After losing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder have bounced back to take a 3-2 lead over the San Antonio Spurs following a critical 108-103 win in Game 5. Now, the question that every NBA fan wants to know–is it time to count the Spurs out?
With one of the youngest lineups in the NBA, the Thunder look to be impossible to contain at this point and seem ready to close this series out in Game 6. Not only has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played at their usual high level, but other players such as James Harden and Serge Ibaka have stepped it up over the last three games to put Oklahoma City on the verge of reaching their first NBA Finals in franchise history.
One week ago, the Spurs were coming off their 20th-straight win dating back to the regular season, holding a comfortable 2-0 lead over the Thunder, and appeared to be heading towards their fifth trip to the NBA Finals during the Tim Duncan era. Instead, San Antonio will head back to Oklahoma City fighting to keep their season alive against one of the toughest atmospheres the NBA has to offer.
Call me crazy, but this Thunder squad seems like they were destined to reach the Finals this season after falling just short in 2011. In fact, if they do manage to win Game 6 and eventually the NBA Finals, Oklahoma City may have the chance to do something similar to San Antonio from a few years ago by starting a dynasty.
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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