The Oklahoma City Thunder have spent most of the season making the trivial look grueling.
A team comprised of three stars has alternated between dominant and dull all season in standing toe-to-toe with the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors but also sinking to the level of the Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings.
In true Thunder fashion, clinching the franchise’s eighth playoff berth since 2008 on Monday night came with requisite drama. Sewing up a playoff spot required OKC to battle back from an 18-point first-quarter deficit against the Miami Heat. It was par for the course for a Thunder squad that stumbled to an 8-12 start then spent the rest of the season playing catch up.