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Golub: Russ and Kanye

Not like this. Not like this. This wasn’t how it was supposed to happen. Sure, I thought they might not win the Finals. I knew, deep down, that this team was fatally flawed in a way Golden State would be able to exploit. But I was so sure it would take the Warriors. I was so determined that they’d at least make the conference finals. Instead, they lost to the Jazz. Not like this.

Rosas: A look back at the 2011 Thunder

Amid controversy surrounding the lack of fluidity between newly acquired superstar forward Kevin Durant and franchise legend Steph Curry, the Slim Reaper hosted to his prior franchise home, the Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite valiant effort and yet another Westbrook triple-double, the overmatched Thunder fell by the wayside in Oakland, falling victim to yet another Warriors blowout, 121-100.

Rosas: Jazz can find their rhythm, but Northwest is Thunder’s to lose

Three years ago, the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors, edged out the Memphis Grizzlies by one win to capture the last spot in the NBA playoffs, at a total of 51 wins. Now, the once deep western conference faces a downshift in competition, with the likes of the Thunder and the Spurs, a combined 122 wins between the two, definitely loosening the concentrations of victories to a number of up and coming franchises.