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West is Wide Open

Mike Conley (center) has emerged as a leader in crucial situations for the Memphis Grizzlies. (Photo by Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press)

Mike Conley (center) has emerged as a leader in clutch situations for the Memphis Grizzlies. (Photo by Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press)

Russell Westbrook’s injury has left the Oklahoma City Thunder weakened and the Western Conference playing field leveled. Traditional thinking would conclude that the San Antonio Spurs are good and ready to emerge out of the West if the Thunder can’t learn to adjust to Westbrook’s absence.

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Not Quite

By Andrew Gilstrap

Oklahoma City fans watch the NBA Finals between the Thunder and Miami Heat. (Photo by Alonzo Adams, Associated Press)

 

The NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder went only five games, and television ratings did not stand out as much as one would expect with the star power involved. There were not two games that topped the 20-million-average-viewer mark as I had predicted. There was not even one. It was interesting to see how the momentum on the Thunder who had won four in a row against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals and then the first game of the NBA Finals. Miami then won four in a row, including three at home, to take this year’s championship. The Thunder looked completely overmatched by Game 5, which the Heat turned into a blowout.

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