One win and the Thunder are going to be feeling pretty good about themselves. Kind of hard to process, considering what's gone on the last three games as the Thunder have gone from favorite to feeble.
That's why they have to look at tonight's game in Miami as a unique situation, mutually exclusive from the other four games already played. Sure, this one has more consequence to it -- lose and you're out -- but it also has all the upside.
Win and you're in.
So, just for a second, wrap your mind around the fact Game 5 stands alone. Win and everything changes. No team has ever rallied from a 3-1 Finals deficit. Yeah, OK. But that's misleading. After all, seven times teams have come back from 3-1, just not in the Finals. In addition, a Game 5 victory assures a championship trophy will be given out in Oklahoma City, a place where the Thunder have lost just once in 10 games this postseason.
Win tonight and you can really talk pressure.
Because it's off at this point, at ...