Even though the young and up and coming Thunder faded against the experienced Dallas Mavericks, it should be another stepping stone on their way to a championship.
At least that is what their mind set should be. This is the natural progression for young teams like them, provided that they, and management, learn from this and adjust accordingly.
Do wholesale changes need to be made? No. Could they use another player who can score from the post? Probably.
The Thunder look like they will be perennial playoff participants for quite a while, so they will have to tweak some things and change their approach a little so they can get over the hump.
The experiences of the last two years won't mean anything unless they don't repeat some of the same mistakes. Some of that will be on the coaching staff, and some will be on the players themselves.
This is nothing strange. Many teams that have won NBA championships go through this process. It's called growth and maturation. Oklahoma City needs it. The coaches need it. The players need it.
You know what the old adage says. If you don't learn from your mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them. Let's take a look in more detail.