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Thunder is a near unanimous pick to return to NBA Finals in a survey of NBA TV analysts

Analysts discuss the Thunder's biggest obstacle to returning to NBA Finals
by Mel Bracht Published: April 22, 2013

/articleid/3795538/1/pictures/2023945">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) celebrates during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) celebrates during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Scott: (Russell) Westbrook, this is your opportunity if you want to take that next step and be considered a top-notch point guard in our league. When they mention Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or when Derrick Rose is healthy, you want your name mentioned there, this is your opportunity along with Kevin Durant, too. We know LeBron (James) is probably going to get MVP this year of the league, but Durant has a triple-double and playing that style of being all-around and not just a scorer. Both of those guys get their chance to prove how good they really are.

Kerr: I would say the biggest obstacle is going to be San Antonio in the West, assuming the Spurs get healthy and clicking. I would agree with what Kenny said: There is no way that Oklahoma City gets past the Spurs last year without Harden. And so that trade will be interesting. Kevin Martin has had a really good year, but he is a different kind of player.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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