I’m kinda sorta starting to believe in this Oklahoma City Thunder team. A couple of weeks ago I would have said that the San Antonio Spurs were going to just walk over any team that got in their way, all the way to the NBA Finals where they’d just walk all over whoever was unfortunate enough to be there to greet them. But now I’m beginning to have some doubts. The way Oklahoma City has been playing it’s obvious to anyone that this is a team that can win the Western Conference. It won’t be easy but it’s doable.
Oklahoma City took the initiative last night and shut down the Spurs through most of three quarters. When San Antonio began to whittle away at the lead, Kevin Durant turned up the intensity and banged out 18 points in a crucial spurt that sealed the deal and evened this series up at 2-2. So, right now the only edge the San Antonio Spurs have is the homecourt advantage, which is big, huge in fact, but not insurmountable.
Does a 109-103 win at home make the Thunder favorites in the Western Conference. No. But only because this series is so evenly matched that there can be no favorite. there’s only the team that can find the extra edge, or get the extra break, that makes them champions. We’ll find out which team that is over the course of the next few games but that’s what makes this thing interesting.