The 2011-2012 Season is in the books and just like 28 other teams, Thunder fans must close the chapter feeling sadness and disappointment. Those who watched all 5 games of these Finals will know that each of the first four games were taut affairs that turned on but a few plays, but when all was said and done, a 4-1 loss is a 4-1 loss. You may not want to read many of today's links because of this reality.
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Yeah, this isn't good. The implications of the Thunder revealing this injury to Kendrick Perkins are pretty profound.
Kevin Durant and his gang of young men came a long ways this season, but these Finals showed just how much farther they still have to go in order to rise to the challenge. He'll be back.
Lowe runs down a short list of things OKC must address in the off-season. There aren't many, but what is there can have drastic ripple effects, specifically if the front office decides Scott Brooks isn't their long-term solution.
The Thunder are primed for another run, but there are many questions internally that must be addressed.
If you hung in until the end, you saw it - the three most important players for the Thunder - Durant, Westbrook, and Harden, taking it all in as their team was ground out by the Heat.
"He's going to use this experience like I used it, as motivation...Hopefully I don't continue to have to run into him. Because he is that great." - LeBron James on Kevin Durant
Kirk Goldsberry is the new shining star on the landscape of advanced metrics and giving us awesome visuals to help us understand why things are the way they are. A year from now, I'd really like for this to be the change in Kevin Durant's shot distribution.
The Thunder are the only franchise that can get appreciably better next year without doing a single thing.
Mahoney writes that Chris Bosh is the second-most maligned NBA champion today.
Mike Miller played the game of his life in Game 5, and he did it barely able to run. Nobody saw this one coming.
How would you feel about a little schadenfreude to cool off the wounds from last night? Not only does Mavericks owner Mark Cuban step up for all mankind, but his evisceration of Skip & the gang positively sent Bayless into a Twitter tailspin.
I don't know how much stock we can put into this story, but we know that Scott Brooks refused the Thunder's 3 year $11 million deal last week, and now names like Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are floating about.
Schiller argues that this title needed to happen for LeBron and the Heat.
There is a good chance that in a year's time we'll be doing all of this over again.
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