LAL was actually a favorable matchup for OKC. I would rather have played them than Denver. Having 2 very very good inside defenders, with LA's main offensive threat being inside play between their 7 footers (aside from Kobe) was a good matchup for us. Plus our athleticism was just so far ahead of theirs. Plus, LA has no perimeter shooting. Aside from Kobe, an occassional make by Ron and Blake, they really have very little.
So...I don't know that I'd say that OKC has played tougher teams in the playoffs. From my perspective, I'd MUCH rather play agains LAL than LAC.
All this Spurs hype freaks me out. So much pressure to live up to these expectations. I still think we'll win though.
I'm tired of all the "too much hype" bullshit. What, the team is going to start reading their press clippings all of a sudden? We're going to take teams lightly and come out flat 4 times in a series? The Basketball Gods will get mad at us for being too good?
Get over it. The Spurs are a juggernaut and unless there is a catastrophic injury, they are winning the title and winning it in impressive fashion. This is not to say the Thunder suck or Miami/Boston suck...they are very good teams, particularly the Thunder. But Pop knows that, the players know that, and they are going to come out and do exactly what they've been doing for the past 4 months: play smart basketball with ruthless efficiency and win. Let's enjoy the ride.
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