Photo courtesy of caller.com. Kevin Durant (pictured left) and LeBron James (pictured right) shared a heartfelt moment following the final buzzer of Game 5 on Thursday night.
By Josh Kramer
Winning with dignity is sometimes a difficult chore. But losing with class is far more difficult. When ones gives 110%, putting their whole heart and soul into accomplishing a goal and then comes up short, facing the music can be tough. OKC faced the music with flying colors. Patience is a virtue. You can count on OKC making more finals appearances over the next five years with this young and talented group. That is not the topic at hand today though.
Kevin Durant led by example demonstrating class throughout the course of this very difficult five-game series. At the end of Game 2, he was clearly fouled when attempting a game-tying shot. Durant did not flinch when dealing with post game questions. Durant simply said, “I missed the shot, man.” On Thursday evening, Mike Miller provided the icing on LeBron’s triple-double cake finally helping the King claim his ring.
Towards the end of the game, Scott Brooks made a very heartfelt speech to his team. Brooks said, “We’re going to treat them like they’re the champions. After the game we are going to walk and shake their hands and acknowledge all of them. They beat us fair and square. However hard that hurts, they still beat us fair and square.”
Brooks’ team fully complied with his message and a very heartfelt embrace between James and Durant was seen by millions of people across the country. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Manu Ginobli (pictured above) stole the show in Game 1. Will OKC slow down the streaking Spurs tonight?
By Josh Kramer
Continue to doubt the Spurs. I know that I have. 19 victories in a row is no fluke. Not to mention that nine of them have occurred during playoff basketball. Through three quarters on Sunday night, it looked as if the Thunder were on their way to making a major statement, and negating San Antonio’s home-court advantage. Instead, San Antonio came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth court, denying OKC a major opportunity. Sunday was as prime example of why no game is every over until the final horn sounds. Now history is against the Thunder who lost in the conference finals last year as well.
First of all, winners of Game 1 in the conference finals have gone on to win the series 80% of the time. Secondly, San Antonio became the fourth team in NBA history to start the playoffs with nine straight victories. All of the previous three advanced to the NBA finals with two taking home the championship. Thirdly, the Thunder outplayed the Spurs for well over three/fourths of the game and still lost. Scott Brooks has to be scratching his head still as to what happened late Sunday night.
Manu Ginobli was the difference maker as he has been for the better part of a decade now. How many players can come off the bench and influence a playoff basketball game the way he can? Not many, though James Harden, OKC’s bench star, can really play. Also, OKC has to find a way to get some point production out of their bigs. The Spurs cleaned up in the paint, outscoring the Thunder 50 to 26.
Despite all of my rambling, I still like the Thunder to take this series in the end. There is something about this young and exciting group out of OKC that has really caught my eye. The “Big Three” of Durant, Westbrook, and Harden will not be denied two years in a row. They are far too good and determined to let that happen. Look for an inspired effort tonight from Russell Westbrook after a less than stellar Game 1 performance. The majority of the country wants a Thunder versus Heat finals matchup. With a victory tonight, the Thunder will really increase the likelihood of this dream matchup coming to fruition. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Kevin Durant (pictured above) took over Rucker Park this past summer. Now I expect him to take over the Western Conference and bring home the MVP.
By Josh Kramer
Welcome to “Lob City.” Though it seemed highly improbable just a little over a month ago, we are going to have an NBA season after all. Granted we will be off to the races with 66 games per team in the next 123 days (nearly a game every other day). I think most of you remember what the 1999 season was like, resulting in a Cinderella run by the 8th seeded New York Knicks all the way to the NBA finals. But hey, as the great Andy Roddick would say, “If sports were predictable, they would be like watching a DVD.” Just a hunch that this shortened year will be anything but predictable.
-What effect will the infamous “Stern-Veto” have on the overall scope of the League, especially out in LA?
-Will a 66-game season lead to a crazier postseason than we had in 1999?
-Will LeBron finally capture a ring in year two of the “MonStars” experiment?
-Can the Dallas Mavericks repeat despite the loss of their bruiser inside, Tyson Chandler?
-How will the Celtics do in what is likely the last season of the “Three Musketeers?”
-What young star is ready to take the next step? Derrick Rose or Kevin Durant?
-Will SportsCenter have to invent a new top ten strictly for the Los Angeles Clippers? Continue reading
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