2012 NBA Playoffs: Why Oklahoma City Will Beat the Spurs En Route to the Finals

May 22nd, 2012 by Baily Deeter Leave a reply »

San Antonio has won 18 straight games and seemed to take down their first two opponents rather easily.

Tony Parker was an MVP candidate, and he, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, Kawhi Leonard and many other Spurs have led this team to the Western Conference Finals, where they seek a fifth championship.

Only Oklahoma City and the Eastern Conference champion stands in their way.

However, while San Antonio is eying the glamorous trophy annually awarded to the NBA champion, they first need to beat Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the dangerous Thunder.

The past two NBA champions stood in the way of the Thunder, but Durant and co. shoved them out of the way with clutch play and big-time scoring. The Thunder currently have an 8-1 playoff record, and they've won four of those games by three or less (and three by 16 or more).

Westbrook and Durant dominated the Lakers and the Mavs, with Durant making three game-winning shots and Westbrook averaging 25.6 PPG for the series. Despite rolling his ankle in Game 4 (against LA), Westbrook scored 37 points and rallied OKC from down 13 in the fourth quarter.

In Game 5, with th ...

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