Series Story: The underdog Nuggets just couldn’t keep the magic in the playoffs losing to the Finals hopeful Thunder in five games.
How We Will Remember This Series: As a bloggers dream (#THUNDERNUGGETS) and a entertaining series that probably should have went more than five games.
Honorable Mentions: Kendrick Perkins goaltend in game one, Russell Westbrook’s questionable shot selection.
Series MVP (Thunder): Kevin Durant. His fourth quarter performance in Game Five closed out the series and showed his scary ability to close out games with his shooting and unguardable length. Westbrook may be a close second, but this is KD’s team and it was made clear at the end of this series.
Series MVP (Nuggets): Nene. It is hard picking a single player from this nuggets team that lacks a clear leader, but Nene was clearly the player who got them there and didn’t have a terrible series.
Unsung Hero: Serge Ibaka. Great defense all series, including a game saving block on Nene last night. Ibaka is turning a better than good starter and is making the Jeff Green trade look better and better every day. Sorry Celtics fans.
What We Learned About the Thunder: That the battle between Westbrook and Durant is there. Both players obviously want the ball at the end of the game and only one player can have the rock, and it is clear Durant should be getting the majority of the touches in crunch time. How the Thunder deal with this problem while keeping Westbrook happy is a key to them moving on in this years playoffs and for the future.
Nuggets Silver Lining: Hey they won one more playoff game than the Knicks did.
Best Game: Game One.
Turning Point: The non-goaltending call in Game One, absolutely buried the Nuggets momentum and gave us another example of why the NBA needs instant replay, at least in the playoffs.