Two years ago, this team won 23 games. Yes, two years ago, this team won 23 games. And now, they face the mighty Dallas Mavericks for the Western Conference Championship. Yes, they face the Dallas Mavericks for the Western Conference Championship.
Some thoughts during the game...
1) OKC will see Memphis again. Especially if the Grizzlies manage to sign Marc Gasol. The Griz are young, talented, mostly classy and hungry for a title of their own. They've got a top-level coach in Lionel Hollins, and some of the mistakes they made in this series they won't make again. It's enough to make me like the NBA. A little.
2) Yeah, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant just can't figure out how to work together, can they?
3) If there was ever a moment I wish David Stern had dictatorial powers over his league, it's now, so he could make Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom spend a season shagging free throws & picking up towels for either Oklahoma City or Memphis. Maybe they could learn something.
4) Dallas ain't gonna be easy. Win or lose, the Thunder will come out of this series with a whole lot of black and blue, and not only in their uniforms.