Five Houston Players The OKC Thunder Need To Stop

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Five Houston Players The OKC Thunder Need To Stop

"I've never seen anyone play the way he has". But you know me. Some great story lines, it's good for the National Basketball Association. But in all seriousness, that stat-line is absurd. At times, James muscled the Cavaliers through certain games, absolutely willing them to a victory. LeBron can say that, but the East is a more shallow conference. OKC has only 189 more three-pointers the last two seasons than what the Rockets connected on this season. You have got to have the power drive to score. In fact, all three also averaged double digits in points against Houston this season.

Regular season series: Rockets 3-1.

"And yet, despite all of that - plus a bench featuring Patty Mills, Gasol, David Lee and 38-year-old Manu Ginobili - San Antonio is on pace to win more than 60 games and have the second-best record in the National Basketball Association". The play above also shows the danger of the Westbrook outlet pass to Oladipo. Like James before him, if this were any other season, Leonard would likely be notching his first regular season MVP award. At three is the Houston Rockets, the L.A. Clippers at four, the Utah Jazz at five, the Thunder at six, the Memphis Grizzlies seven and the Portland Trailblazers closing it out at 8. He and new head coach Mike D'Antoni are credited for the Rockets' current success, their rise. A recipe for quite the interesting season was brewing in Houston.

Houston enters the series as a trendy dark horse to break the hold that the Warriors and Spurs have had on the Western Conference in recent memory.

Harden said it best: "I thought winning was what this is about".

How did Harden and company respond?

So, while Westbrook and Harden are (deservedly) the front-runners for this year's MVP award, it would be silly to suggest that Curry is having a "down" year.

When prodded about what makes Westbrook so good, Harden provided some praise for the fellow point guard. Russell Westbrook led the league in scoring and was third in assists. Or, will Harden guard Roberson and Westbrook guard - you guessed it - Harden? He did all of this with a true shooting percentage of 61.3%.

Jackson spoke to the local media Friday for the first time since September, after the Knicks finished 31-51 in their fourth straight season out of the playoffs. The Admiral averaged 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, and 2.9 assists per game.

Westbrook made history leading a 47-win team.

Even with becoming only the second player to ever average a triple-double, Westbrook finished 18th overall in minutes at 34.6 per game. Many fans expected the Thunder to completely miss the playoffs after Kevin Durant chose to sign with Golden State over Oklahoma City.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center.

Westbrook's Player Efficiency Rating was through the roof, soaring at a career-high of 30.6. It was proof the MVP was given in mistake, despite a difference of 15 wins between the two candidates that season.

For sixth-seeded Oklahoma City it will be much of the same, as the Thunder will look to Westbrook to win ball games. The Thunder are not one of them so getting up and down should pay off in a big way as these games progress.

San Antonio Spurs big man David Robinson was the MVP of the league - at least according to the awards voters.

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