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Will Oklahoma City Thunder Make the NBA Finals?

Sports 2011/12/30 16:00:00
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Don't look now, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-0 to start the 2011-12 basketball season. They may be one of the youngest teams in the NBA, but don't tell that to All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder have made the playoffs the last two seasons and look well on their way to doing so again in 2012.

There were reports that Westbrook and Durant have a strained relationship, but head coach Scott Brooks downplayed the situation. "To me, an altercation -- in my world, it's a fight or it's a shove or something like that. A debate or a discussion is totally different than an altercation but that did not happen," Brooks said to ESPN.com. "I've been coaching these guys [Durant and Westbrook] for four years and we haven't had one fight, which surprises me, and we haven't had any issues that were below the belt that I had to step in."

At 4-0, with two high-level, young, and very competitive players, arguments can happen. Tensions can get high. The NBA season is a grind, but the Thunder are undefeated, are coming off of a big win over the defending champion Dallas, and look like they'll only get better, especially with key contributors such as James Harden, Kendrick Perkins, and Serge Ibaka.

Can the Thunder win a championship this season? That's up in the air with favorites like Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago still playing great basketball. But would it really be surprising if they at least got to the NBA Finals? Let us know!


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  • Rono 2012/01/11 15:59:11
    Yes
    Rono
    I don't think they will win the WCF though. I still say Lakers will win the WCF and eventually take it all. Lakers-vs-Bulls, Lakers win!
  • coach k 2012/01/03 15:25:30
    No
    coach k
    conference finals yes
  • JoshuaGNorman 2012/01/02 19:25:08
    Yes
    JoshuaGNorman
    Especially if they put Harden in the starting lineup. I especially liked the fact that Ibaka was able to emerge as a defensive presence.
  • BladeCaptain 2012/01/02 18:59:04
    No
    BladeCaptain
    They did just good enough in Seattle to get folks excited and then choked it up till they were ran out of town with their tails between their legs. Why should we expect that with a move and a name change that they will change their ways?
  • Gimmedap 2012/01/02 17:42:21
    Yes
    Gimmedap
    Who knows, but they're doing a great job so far. This town is happy and excited with something new to talk about. Good for them!
  • Tennessee3501 2012/01/02 17:02:04 (edited)
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    If the playoffs start tomorrow!
  • redneck 2012/01/02 16:56:28
    No
    redneck
    Basketball what's that ?? Inner city punks trying to play a game,who cares !!!
  • rosebud 2012/01/02 16:24:10
    Yes
    rosebud
    It could happen, but this is not really a young team, it is a transplanted team having been once known as the Seattle SuperSonics.
  • have fork will travel 2012/01/02 15:50:03
    No
    have fork will travel
    There's a basketball season this year?
  • heirsoftheking 2012/01/02 14:39:31 (edited)
    Yes
    heirsoftheking
    I'm not an OKC fan, but earlier this year I predicted they'd win it all in this strike-shortened season.
  • H.E 2012/01/01 19:37:47 (edited)
    No
    H.E
    They've certainly got off to a respectable start, but I think time will reveal if they are ready for a deep playoff run, sighting so many strong teams in the west.
  • RobertRowe 2012/01/01 02:05:24
    No
    RobertRowe
    they aren't a big enough market of a team and this
    okc bombing
    happened too long ago to help them rise like
    9 11
    did for
    new england pattriots
    and
    huricane katrina
    did for
    the saints
  • rosebud RobertRowe 2012/01/02 16:22:09
    rosebud
    Is OKC only known for an act of terrorism?
  • ivo passos 2011/12/31 18:29:22
    Yes
    ivo passos
    Anyone will watch any game today ? i'm gonna watch them at home on this new live streaming website, they have been streaming all game since the beginning of 2011/2012 nba. Visit www.mynbatv.com Happy new year :D
  • Bob DiN 2011/12/31 13:01:30
    No
    Bob DiN
    Don't know, don't care. The NBA is boring.
  • musicisamazing 2011/12/31 02:40:45
    No
    musicisamazing
    +1
    too early to call
  • wes 2011/12/30 21:34:52
    No
    wes
    +1
    There's going to be finals too?
  • IN A DIFFERENT CLASS 2011/12/30 21:22:37
    Yes
    IN A DIFFERENT CLASS
    +1
    Well, it's likely, but you never know. The NBA is so very UNPREDICTABLE, that it is very hard to say at this point.
  • gone i guess 2011/12/30 21:14:42
    Yes
    gone i guess
    +1
    its good team
  • ricknroll 2011/12/30 20:34:15
    No
    ricknroll
    +1
    I think they got a shot but wouldn't say they will just yet. they're starting off good though
  • Bob DiN ricknroll 2011/12/31 13:03:09
    Bob DiN
    Means nothing this early.
  • ricknroll ricknroll 2011/12/31 13:51:11
    ricknroll
    why even answer this question if you think the NBA boring and then randomly reply to me with that? Bob Din, act your age
  • cebo 2011/12/30 20:31:45
    No
    cebo
    +1
    They are a good up and coming team but not ready for the NBA Finals because of their point guard Westbrook, so until they get a true point guard they'll always come up short of seeing the NBA Finals.
  • BigKwell 2011/12/30 20:03:18
    No
    BigKwell
    +2
    Bring them back to Seattle!
  • jacktown kid 2011/12/30 20:02:51
    No
    jacktown kid
    +1
    watch out for the Lakers still
  • I NEED A HORSE 2011/12/30 18:09:40 (edited)
  • rosebud I NEED ... 2012/01/02 16:25:18
    rosebud
    Is it possible you could be in error here?
  • I NEED ... rosebud 2012/01/02 17:30:45

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