Game 1 between the Thunder and Lakers is finally upon us. There are a number of compelling story lines that will manifest over the next few days that will help determine how the Thunder continue to grow in playoff situations. The most intriguing facet to me is of course the over/under on how many times we get to see the Kobe Bryant under-bite.
In 2010, Metta World Peace (erstwhile Ron Artest) gave Kevin Durant a playoff lesson for the ages. It is time to learn whether Durant has heeded those lessons.
Smith offers up his series preview, noting that the Lakers' margin for error is much smaller than it was against Denver.
Per Nazr Mohammed's Twitter feed, here is a great pic of how the team watched the Lakers beat the Nuggets in Game 7. That's great.
Pelton thinks that a lot will have to go wrong for the Thunder in order for them to lose to the Lakers.
For all the attention that the All-Stars receive in this series, it may be OKC's bench that really provides the difference.
Last season the veteran Mavericks beat the veteran Lakers by playing a better and smarter brand of basketball. This time around, the Thunder are looking to supplant the Lakers entirely.
Far be it from me to engage in class and geographic warfare, but...
Novel idea, but I don't think the execution is possible.
Last week, Grantland's Brian Phillips wrote a letter to Sonics fans, trying to build a level of understanding between his OKC ties and the team's ties to the past. Here is Beckley Mason's response.
This is a great observation about the effectiveness of classic post-players in today's NBA. We will see it on display too in this series, as Andrew Bynum will look to control the offensive interior.
During his MVP press conference. And then he flailed about in a game. He hit you in the stomach, dude.
Stephon Marbury now has a statue in China, and the statue was dedicated by Dennis Rodman. How perfect.
Somehow I highly doubt it.
Now that our Weekly McGee has come to an end, we replace it with Boshtime.