I've picked Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference since the beginning of the season. Over the last few days, I'll admit I was getting a little antsy about that pick.
Until last night.
The Thunder reminded me exactly why I love them so much. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are one of the best combos around. As long as they continue to work together and know their roles (Russell Westbrook), they'll go far.
On top of that, I love Kendrick Perkins, although he only had two points last night. With him and Serge Ibaka, they have a strong post presence against anybody.
Then you have guys like Derek Fisher and James Harden who can get it done and make big shots in big games.
At the end of the day, I believe Durant is the best player in the game, and with the game on the line, the ball needs to be in his hands. He showed in Game 1 against Dallas that he can get it done.
I think the Thunder have all the right pieces in place to get to the finals this year and just maybe win the whole thing.
Dallas is a solid veteran team, and yet, the Thunder have taken total control of this series. It appears they are headed for a showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers. That will be a great series, but I still think Durant and Co. will come out on top.
Scott Brooks has done a great job with this team. He doesn't get the credit he deserves for how far this young team has come the last few years in such a small market area.
If the Thunder can get to the finals or win it all, that will change.