Thunder could turn to reign

After tough L.A. series, Oklahoma City must avoid usual pitfalls for a long run

Originally Published: May 1, 2010
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- All season, the Oklahoma City Thunder had considered themselves a college team winning games in the NBA and, true to form, when it was over, the aftermath looked like something straight out of a crushing NCAA tournament defeat.

Kevin Durant was face down, slapping the court. Jeff Green held his hands to his head and doubled over in pain. Russell Westbrook stared into the upper reaches of the Ford Center, a look of disbelief frozen on his face.

And then ...

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