

Russell Westbrook Stephen Curry Under Armour
From left: Russell Westbrook in the Air Jordan XXX and Stephen Curry in the Under Armour Curry Two.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder — much to the surprise of fans and analysts alike — closed out its series with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, winning Game 6 on its home Chesapeake Energy Arena court, 113-99. That sets up a Western Conference Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors, and the star-studded series is sure to be full of monumental sneaker moments.

Golden State and Oklahoma City both have ballers with well-known shoe deals: Stephen Curry with Under Armour, Klay Thompson with Anta, Kevin Durant with Nike and Russell Westbrook with Jordan Brand.

Two-time NBA MVP Curry has a few shoe options for the series. Throughout the regular season, the guard wore the Curry Two for Golden State, but he debuted the Curry 2.5 near the end of the season and has worn the shoe through much of the first and second playoff rounds.

Stephen Curry Under Armour Curry Two Electric Blue Stephen Curry in the Under Armour Curry Two “Electric Blue.” AP Images
Stephen Curry Under Armour Curry 2.5 Stephen Curry in the Under Armour Curry 2.5. AP Images

Thompson isn’t with the most well-known brand stateside, but he still gets lots of attention domestically for his Anta KT signature shoe. The guard — and “Splash Brother” to Curry — has frequently worn a blue, yellow and white iteration of the shoe throughout the playoffs.

Klay Thompson Anta KT Klay Thompson in the Anta KT. AP Images

While fans wait to see Durant in his Nike KD9, which the brand unveiled in March, they get to see him on the court in the KD8 and the latest iteration of the shoe, the KD8 Elite. The Elite edition features a calf-length compression sock, full-length visible Zoom Air cushioning and Flywire technology with Kevlar aramid fiber.

Kevin Durant Nike KD8 Kevin Durant in the Nike KD8. AP Images
Kevin Durant Nike KD8 Elite Kevin Durant in the Nike KD8 Elite. AP Images

Although Westbrook has a signature shoe with Jordan Brand, the Westbrook 0, his on-court shoe is the latest Michael Jordan signature shoe, the Air Jordan XXX. The explosive guard wears colorways on the court that are as flamboyant as his personal style off the court, including iterations dominated by bright orange hues.

Russell Westbrook Air Jordan XXX Russell Westbrook in the Air Jordan XXX. AP Images

But the stars with signature shoes won’t be the only players hitting the hardwood with heat on their feet. Steven Adams of Oklahoma City plays in the Adidas D Rose 773, and both Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston of Golden State opt for Nike, wearing the Zoom HyperRev 2016 and Hyperdunk 2014, respectively. Livingston has also worn other Nike silhouettes throughout the season, including the Kyrie 2. Also in Adidas is Harrison Barnes of Golden State, who wears the Crazyquick 3.

Steven Adams Adidas D Rose 773 Steven Adams in the Adidas D Rose 773. AP Images
Draymond Green Nike Zoom HyperRev 2016 Draymond Green in the Nike Zoom HyperRev 2016. AP Images
Harrison Barnes Adidas Crazyquick 3 Harrison Barnes in the Adidas Crazyquick 3. AP Images
Shaun Livingston Nike Kyrie 2 Shaun Livingston in the Nike Kyrie 2. AP Images

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