We are potentially one game away from the NBA Finals. At most we are two games away, and the NBA has already announced that the Finals will start on Tuesday, June 12th. So we have less than a week to prepare. Let’s get to it.
Oklahoma City Thunder 107, San Antonio Spurs 99: Thunder win series 4-2
And, just like that, we have our first entrant in the Finals. Remember when the Spurs won game two, their 20th win in a row, and we just assumed they were headed for a championship? I was as guilty of it as anyone, but it turns out that two games does not a series make.
I’m still kind of stunned, really. The Spurs just kind of careened off a cliff after game two. The Thunder certainly made adjustments, but I still can’t explain how the Spurs just couldn’t get it done. Then again, when you can’t stop Kevin Durant at all…well, let’s just say you’re going to have problems. Throw in the complete lack of production from any Spurs role player not named Stephen Jackson, and…yeah.
This game six was pretty much a microcosm of the series as a whole. The Spurs use incredible ball movement to free up shooters to knock down shots, taking a big early lead. Then the Thunder make the necessary adjustments and bludgeon them to death with their length and athleticism. Game, set, match.
Durant and Russell Westbrook had identical 9/17 shooting performances and both finished with 5 assists. Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while Westbrook had 25 and 8. When that happens for OKC, bad things are in store for their opponents. Throw in 16 points for James Harden, 10 for Serge Ibaka and 9 each for Thabo Sefolosha and Derek Fisher, and…yeah.
I don’t really know where to go with this now. See, this was supposed to be the Bulls, on the other side, doing this rise to glory thing. Only…you know…the train got derailed and now we have to settle for living vicariously through the Thunder. Sigh. Anyway, the Thunder are excellent, good luck to the East Champion who has to match up with them.
Thursday, June 7th:
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics Game 6, 7:30 PM, ESPN