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OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks wants Western Conference's top seed

The Thunder coach isn’t hiding his feelings. He wants the conference’s No. 1 seed, which comes with homecourt advantage throughout the West playoffs. But Oklahoma City will need to take care of business — and hope San Antonio cools off.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 31, 2014
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photo -  Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9), Derek Fisher (6), Caron Butler (2) and Kevin Durant (35) walk to the bench area for a third-quarter timeout called by coach Scott Brooks, middle, during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Dallas won, 109-86. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9), Derek Fisher (6), Caron Butler (2) and Kevin Durant (35) walk to the bench area for a third-quarter timeout called by coach Scott Brooks, middle, during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Dallas won, 109-86. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

If the Spurs cool off.

“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.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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