Well at this point, it would take a nigh historic collapse for the Thunder to fall out of the playoff picture (being 6.5 games up on the 9th seed with 20 games left to go) and since it has been a source of a lot of discussion on the site and around the league as a whole, I figured we could risk a look ahead at the playoffs and have a discussion about how the Thunder might fare once they get there.
I know, I know, I’m just begging for a jinx and said historic collapse. But you know what, I’m pretty sure KD and the rest of the guys are not pouring over everything I write so I’ll just go on record as saying, “I think it won’t affect their play the rest of the season.”
Although many, many things contribute to a team’s success during the regular season and also into the postseason, I’ve noticed five factors that almost always play a heavy role on whether a team has a legitimate chance to advance from round to round in a seven game series. Obviously this is not scientific so if you disagree with the inclusion of one (or all) of these factors, well, okay. I’m sure there are about ten to twenty factors that could be listed but for the sake of time…and megabytes, I’m sticking with five.
That is to say though, I’d absolutely love for everyone to share their ideas and thoughts about what helps/hurts teams in the playoffs and if you think I’ve incorrectly labeled the Thunder as having one of these factors, so if you disagree with me or feel I left something out, comment away!
But without further ado, here are the Five Factors of Playoff Basketball. We’ll take a look at the first three today, or as I’ve called them, “The Good News.” Tomorrow, well, that will be another story altogether… Keep Reading…