OKLAHOMA CITY If not now, then when?
Thursday was a chance for Oklahoma City to show itself as a worthy opponent to the Miami Heat, but after this Valentine's Day massacre, it's hard to figure there will ever be a time or a place where this team could beat that team.
Oklahoma City couldn't win Thursday night when everything was absolutely in its favor, so when and if these teams meet again in the Finals, imagining a different result will be a stretch. OKC might still be the best in the West, but when it comes to Miami, the Thunder have been unable to keep up the latest example: Thursday's 110-100 loss.
Make it six losses in a row to the Heat, dating back to Game 2 of the 2012 NBA Finals. For a team that had a lot to gain, the Thunder sure looked like they lost a lot.
"You don't win championships in February," OKC's Kendrick Perkins said. "We're going to put this one behind us. Obviously they have been dominating us for the last six games, so if we do meet again it's a problem...