Why Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Are Renewing Interest in the NBA

March 31st, 2010 by Barking Carnival Leave a reply »

The Thunder are thundering down the stretch, having just dispatched the execrable 76ers in Philly by 19. My favorite atmospheric disturbance is now 45-28, playoff locked and roster loaded, and firmly in the mix to plant anywhere from a No. 3 to a No. 8 seed in the competitive, fertile West. I just combined phrases evoking meteorology, gunnery, and agriculture, all in the same sentence. Such is the diversity of Kevin Durant, and my own inability to properly use language. Let us continue, like a typhoon of blooming howitzers…

The West is so tightly bunched that the current No. 8 seed San Antonio Spurs are only 4.5 games behind No. 2 seed Dallas. Madness. For comparative purposes, the East has a 15.5-game gap between their No. 2 and No. 8.

The Thunder’s last nine games will be crucial for playoff jockeying:

@ Boston
@ Dallas
@ Utah
@ Golden St.
@ Portland

A 5-4 finish means the Oklahoma City Thunder—the NBA’s version of Professor Xavier’s School For Gifted Young Mutants—are 50-game winners.

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