Since the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched a playoff berth a couple days ago against the falling Mavericks, we can finally exhale and think about the post-season.
A lot of people do not think the Thunder will get very far in the playoffs because of the inexperience of their roster. However, I think their youth will actually help them in the post season.
The Thunder will gain a lot of respect in the playoffs and surprise a lot of people around the league.
Even though Oklahoma City has beat every team besides Cleveland this year, people still don't want to admit they could actually get pretty far and cause some damage come late April.
Here are five reasons why they will at least get past the first round come playoff time.
There have been countless articles this year about how close the Thunder chemistry-wise. And they're not lying.
James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor, Jeff Green and Kevin Durant are all extremely close and are admitted best friends. They hang out on and off the court and are always with each other during their down time.
It has helped the team out tremendously by not letting anyone getting an 'individual' attitude and keeping everyone focused on what their unified goal is.
Call me crazy, but I actually think the youth of the Oklahoma City Thunder will actually HELP the team out in the playoffs.
If they play somebody like the Lakers, they will most benefit if the Thunder can take the series into six or seven games. Why? Because they won't get tired as quickly as a veteran skilled squad would like the Lakers or the Spurs.
The Thunder could use their youth to their advantage by running up and down the court trying to slow down the opposing team and causing them to be fatigued.
Sure, their youth could backfire by buckling in the heat of the pressure, but it's not like they're having to play a different sport like golf or something. It's still basketball.
Surprise! The Thunder's playoff success will ultimately depend on how KD performs. If he does well, the team will do well.
Russell Westbrook and Durant feed off each other during the game and don't do as well when the other struggles. They're the best duo now in the game and both could carry the team to the conference finals. Yes, I said it.
Durant is a monster scorer, everyone knows that. But what makes him an elite player this year is his ability to move without the ball and his dramatic increase in his defensive performance.
The better the Durantula does, the better the Thunder does.
Scott Brooks is easily the Coach of the Year for this season and deservedly so.
His turnaround of the team this season is unbelievable. It is all because of his intense defensive mindset that has benefited from the Thunder's youth and speed.
Plus, I would definitely say he's in the top five as far as best coaches in game. He manages games extremely well and is excellent at creating plays during timeouts.
Coach Brooks will keep the team focused in the post season and make sure they don't think too much... hopefully.
That's right. The fans will be absolutely insane during the playoffs.
Oklahoma City has never been apart of a playoff game and will make sure they are remembered by the other team. The fans will be loud enough for the players to feed off.
And if any player on the opposing team makes a mistake the fans will make sure he knows it.
If i was having to play Oklahoma City in the first round, I definitely wouldn't want to play in the Ford Center.