I think we can start talking about this stuff now, right? John Hollinger says we’re pretty much a lock.
But seeing as I’ve never had an NBA team that I actively root for in the postseason, I don’t really know exactly what it’s like. But I’ve heard things. It’s about poise. It’s about quality coaching. It’s about matchups. And often times, that last thing is really all that matters. How do you match up with your opponent?
And right now, while I’m going to be thrilled just to be rooting in late April for something other than ping-pong balls, I’d kind of like to see Oklahoma City perform well in the playoffs. A month ago, I thought it would be neat just to get there as the eight-seed and get swept by the Lakers. I would have been fine with that. Now? I’m looking at a top five seed and the potential to get out of the first round and do realistic damage. This team is good enough. The pieces are there. But so much comes down to the matchups.
So who does Oklahoma City have a favorable draw against? Who does the Thunder match up well with? We are starting to get a pretty clear picture of the Western Conference playoff situation and OKC’s got 19 games left in the season to either improve or hurt its current seed. So who do we want to see? I’ve devised a crude little formula to try and figure exactly that out. Keep Reading…