Will OKC Thunder's Youth and Immaturity Cost Them the 2012 Title?

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The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't completely green, but under lights this bright, they're admittedly a bit inexperienced.

The league's most dynamic young team is competing in the NBA Finals for the first time, and although that fact has a tendency to be overplayed in the OKC narrative, it's a factor that can't exactly be ignored.

Sporting outcomes are ultimately pretty empirical, and when a team has no historical foundation of competing in certain scenarios, it can be difficult to predict how they might respond to particular challenges.

We know that the Thunder are a fantastic team. But to what extent has their lack of experience—or, what some would classify as their immaturity—played a role in the outcome of this series to date?

Is some lack of maturity really to blame for the fact that Oklahoma City now finds itself one loss away from brutal, gut-wrenching elimination?

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