Oaklahoma City Thunder won't be silenced
Kevin Durant is refusing to throw in the towel on Oklahoma City’s hunt for a maiden NBA crown, despite the Thunder needing a minor miracle to pull it off.
No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, but that’s what is facing Durant and Co after being overpowered by the Miami Heat 104-98 in Game Four.
The Thunder can’t afford any more slip-ups from now on with the Heat able to wrap up the season on home court tomorrow.
However, Durant believes if they can at least send the series back to Oklahoma, venue for games six and seven, then anything is possible.
“We’re going to keep fighting,” the three-time NBA scoring champion said. “It’s just frustrating, but we’re going to keep fighting. That’s how we’ve been since I got here.”
In yesterday’s clash, the Thunder held an early 17-point lead but even with Heat top-scorer LeBron James off the court late with cramps, they were still overhauled down the stretch courtesy of a rousing performance from unheralded guard Mario Chalmers, who finished with 25 points.
Point guard Russell Westbrook single handedly kept the Thunder in the game with an astonishing 43 points, although he was guilty of a costly error in the final seconds that denied the visitors a chance to tie the game
“Shots were falling,” Westbrook said. “But it really doesn’t mean nothing. We didn’t come out with the win.”
Despite dropping to the floor in pain with four minutes to play, James managed to return to nail a crucial three-pointer that gave his team a lead they would never relinquish.
And after being ridiculed for his inability to deliver in the clutch during last year’s Finals failure against Dallas, the three-time MVP is now just one win away from ending a nine-year title chase that started in Cleveland before he infamously ‘took his talents to South Beach’ in 2010.
Asked about the chance to finally land the big one, James said: “Of course it’s there to think about.
“I’ll be ready for Game Five.”