The Spurs (40-1) and Warriors (39-2) combined to lose just three home games during the NBA’s regular season. The Thunder is 3-0 at San Antonio and Golden State in the last two weeks in the playoffs.
I’d say it’s time to take Oklahoma City seriously as a championship contender. Sure, they can be sloppy and maddening at times. They’re too reliant offensively on their superstars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook
But by ousting the Spurs in six and taking a 1-0 lead in the conference finals against the Warriors, OKC showed it’s a deep, resilient and well-coached team, one that will be hard to beat in a seven-game series.
Billy Donovan has done a fine job in his first season as an NBA head man. His decision to play centers Enes Kanter and Stephen Adams together was a big factor in the Thunder’s comeback in Game One against the Warriors – who turned around last year’s Finals by going small against the Cavs.
Donovan has OKC playing unusually stout defense. The Warriors should still prevail. They’ve been down in series before and, yes, they have Steph Curry. But the Thunder will not go quietly, no matter where the game is played.