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Thunder Up

By Alex Horowitz

For the first time since Russell Westbrook’s rookie season, the Oklahoma City have stumbled out of the gate. Currently sitting at 5-13 and 3rd place in the Northwest Division, the Thunder have much reason for optimism; their sights are set on an NBA championship this season.

Why would a team with such a poor record have such a lofty goal? Having two of the league’s most talented players in reigning MVP Kevin Durant and the aforementioned Westbrook certainly helps. Unfortunately for OKC, both stars have missed the majority of this young season. Westbrook did not make his debut until last week versus the Knicks, while Durant played his first minutes in Tuesday’s loss in the Big Easy.

It may already be a month into the season, but then again, it is ONLY a month into the season. The Thunder have plenty of time to get their act together and will climb their way atop the Western Conference standings at ease. As usual, the conference is stacked with contenders such as Memphis, Houston, San Antonio, and Portland, but among those clubs, only the Spurs have more playoff experience than this young Thunder team.

Yes, even though OKC has been among the league’s elite since 2010, they are still a relatively young group of players. Their average age of 25.8 years is ninth youngest in the association. But don’t let that fool you; the Thunder are a team with a veteran-like attitude. They will not fret over a difficult start to the season, because they understand it’s a process, a grind, and that many more months of regular season play are yet to be played. When asked about turning around the team’s season around, Durant oozed with confidence

“We’ve got a great locker room, we’ve got a great team, we’ve got a great group of guys. No doubt,” Durant said. “We’ve really got to put on our hard hat every game and grind ’em out, (via Royce Young, NBA writer for ESPN.com).

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will have to lead if OKC wants to win a championship (Via AP)

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will have to lead if OKC wants to win a championship (Via AP)

Westbrook added onto Durant’s optimistic attitude, understanding the reality of where the Thunder current stand in relation to the remaining length of the season.

“How many games we got left? Sixty-something?” Westbrook said. “How many games we out of eighth place? Five, six? Not worried” (via Royce Young).

A tough start and a bad stroke of luck has doomed the Thunder to start their seventh season in the Sooner State. But backed by the leadership of its star players, the team appears to be in good hands. Larger goals lie ahead as they aim to win their first championship since their Seattle days, while a healthy starting lineup will attempt to reestablish the chemistry they’ve flawlessly executed throughout the past several years.

Lil Wayne once featured in his song “Kobe Bryant” that no one was starving for a world championship more than Kobe. Today, that title now falls on Kevin Durant. In Oklahoma City, it’s finally #ThunderUp time again.


Alex Horowitz is a senior at Briarcliff High School and is an aspiring sports writer. As a lifelong sports fan, he has rooted for the New York Knicks, New York Mets, and Detroit Lions. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhorowitz3

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2014-15 NBA Predictions

As you know, the NBA season began last night. However, we decided to release our predictions today marking our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Thanks for your continued support over the last year and thank you in advance for your support in our second year! Feel free to comment with your own opinions, as these are simply ours. Without further ado, we present our 2014- 2015 NBA Season Predictions:

EAST
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls
3 Toronto Raptors Washington Wizards
4 Indiana Pacers Toronto Raptors
5 Washington Wizards Miami Heat
6 New York Knicks New York Knicks
7 Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Hornets
8 Charlotte Hornets Brooklyn Nets
Bubble Team (9th) Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks
ECF Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls
West
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 L.A. Clippers San Antonio Spurs
2 San Antonio Spurs Oklahoma City Thunder
3 Dallas Mavericks Golden State Warriors
4 Oklahoma City Thunder  L.A.Clippers
5 Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
6 Portland Trail Blazers Houston Rockets
7 Phoenix Suns Dallas Mavericks
8 L.A. Lakers Phoenix Suns
Bubble Team (9th) New Orleans Pelicans Minnesota Timberwolves
WCF L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
Champion and Awards
Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
FINALS Cleveland Cavaliers vs LA Clippers Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Champion Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
Defensive POY Dwight Howard Joakim Noah
Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins Andrew Wiggins
Coach of the Year Doc Rivers Gregg Popovich
Most Improved Tim Hardaway Jr. Anthony Bennett
MVP Blake Griffin LeBron James
Sixth Man of the Year Isaiah Thomas Jamal Crawford

2013- 2014 NBA Season Predictions

The time has finally come. The NBA season starts today, and we’d like to make some predictions on what we think the NBA will have in store for you this year. We’ve included our picks for the playoffs, as well as the end of season awards. Feel free to comment with your own opinions, as these are simply ours. Without further ado, we present our 2013- 2014 NBA Season Predictions:

EAST
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 Miami Heat Miami Heat
2 New York Knicks Chicago Bulls
3 Chicago Bulls Indiana Pacers
4 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets
5 Indiana Pacers New York Knicks
6 Detroit Pistons Washington Wizards
7 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
8 Toronto Raptors Detroit Pistons
Bubble Team (9th) Boston Celtics Atlanta Hawks
ECF Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers
West
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 L.A Clippers L.A. Clippers
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs
4 Houston Rockets Golden State Warriors
5 Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets
6 Dallas Mavericks Minnesota Timberwolves
7 Portland Trail Blazers Dallas Mavericks
8 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans
Bubble Team (9th) Denver Nuggets Portland Trail Blazers
WCF L.A Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Champion and Awards
Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
FINALS New York Knicks vs LA Clippers Miami Heat vs. L.A. Clippers
Champion New York Knicks L.A. Clippers
Defensive POY Dwight Howard Dwight Howard
Rookie of the Year Victor Oladipo Victor Oladipo
Coach of the Year Doc Rivers Doc Rivers
Most Improved Iman Shumpert Eric Bledsoe
MVP LeBron James LeBron James
Sixth Man of the Year Tyreke Evans Jamal Crawford

We hope that this NBA season will be as fun for you as it will be for us. We look forward to keeping you covered this NBA season.