Found April 18, 2013 on Thunder The Influence:
A few years ago, the Thunder were the laughing stock of the league. Though, it did not take long for Sam Presti to build his basketball empire in Oklahoma City, which in five short years has already taken over as the top team in the Western Conference. Thunder fans were excited to get the third pick in the draft a few years back, now they are getting excited over the best record in the conference and a chance at another trip to the NBA Finals. Before we get ahead of ourselves, the Thunder have a few road bumps to get past before they can raise a—respectable—banner in the Chesapeake Energy Arena rafters. The Houston Rockets are first on the list, who let the seven-seed slip away from them after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on the final night of the regular season. It would have been a total trip to see the Lakers at the eight spot and the Thunder at the top in a first round match-up. However, a battle between Oklahoma City and the man who left this town for the spotlight will suffice. James Harden, man. He certainly got what he wanted. He is the leader of a "playoff" team that could have faced a beaten-down San Antonio Spurs team. However, in overtime, the Lakers prevailed. And now the Rockets will have to somehow outmatch the Thunder, who were able to surpass the struggling San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets have some fire-power on offense, which is directed by Jeremy Lin. Though, countering Oklahoma City's intensity on offense will be a tall order for the Rockets. Houston, we're happy to host you in Loud City. The fans should be ready for what should be an easy series against Houston. However, maybe James Harden "will show us." Then again, the Thunder are not about to get knocked out in the first round and let a re-match with the Miami Heat slip through their fingers. It's playoff time in Oklahoma. Sunday, pack the 'Peake and witness the beginning of OKC's path to the NBA Finals.
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