It looks like it's going to be a Thunder-Heat finals. I posted at the beginning of this series that the Spurs can't beat the Thunder at full strength. I'm not writing this based on the most recent losses. I'm looking at the overall trend since 2012. Pop and the Spurs talked all this noise about wanting to play against the best and preparing to play against Ibaka, but yet they come out and play like a bunch of scared little 4th grade girls when Ibaka's in there, most notably Leonard and Green. It's been the same deal since 2012, especially when playing in OKC. The Spurs can't handle their overall length and athleticism with Ibaka. Even Duncan is useless against him. I've seen ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to indicate that this is going to change anytime soon. It doesn't matter where they play, the story is always the same. My 4 dead grandparents and 72 year old father could give the Thunder a better game than the Spurs have given them with Ibaka in there. Theoretically, the Spurs still have 2 more games to win, but them winning with Ibaka around is about as likely as Flight 370 being found. This is a disgrace to watch. What a shame to waste such a good season and home court advantage. We really should have finished the job last year.
Everyone on PtR has their heads in the sand and has been trying to rationalize all their losses against OKC the last couple of years and come up with excuses. This wasn't like a one-off NCAA tournament 15 vs 2 game where the Thunder were on crack for the whole game and hitting three pointers out their asses. I wasn't too concerned against Dallas since I knew the Spurs would eventually figure them out. The loss against Portland didn't even register, since there was no way that they could sustain that for 4 games. The Thunder are a different animal. The Spurs haven't adjusted the last 2 years, and sadly, I don't see them doing so now. I think it's time to get used to seeing the Thunder in the NBA finals, since it's going to be that way for the next few years.