Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 Reasons They Won't Return to NBA Finals Next Season

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Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 Reasons They Won't Return to NBA Finals Next Season
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Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder endured a tough five-game series loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Making a return trip to the finals will certainly be difficult.

The Thunder will have to overcome news media scrutiny, possible departures via trades—free agency or otherwise—and personal and team struggles through the offseason and 2012-13 season.

Indeed, this is a remarkably talented Thunder team. Russell Westbrook, Durant and James Harden are three of the top 15 players in the NBA. They have three solid defenders in the starting lineup in Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha.

However, history suggests that the Thunder won't be able to make it back to the NBA Finals next year. Only four teams in the last 24 years have made it back after losing in the NBA Finals.

More than just history is weighing against the Thunder. Following is a list of reasons why the Thunder won't make it back to the finals.

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