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Memphis or San Antonio: Home-court trumps all when it comes to preference for the Thunder's next foe

by Berry Tramel Published: April 28, 2011
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The Spurs have four NBA titles. The Grizzlies still don't have four post-season wins.

But San Antone-Memphis, which stages Game 6 tonight with the Grizzlies up 3-2, doesn't seem like an upset. What is going on?

We've seen great teams, epic dynasties, fall off the cliff. The 1965 Yankees. The 1968 Packers. The 1970 Celtics.

But not in mid-stream. Not in the middle of a year. Not with a team that won 61 regular-season games, then goes all Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.

The Spurs no longer scare anyone. If Memphis isn't intimidated, Durant, Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins won't be. If Sam Young and Mike Conley can run rings around the Spurs, Serge Ibaka and James Harden can do the same.

But still. Homecourt advantage trumps all.

The Thunder has it against Memphis, doesn't have it against San Antonio.

The Thunder this season is 33-11 at home, 26-17 on the road.

Through six games of a seven-game series, the Thunder would play three times in either Memphis or San Antonio. But Game 7 against the Spurs would be in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 38-6 this season. Game 7 against the Grizzlies would be in OKC; the Grizzlies are 17-27 on the road.

Let's settle down. The revelry of Wednesday night has us all feeling light-headed. But the Thunder should covet home-court advantage, even if it means playing the mighty Grizzlies instead of the struggling Spurs.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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