Posted by thethreelions on 22nd June 2012
A day after the NBA Finals Seattle can finally be happy that the Thunder aren’t theirs. While this series brought together two of the leagues most exciting teams, Lebron and the Heat made no mistake in quieting down the young guns, and the rest of the band wagon jumping fans of the Thunder (not that the Heat fans are much better). But today begins the first day of thinking towards the next season. While the Thunder are boasting a roaster that will surely make a run towards the title not only next year, but for years to come, they are still left to wonder where are the explosive power that we saw against teams like the Lakers and Spurs went? OKC made getting to the NBA finals look like reading a picture book, but after the first game win at home, seemed to just implode. While some of their stars were able to produce high numbers, the big three (Durant, Westbrook, and Harden) all seemed to be on different pages. For a team that showed that experience in big playoff games wasn’t necessary, they came up well beyond short in attempts to bring OKC a trophy. This off season, everyone including Lebron, should be worried about next year, because for the first time in his short career, Kevin Durant as something to motivate him and push him to that next level. Before this playoff, Durant really hasn’t had that feeling of loss to push his game, much like Lebron has had for the last 9 years or so. But now that he has been on that center carpet, only to have the Heat take the trophy away like it had a “free” sign next to it, people need to expect and elevation in Durant’s game for next season. Which is especially worrisome seeing as he has been the leagues leading scorer for three straight seasons, but scoring wins games in the regular season, while passion wins games in the post season. Durant has shown in the past how well he is at rising to the occasion, and after a poor performance in this years NBA Finals, is sure to spend this off season getting his game to all new heights.