That young up-and-coming Oklahoma City team that made things so difficult on the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs last year may not even let the defending NBA champions get out of the first round this time.
Even though Kevin Durant has struggled with his shot, and each of the first two games in this opening-round series has gone down to the closing seconds, the Thunder certainly aren't in awe of Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.
Oklahoma City has a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-7 series that shifts to Dallas for Game 3 on Thursday night.
''Game 3 is Game 7,'' Mavericks guard Jason Terry said Wednesday, stopping only briefly to make that comment while bounding up the stairs from the practice court to the locker room.
''We've played very well the first two games but we come away empty because we just haven't been able to make one extra play,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''We've got to turn that in Game 3, and it's not as sim...