OKC Thunder: OKC secures home court in any potential Finals matchup

The NBA Finals remain two months and three expectedly grueling series’ away.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 11, 2014

The NBA Finals remain two months and three expectedly grueling series’ away.

But if the Thunder happens to get there, much like back in 2012, the series will start in Oklahoma City.

With Friday’s win over New Orleans, OKC guaranteed itself to have a better record than both the Pacers and Heat, meaning it will have home court in any potential NBA Finals.

With one more win or another Clippers loss, the Thunder will also secure the West’s second seed.

MONTY WILLIAMS COMPARES DURANT TO LEN BIAS

The uniqueness of Kevin Durant’s game has made it hard for anyone to properly place a historical comparison on him.

George Gervin, the lanky and skilled former San Antonio Spurs great, is the guy who gets tossed out most, but even Gervin has shot that down in the past, mentioning differences in their styles.

On Friday, though, Pelicans coach Monty Williams fired out another comparison. And it may be one of the most intriguing.

Speaking before New Orleans’ game in Oklahoma City, Williams said Durant reminds him of Len Bias, the former Maryland star who died two days after being selected second overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

“(Durant)'s a very unique player, reminds me of what Len Bias would have been if he played in the league,” Williams explained. “(At) 6-8, 6-9, can shoot it and run, can dunk and defend, play many positions. I'm just impressed by the way he gets better every year and his passion for the game.”


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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