“It’s always good to have the best record, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t,” Brooks said. “It doesn’t guarantee nothing other than if there’s a Game 7 it’s in your building. If you had a choice to have a Game 7, you want it in your building. I mean, there’s no question that’s important. But you’re going to have to win on your home floor and you’re going to have to win on the opponent’s floor.”
Of course, the Thunder took down the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals two years ago without homecourt advantage. San Antonio was the top seed during the 2011-12 season and won the first two games before OKC closed the series with four straight wins. The series never saw a Game 7.
On the flip side, the Thunder finished in first place last season but saw its postseason run derailed by Russell Westbrook’s knee injury. San Antonio, the 2-seed, then represented the West in the Finals.
So like Brooks said, the top seed doesn’t guarantee anything.
But you’d rather have it.
And the Thunder still has a chance to get it.
“If it doesn’t happen,” Brooks said, “we still have a great opportunity to play good basketball.”