The End of an Era and the Beginning of an Era

6/7/12 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

Blog Photo - The End of an Era and the Beginning of a New
 
In more ways than one, this year felt like all the other championship years for San Antonio.  They had all the momentum, got the right pieces, and had four different players with championship experience.  The Spurs had won twenty straight games from the regular season into the playoffs and took a decided 2-0 advantage against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.  In the span of eighty-three days, the Spurs lost only four games, but in the past seven days, they’ve lost four consecutive games in a row.  And now they're going fishing.
 
Move over San Antonio.  There’s a new kid on the block.
 
One of the youngest teams in the league is growing up right before our eyes; in what could be the birth of a new dynasty.  Their story even had Pop saying, “It's almost a Hollywood script for OKC.  I don't know if anybody has ever gone through a playoff playing those kinds of teams."  The last three teams that the Thunder have beaten are not only playoff teams, but they’re former NBA champions.  The Thunder convincingly beat last year’s champions, the Dallas Mavericks.  Then they beat Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.  And the latest Goliath to fall down were the San Antonio Spurs.
 
After the loss, Tim Duncan said, “I thought this was definitely our time, our time to get back to the Finals, our time to push for another championship.”  But the Thunder had other plans.
 
After being down 15 points at halftime, the Thunder rallied back in the 2nd half by outscoring San Antonio 32-18 in the 3rd quarter.
 
Coach Scott Brooks said, "I was not going to take him (Durant) out.  I don't care how many times he looked at me fatigued.  He has enough, and I think all of our guys have enough to play.  You just have to fight through it."
 
The decision paid dividends as Durant finished the game with 34 points and 14 rebounds.  Although, Durant is only twenty-three years of age, the budding star carries himself like a veteran already.  In many ways, he is what Tim Duncan was fifteen years ago, a quiet leader who leads by example.  Asked what it was like to play with the three time scoring champ, teammate Thabo Sefolosha said, "It’s beautiful to play with a guy like this and to see the crowd and everybody cheering for him; it’s great.”
 
As the window of opportunity now closes for the Big Fundamental at 36 years of age, the future is looking mighty bright for the 23 year old Kevin Durant.  Could we finally be seeing the end of the Spurs Dynasty and the rising of a new one in Oklahoma City? 

We'll have to see what Boston and Miami think about that.
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6/7/12   |   jjh8857   |   315 respect

You say special & unique I say hokey & lame.  I need more meat on the bone the warm & fuzzies dont bowl me over...

6/7/12   |   Murph   |   4 respect

Well i agree, the way the fan base in OKC is unlike any other professional sports franchise in the United States. That is special & unique and I love it. Who says a pro sports community cant be what the Thunders is? Why do you have to be 13 or a female to express your love for your team in that way? I guess I'll never understand your reason for disliking the Thunder...then again I guess it's hard for me to understand if you don't even know.

6/7/12   |   jjh8857   |   315 respect

 have no real reason to hate them I just do.  I'm violating every one of my personal rules in doing so.  I love the NBA absolutely love it.  Plus I talk sports for a living so I like 'interesting & 'big time'.  The Thunder are neither.  I get zero enjoyment from watching them play or win.  Bos-SA or Mia-SA would have been absolute heaven to me.  OKC is a college sports town barely.  Baking cookies for players & wearing all white just doesnt dot it for me.  Im not 13.  Or female. 

6/7/12   |   Murph   |   4 respect

jjh8857 wrote:
Ugh.  Can't stand this hokey, college/high school like team.  OKC is not a big league city.  This is nearly as bad as the Saints winning rhe SB.

You have anymore hatorade? I'm thirsty too.

6/7/12   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

I would've killed to have seen one last showdown between KG and TD, but it looks like the young fellas have grown impatient and want their turn now. 

6/7/12   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Scott wrote:
Spurs couldn't keep up with the younger more athletic Thunder.  I'd rather see them pass the torch to a team like the Thunder then one like the Heat

No worries, Scott... the old guys are gonna handle those Heat for you.

6/7/12   |   Scott   |   49473 respect

(Edited by Scott)

Spurs couldn't keep up with the younger more athletic Thunder.  I'd rather see them pass the torch to a team like the Thunder then one like the Heat

6/7/12   |   jjh8857   |   315 respect

Words cannot express how much I detest that team.  So small time in so many ways.  Go Celtics Go Heat

6/7/12   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

jjh8857 wrote:
Ugh.  Can't stand this hokey, college/high school like team.  OKC is not a big league city.  This is nearly as bad as the Saints winning rhe SB.

Oooooh, those grapes are sour.

6/7/12   |   jjh8857   |   315 respect

Ugh.  Can't stand this hokey, college/high school like team.  OKC is not a big league city.  This is nearly as bad as the Saints winning rhe SB.