OKC Can Win the Western Semis, but KD Needs to Wake Up

OKC’s path to a championship will be absurdly difficult. They’re a great squad, but in the Western Semis, they’ve got to beat San Antonio. In all likelihood  they’ll take on Golden State in the Conference Finals, and will almost certainly be squaring off against Cleveland for the League Finals in June. But that’s all then, and right now the Thunder are focused on their Texan opponent. The Spurs are a well-oiled machine, but it’s not impossible for OKC to walk away with a series win.

The answer is Kevin Durant. Even though Westbrook runs the floor like no other, and really proved his versatility and awareness on the court during Durant’s injury-plagued season a few years back, KD is really the one that has to click. As Deadspin’s Tom Ley points out, San Antonio does it’s best to make zero shots easy for the opposition. As good as Westbrook is, on a good day for San Antonio the Spurs can shut him down. But Durant? That’s a different story. At 6 feet 11, it’s hard to get a hand in his face or contest a jumper— there just that many guys that can match up at the size difference. If the Spurs are swarming Westbrook and Durant, but the former can continue to read the floor, get good looks, and create shot opportunities for his teammates (especially Durant), then it really shouldn’t matter what kind of defensive schemes they try and run. Durant will just shoot over whoever.

 

Westbrook acknowledged the game three loss was his fault: he took too many shots, and said that if they’re going to win he needs to get everyone involved. By “everyone”, fans really hope he meant “Kevin Durant”. Either way, it’s becoming obvious that the Spurs are not a team one man can beat.

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Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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