OKC Thunder (8-1, 3-1 road) vs. San Antonio Spurs (8-0, home)
Series tied 0-0
View from the enemy: 48 Minutes of Hell
SAN ANTONIO — This trip just feels different. Last season’s journey to the Western Conference Finals had a significant happy-to-be-here feeling to it. Or really more like a oh-holy-crap-can-you-believe-this feeling. This time around, there’s no shock. No surprise. No pausing to try and soak it in. This is now about business, about four wins and advancing on toward the ultimate prize.
I’m not really a believer in fate or basketball gods, but I do think about storylines. Sometimes, it seems like the setup is just too perfect. You could have old (Spurs) vs. old (Celtics) in the lockout condensed season where old was supposed to fail. You could have LeBron vs. KD. You could have Perk vs. his old team. Or you could have the old school (Spurs) vs. the empire builders (Heat). Which one sounds best? Which one sounds like it’s been written in the stars? These are the things I think about when I have a week to stew over a series. I can’t be the only one.
But enough of that crap. You can talk about goals, motivations and whatever else ad nauseam. It’s time to play. The Thunder appear more ready for this moment than ever. Whether they’re good enough is the question.
Tip at 7:30 CT. Go Thunder Go.