OKLAHOMA CITY After a Game 5 win, Thunder forward Kevin Durant said he and his team never felt like they had to wait their turn in the NBA's version of Game of Thrones.
Maybe Durant's right. There's no hierarchy in the Association, at least since Michael Jordan retired and left the many kingdoms of the league to muddle over the aristocracy.
Heading into this season, Dallas was the defending champ but the 2012 talk was all about LeBron and the Heat. Later in the season, 20 wins in a row shifted the conversation toward the Spurs.
Not any more.
After a road win Monday, the Thunder are set to play their next biggest game, this one even bigger the last. They are a win away from an NBA Finals appearance against the guys who are always seemingly in the way for the past decade plus.
Game 6 against San Antonio will be in arguably the best environment in the league, ripe with a collegiate feel from a crowd at any other time divided between red (Oklahoma) and orange (Oklahoma...