How far away is a championship?
“They're a couple of years away for that,” said Hall of Fame guard Magic Johnson. “But once you make the playoffs, you're on your way. All you want to do now is take a step at a time.”
Each step is accompanied by a learning experience. The Thunder got its first taste last season against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. And as the current No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, OKC is on pace to get another dose this postseason.
Or will it dish out a dose?
“I don't know why people don't talk about them,” said former NBA guard and current ESPN analyst Jon Barry. “They're tied with the Lakers in the loss column. If they get on a little run, they could conceivably go past the Lakers and get a 3 seed. And if you get home court advantage, who knows what might happen?”