Home Court Makes Thunder Unbeatable?
Decree that the Eastern Conference shall have home-court advantage, even though the Thunder had a better regular-season record than either finalist from the East, Boston and Miami, because East comes before West in the alphabet. Or because of the threat of El Nino at Oklahoma City for Game 1. Or killer bees. Something. Anything.
Otherwise, we have the worst kind of NBA Finals imaginable. We have one devoid of drama, because I have to be frank with you.
If the Thunder have four games at home, the Thunder will win the NBA Finals. Can’t see them losing here, maybe because I never have seen them lose here, and I’ve been here a bunch of times. If I’ve ever seen the Thunder lose at home, it’s been washed from my memory, perhaps by all the noise, noise, noise from the past week when they were spanking the Spurs in the Western Conference finals.
The facts say the Thunder didn’t have the best home record in the NBA — technically speaking, they’re tied with Miami with seven home losses on the season, including the playoffs, one more than the Spurs. But factually speaking, the Thunder played without starting guard Thabo Sefolosha for three of those home losses and without Sixth Man of the Year James Harden for another. At full strength, the Thunder went two months without a loss at home. At full strength, the Thunder are 8-0 at home in the playoffs. At full strength, the Thunder have lost just three times at home all season.