The Oklahoma City Thunder handle adversity quite well thank you very much. After trailing by 18 to the Spurs, OKC came storming back in the second half and advanced to the NBA finals. Durant, again, was the star of the show and got help from his nifty sidekick, Russell Westbrook. The two combined for 59 of the team’s 107 points.
The Spurs finished the series on a four-game losing streak, their longest since March of 2011. Despite looking like world beaters for much of the playoffs, old age seemed to catch up with them. Something Manu Ginobili readily admitted to in the post game. “We can’t have their legs, their energy. We are never going to jump as high or run as fast,” Ginobili said.
You have to wonder where the Spurs go from here. They’re in desperate need of a youth injection but are limited because of the contracts of the Big Three. A tweak here and there may get them to the Western Conference Finals again, but beating the Thunder may prove to be daunting.
Speaking of the Thunder, they’ll be favored in the Finals regardless of their Eastern Conference foe. The uncanny ability to score and score in bunches combined with their own version of the Big Three (Durant, Westbrook, Harden) will be too much for the Heat or Celtics to handle.
Personally, I’m pulling for the Thunder-Heat match-up, if only to see the MVP runner-up (Durant) dominate his less clutch counterpart (LeBron).