Gunfight at the OKC Corral
Well I guess I better start by explaining where I have been the last couple of weeks because I am sure that the residents of a certain city out west have been very anxious to ridicule me. For those individuals that are interested, I have been in seclusion recovering from a severe case of “foot in the mouth”.
As you all are well aware, I predicted without stuttering the imminent demise of the Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series against the four time NBA Champion Spurs from San Antonio. The rationale behind my assumption was that the experience and veteran savvy of the San Antonio Spurs would more than compensate for their lack of youth. I was greatly mistaken and have been eating crow ever since. Crow is not very tasteful I might add. Can you imagine nibbling on a morsel or two of it? Trust me! There is nothing delectable about it whatsoever.
As I wallow away in my state of “humble Pie”, I am compelled to publicly state that I now capitulate. The Oklahoma City Thunder is not just a bunch of upstart kids from out west but are legitimate contenders for the crown of NBA champions. I was quite wrong and whole heartedly apologize for my impertinence concerning them. I won’t make that mistake again.
After humiliating the San Antonio Spurs by winning four straight games in their best of seven Conference Championship Series, the Oklahoma City Thunder made a gargantuan statement as to their hardwood prowess last night by humbling a very average looking Miami Heat team by the score of 105 – 94. By the way, this is the same Miami team that had been anointed by most as the next NBA dynasty.
Perhaps the Oklahoma City Thunder is in fact that next NBA dynasty. They have what appears to be a REAL superstar in Kevin Durant who at the tender age of 23 seems to have more ice in his veins than Dwayne “Mr. Invisible” Wade and Lebron “The Man Who Would Be King” James combined. In addition, Kevin “The Oklahoma City Hit Man” Durant has a supporting cast of teammates that are not too shabby in their own right such as Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha and the veteran Derrick Fisher just to name a few. Ironically, the Oklahoma City Thunder is already an NBA championship caliber team despite the fact that they average a pubescent 23 years of age. They can only get better with time and should be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come barring injury.
After falling behind on their home court to the Miami Heat in the first half and staring a 13 point deficit in the face due mainly to the 3 point sharp shooting of the Miami Heat’s Shane Battier, the Oklahoma City Thunder refused to succumb to the Miami Heat’s dynastic hype and seized complete command of the game in the 3rd quarter led by the amazing Kevin Durant’s 36 points and his partner in crime Russell Westbrook’s 27 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.
Cheered on by what is arguably the loudest crowd in the entire NBA, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday at the OK Corral as they proceeded to gun down the Miami Heat outscoring the entire Miami Heat team by themselves 41 – 40 in the second half. In the meantime, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade who scored 30 and 19 points respectively once again faded when it counted in the fourth quarter putting to question once again the “all time great” label that has curiously been attached to their incomplete at best NBA resumes.
Without a complete turnaround by the Miami Heat going forward, specifically the errant shooting of Dwayne Wade who shot an anemic 37 percent from the field, a vastly improved 4th quarter effort by Lebron James who scored only one basket in approximately the last 8 minutes of the game and a reemergence of Chris Bosch’s playoff relevance, the Oklahoma City Thunder just may make Miami’s “Dream Team” just that: A Dream.
Dean Nazaru McCray
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