After coming off their longest, most emotionally draining win of the season, the Thunder look poised to take control of their second round match-up as momentum heads back to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
This will obviously be the biggest game of the season, but it will also be the biggest game in many of the Thunder players' young careers. Scott Brooks and his players will be focused on finishing out the playoffs strong, which is something that 25 other teams can't currently say.
For those other 25 teams, it's time to think about the off-season, player contracts, and the NBA Draft, set for June 23, a little over a month away.
There is no way that Scott Brooks can be thinking about the draft, but I can guarantee that Thunder GM Sam Presti is. With only one pick in the draft—which is in the late first round—Presti doesn't have much room for error.
Of course, with only one upcoming free-agent on the Thunder roster (Nazr Mohammed, who I'm sure they'll try to re-sign), Presti very well may trade away his only pick for future picks, cap space, or may even be disinterested due to the lack of depth among potential NBA players in this draft.
Whatever the case, with the 24th pick, I'm convinced that somebody is going to be available that can help out the Thunder. So, if you're reading this Mr. Presti, here are some quality guys to go after.
You can thank me later.