The Oklahoma City Thunder locked up the fourth seed in the Western Conference, finishing the year with a 55-27 record, five games better than they finished last season. The Thunder will play the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Last year the Thunder surprised most critics with making the eighth seed in the Western Conference and taking the two-time defending champs to a six game series. Though many NBA fans still see Bryant and the Lakers bringing home the NBA title for three peat, others appear optimistic about how much noise the Thunder can make this post season.
“The Thunder is a team that nobody wants to face in the playoffs,” said Brandon Guthrie, Broken Bow senior. “If they don’t win it this year, I feel they will grow more as a team with getting some playoff experience and definitely be the favorites to win next season.
Though only time will tell how the Thunder will react to this challenge, but with the NBA’s scoring leader Kevin Durant, things seem like they are on the right track in OKC.
The NBA playoffs start April 17, for further information contact your local cable provider on times and listings.