Oklahoma City Thunder
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.
The playoffs are only about two weeks away, and there has been some serious power-shifting going on in the NBA. Let’s take a look at some of the trends and other quirky stories as we head into the playoffs.
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Nets, 84-74 at the Prudential Center on Saturday night.
The Thunder defeated the Carmelo Anthony-less Knicks 104-92. Oklahoma City led by 23 at halftime and pulled their stars in the third quarter.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson is facing a possible fine after a police officer says he caught him urinating in public in White Plains.
Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman very well might have doomed the Bulls to bridesmaid status to the Heat for the foreseeable future, and it all comes back to his work in the offseason.