NBA

Thunder rolling into Game 2

Thunder rolling into Game 2

Golden State won 73 games in the regular season. Best in NBA history. San Antonio put 67 in the win column. Best in franchise history.

Impressive, monumental regular seasons by both.

So, it was a forgone conclusion, right? The Warriors and Spurs would decide the West.

Except that everybody forget to tell Oklahoma City.

Despite being two of the league’s biggest stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook weren’t getting much respect. The Thunder’s dynamic duo was basically a sideshow before the expected main event between San Antonio and Golden State.

Then, the Thunder did something totally unexpected. OKC knocked out the Spurs in six games. Billy Donovan bested Gregg Popovich.

And now, Oklahoma City has already won a game on Golden State’s home floor and leads the Western Conference finals, 1-0.

OKC now owns a three game road playoff winning streak against two teams that lost all of THREE home games between them ALL season.

Wow! And how!

As in, “How has this team done it?”

*First all of all, OKC is pretty damn good, too.

*Durant and Westbrook are great competitors. They don’t go down without a fight.

*The bench, a major issue for much of the season, has shortened to three players.

*Enes Kanter, Dion Waiters and Randy Foye have all played well off the bench.

*Defensive effort and awareness have improved.

*Turnovers have been cut down

*Steven Adams has become a force.

*Donovan has gotten better later in the season.

*OKC has received some breaks.

It’s been a productive postseason so far for the Thunder, with the exception of Game 2 vs Dallas and Game 1 vs the Spurs.

I’m not sure OKC’s improved play is still good enough to get by Golden State in a seven game series.

It’s going to take even better play to take out the historically good, defending NBA champs.

It’ll be fun to see how it all plays out, but at least Oklahoma City is seriously in the conversation now, where it should’ve been all along.

More in NBA

img_4312

Oklahoma City Mid-season Report Card

Erik GeeFebruary 17, 2017
16knickssub-superjumbo

Russell Westbrook Dominates the Knicks, Grabs 27th Triple-Double

Matt RavisFebruary 16, 2017
meloll

Carmelo Anthony on facing Westbrook and All-Star Selection

Aaron DavisFebruary 16, 2017
Nov 20, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson (21) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Franchise Thunder Liveblog: Thunder vs. Knicks

The FranchiseFebruary 15, 2017
img_3225

Billy Donovan: Pregame Press Conference: Thunder VS. Knicks: Raw Audio

Erik GeeFebruary 15, 2017