Can the Oklahoma City Thunder Win a Championship in 2013?

By Mike Atkinson
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the most dominant teams in the Western Conference for the past few seasons, but haven’t been able to snatch a championship win.

Currently, at 42-16, the Thunder owns the number two spot in the Western Conference behind the San Antonio Spurs.

Does the Thunder have a championship run in it in 2013?

Well, to analyze this question, one would have to assume there is a deeper question hidden within. That question is whether or not the Thunder can knock off the Miami Heat, who have apparently forgotten how to lose and look to be guaranteed participants in the championship game.

History from the 2013 regular season would say the answer to that question is no. The Heat and Thunder have played twice this season and the Heat have won both matchups.

Obviously the Heat is playing its best basketball it has played in quite a while, maybe even since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade.

In order for the Thunder to win a championship this season, they will need to play much better than they have of late. I think the Thunder could handle the Spurs, or anyone else out of the Western Conference.

I do not think the Thunder will be able to beat the Heat in a seven game championship series in the playoffs.

I’ve wrote recently that the Thunder had issues to take care of before this will happen, but the main issue may be the loss of James Harden. The Thunder need to play the best basketball they have ever played in order to win a championship in 2013.

I just don’t see it happening with the roster OKC has at the moment. The Heat are too strong of a team for anyone to beat in a series right now.

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