Are We Really Prepared For This Game?

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We are about an hour away from tip-off for the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors. It’s been a series to remember, one of the best in quite some time. Given how boring most of the other series have been this year, this one has looked like the best we’ve ever seen.

We’d have to assume the Warriors are the heavy favorites considering the momentum they have gained by coming back from down 3-1 and are now at home for Game 7. Klay Thompson had carried this team on his back in Game 6 to enable Steph Curry and the rest of the Warriors the chance to play like themselves in the 4th quarter and ultimately get the win.

Kevin Durant knows that the odds are stacked against his Thunder, but he seems like he’s going to have his team come to Oracle with the right mindset.

[From USA Today]:

“If we walk in like it’s a funeral, then we already lost,” the seven-time All-Star told the media at Sunday’s practice. “Nobody walked in like that. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. (The Warriors) aren’t gonna feel sorry for us. Whoever is covering the game, the fans — nobody is feeling sorry for us. It’s just a part of basketball. Guys walked in here real confident. We were upset we lost, but we let that go. We gotta get ready for Game 7.”

The Thunder are ready and you know Draymond Green will have the Warriors ready, but are we? As fans, are we truly ready to watch the end of this series? This is such a defining moment for the NBA, the Western Conference, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Draymond Green, and so many others.

Curry could immediately make a claim that he should start to be discussed in the top 50 of all time category. Westbrook could finally get rid of the notion that he is not a true point guard. Durant could remind everyone that he is still one of the best in the game. You could go on about what could happen.

More than anything though, this means so much for the Western Conference. The dethroning of the Spurs by the hands of the Thunder made OKC the lone team that could stop the Warriors from becoming something of legend. If the Thunder win, it’ll mean good times for the NBA in the future. It will mean that the Warriors don’t control the Western Conference. It would mean that there are plenty of teams that could occasionally take the throne. On the other hand, if the Warriors win, the Western Conference throne will just have one team, and that team will be the Warriors. It’ll take a while for a team to be able to make a claim for that throne once again.

That’s why I’m not sure if we are ready for this Game 7. The Western Conference and heck, even the NBA as a whole will be changed forever once the victor is revealed tonight.

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