“Oh man, it's going to be tough,” Durant said. “We're looking forward to the challenge.”
Truth is, the Thunder is good enough to win the West. Since Perkins arrived and changed the makeup and mentality of this team, the Thunder has played as well as any team.
San Antone. LA. Dallas. Denver, none are easy outs. But likewise, neither is the Thunder.
“The sky's the limit with our team,” said Thunder guard Royal Ivey.
In fact, any team that draws the Boomers this post-season prays that the Thunder's only weakness kicks in.
Inexperience. The Thunder is a bunch of 20somethings who haven't been together long and haven't done anything together in the postseason.
All this Thundermania is over a group that hasn't won a playoff series. Hasn't so much as won a playoff road game. Hasn't even played a closeout game, a game that insiders say is the toughest kind of NBA game to win, when you can secure a series but you know you are about to get the absolute best shot from a formidable foe.
An NBA truth is that inexperienced teams don't win and that even experienced teams don't win big in the West if they're not the Lakers or Spurs.
Some in Boomtown say this is all a process. Say the Thunder has to pay its dues.
But Feudal Europe eventually caved. Customs died and walls fell, because of revolution.
The NBA could use some new blood on its grandest stage. It could use an Oklahoma City or a Portland or a Denver crashing its biggest party.
No NBA team is better constructed than the Thunder for desperately-needed revolution.
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