The Oklahoma City Thunder logged another decisive win in their stretch to the NBA Finals in tonight’s blowout victory against the Sacramento Kings. There was never much debate as to who would emerge victorious — the only real question was by how much. Now with games like these, it’s hard not to see Oklahoma make a deep run into June.
Despite coming off of a disappointing overtime loss against the Dallas Mavericks, the Thunder came out guns blazing in tonight’s game. Oklahoma had Sacramento’s number all night long, shutting them down on offense while scoring baskets with impunity.
A lot of the Thunder’s excellence can be attributed to one man. Kevin Durant has played like a man possessed in recent games, with strong numbers and a decent showing at the boards all but expected by now. Tonight marked Durant’s 37th straight game with 25+ points, leaving him just three games away from tying Michael Jordan‘s record he set in the 1988-89 season. It’s without much doubt that Durant is one of the best players in the league.
The San Antonio Spurs might have the one-seed in the Western Conference right now, but don’t let that fool you. With all due respect to Greg Popovich and his squad, the Thunder have shown that they will be returning to the Finals this season. While there are questions as to who is going to win the Eastern Conference finals, the West has pretty much been decided.
The Thunder are a unique team in the NBA. While certain teams specialize in certain areas of the game, Oklahoma is blessed with proficient talent on both sides of the court. Prospective finals-bound teams on the East need to prepare their game strategy against the Thunder right now if they want to put up a decent fight.