GS vs OKC – Champions can get it done. Non-champions can’t

Golden State Warriors are true champions

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What makes a team like the Golden State Warriors so great?

In the NBA, there are three types of teams. First, there are those that are true champions, like the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, Heat, and most recently, the Golden State Warriors. Although some of these teams are down at the present time, they have been labeled as champions several times over the years, and will probably be back on top in the future.

Second, there are teams that are wanna be champions.  Here, you can include the Jazz, Suns, Grizzlies and Raptors. Let’s face it. I don’t think I’ll ever see an NBA championship in Utah or Phoenix during my lifetime. Finally, there are those teams that won one championship, had their big moment, and probably will never win another. Here, we have the Mavericks, Trailblazers, and of course, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oh yes, the Thunder did win an NBA championship in 1979, but were then the Seattle Supersonics.

True champions find a way to win. Wanna be champions find a way to lose.

As I was watching game four of the series between the Golden State Warriors, and the Oklahoma City Thunder, I was thrilled to see the look of intensity on the faces of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. What I saw were two very good basketball players who both want a championship so bad, they can taste it. Then, I thought, with the acquisition of Billy Donovan as the head coach of the Thunder, maybe this is the year for the Thunder to end the 37 year drought.  I was looking forward to Durant and Westbrook facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals, and trying to settle an old score from 2012, when LeBron and the Heat destroyed the Thunder. The only thing keeping Durant and Westbrook from being great players is obvious – No championship. It would be so unfortunate to see these two magnificent athletes end their careers without a ring.

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were so hot on those three point shots last night, they were ridiculous. You can call it luck, or you can say that the Thunder was in rare form, like, choking as in previous years. But the fact remains, the Golden State Warriors are champions, and found the way to get it done. By the same token, the Thunder showed that they’re not champions. Instead of playing to win, they played not to lose.

I’d still like to see a match-up in the finals between Durant and Westbrook, and LeBron James. However, I wouldn’t count on it. After all, there’s still one more game to play in Golden State, or have you forgotten there’s a seventh game. But in all fairness to the Thunder, don’t count Billy Donovan out. This man is no stranger to championships.

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