NBA Conference Finals: Open Court

Here are a few thoughts on the NBA Conference Finals:

– Isn’t it amazing how fast momentum can turn in a series? A famous saying in baseball is that “you are only as good as today’s starting pitching”. Maybe basketball’s version should be “you are only as good as you are when you are making shots”.

– All the pressure is now on the Thunder. If they lose game six, all bets are off. Durant and Westbrook could go from dominating a the best regular season team ever in a short series to losing a 3-1 lead in dramatic fashion. If they lose a 3-1 lead, the narrative will certainly change to “still can’t get win the big one” instead of “it’s their time and they are the most explosive duo to possibly ever play together.”

– If you are Coach Billy Donovan, you have to like the effort his team played with in Game 5 last night. It would have been easy for OKC to mail it in and say let’s win Game 6 at home. Instead, even with under a minute left, Westbrook rebounded his own free throw miss and kicked it to Durant who had a clean look at a 3pt shot, which would have cut the lead to a one possession game. It was great to see OKC’s bench reaction to Durant’s miss. They all gave him five and knew they were just a few plays away from stealing the game and closing out the series.

– Why does Draymont Green feel the need to kick everytime he jumps for a rebound/shot?

– The Raptors have been in this situation before. You know after Gam 2 when nobody gave them a chance to win. It should be interesting to see what kind of resolve they come out with tonight at home vs. Cleveland.

Follow Bert DeSalvo on Twitter @CoachDeSalvo

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4 comments on “NBA Conference Finals: Open Court

  1. Good post. Pressure is definitely back on OKC to finish at home. And I totally agree – Green almost kicked Durant in the face last night. Looking forward to following your blog!

    • Thanks for following. Hope it is insightful!

      Do you think Green will get ejected for techs or flagrants if at all?

      • He doesn’t seem to be able to contain himself. I mean, how can you keep kicking at people when you lucked out to not get suspended in the last game? I’m guessing if the series is extended or especially if they advance he will get another 1 or 2 and then I think it’s an automatic suspension…

      • After the seventh technical it’s a fine & one game suspension. I think he has five now. Possibly six.

        Steve Kerr needs to corral him. Can’t afford to give any free points and stir the OKC crowd in Game 6.

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