Kevin Durant somehow made it past this Gilbert Arenas defense to make the NBA Finals. Somehow. Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
Welp, Grizzlies fans, maybe it's a year late, but Memphis fell to the eventual Western Conference champions! Okay, maybe that doesn't quite work, but the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied as effortlessly and self-assuredly as one could expect a team so young to do, dispatching the unstoppable-looking in their own right for the first two games of this series, and the forever-proud, San Antonio Spurs.
The Thunder reached out and took the life right out of the Spurs with relentless attacks and shot-making; they are without question the deserving champions and representatives of the Western Conference in the upcoming Finals. The question is, who will you be rooting for?
Due to the opponents, either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat, the answer could've been easy anyway -- especially if the Heat come back and take that series. But still: Oklahoma City has been, ever since last season's slugfest of a Western Conference Semifinal, one of the Grizzlies' chief conference rivals. Memphis knows first-hand how difficult a team they are to contain for a complete game; that inevitable sense of the floodgates opening and the forthcoming run. When your team is playing them, the Thunder are just no fun at all. Other than that, though, they really, really are a joy to watch play the game of basketball.
So: Will you be Thundering Up for the Finals? Decidedly Un-Thundering Up? Do you fall somewhere in the middle, or are you simply wishing for seven games worth of thrills (me)? The choice is yours, and yours alone.