Oklahoma City Thunder
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LeBron James versus Kevin Durant. It is the story of these NBA finals. One of them will emerge with his first championship and probably the title of best player in the game.
Overall, Las Vegas is putting the Heat’s chances of winning at around 40 percent, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Dave Hyde. For Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Bodog.net has the Thunder as an early 5 point favorite over the Heat.
Oklahoma sports fans previously split their loyalties between OU and OSU, but now the state has become united behind OKC, as the Thunder prepare for the Heat in the NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat are in for a rude awakening when the NBA Finals start Tuesday night.
After a labor related splintered season, the NBA Finals is quite the perfect storm. In a battle of epic meteorological proportions, the Thunder takes on the Heat. But more importantly, this is the matchup that seems to be the one most of the basketball universe wants to see.
The Miami Heat’s season is on the precipice of disaster, the result of which will be significant changes to the roster, coaching staff or both. Now their season depends on winning an elimination game in one of the most hostile buildings in the league.
As NBA teams become more familiar with each other over a course of a series, adjustments must be made. The Heat have not done that.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the brink of the NBA Finals, beating the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 in Game 5 on Monday night and moving within a victory of a series knockout.
Once Kevin Durant got going, the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t find a way to slow him down.
Back in 1999, while Prince was partying, the NBA played a 50 game strike-shortened season that ended with the San Antonio Spurs being crowned champions. That first title for the Spurs began their odd dynasty as they would win the NBA Finals in only odd number years (2003, ‘05, and ’07).
The NBA playoffs serve as a huge reality check for teams, showing them their true weaknesses and where they have to get better if they want to win a title.
The first round of the NBA Playoffs has come to a close for the Western Conference, and the teams vying to make it into the conference finals are ready for battle. Let’s take a look at the Western Conference semifinal matchups to give you insight into who we think will come out on top.
When James Harden, the 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the third overall pick at the 2009 NBA Draft, he could be considered almost clean shaven in comparison to how he appears now, rocking his celebrated buccaneer beard.
With Tim Duncan playing a supporting role, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have carried the Spurs on this great run. The team’s greatest strength might be its depth with a myriad of journeymen vets and D-Leaguers.