SAN ANTONIO Pickup basketball is the best basketball, with king of the court rules prevailing and someone always hollering about "Who's got next?"
And for a long time, we applied this thinking to the NBA.
"Who's got next?" was a question we asked yet thought we already had an answer to, an answer provided by The Decision and affirmed by a promise of " not five, not six, not seven "
The answer was LeBron. Kevin Durant and his young and talented Oklahoma City teammates were a year away at least. They were not quite ready. It was not their turn.
"We just never thought we were supposed to wait our turn," KD said Monday when presented with this line of thinking. "We always wanted to go and take everything."
And this is exactly what the Thunder did in a 108-103 victory against San Antonio in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, exactly what Durant did, what James Harden did by banging down a monster victory-sealing 3-pointer, what all of them did when they did not fold (at leas...