The Thunder will be seeking redemption in the 2014 playoffs. Fans of this team are not happy with Patrick Beverley for attempting to swat at the ball as Russell Westbrook attempted to call a timeout during Game 2 of the first round in last season’s playoffs. Before Game 3, the Thunder announced that Westbrook had torn the meniscus in his right knee and was out for the rest of the postseason. Therefore, with Westbrook missing games for the first time in his basketball career, Kevin Durant was forced to take on an even bigger role, and Oklahoma City fell in the second round. We fast forward to 2014, as Durant and Westbrook are ready to take on the best of the Western Conference again.
Oklahoma City Thunder playoff tickets have one of the lowest NBA playoff premiums in 2014. There are just 1,786 tickets remaining on the secondary market to see first-round games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The average price of those tickets is $244.64, which is only 20.97 percent more than the regular-season price of $202.23.
Oklahoma City is one of the best teams in the league, and it makes that known on both sides of the court. The Thunder own top-10 offensive and defensive efficiencies in 2013-14 and take advantage of the free-throw line as well. With two of the most prolific scorers in the league, Oklahoma City gets to the line very frequently and has one of the best free-throw percentages in the league. In addition, Steven Adams helps the team get extra possessions, as he is a very effective offensive rebounder.
On the defensive end of the floor, Brooks’ squad makes it more of a team rebounding effort. Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison and Adams protect the hoop while the guards scoop up the extra rebounds. This combination makes them one of the best rebounding teams in the league.
This strong rebounding can frustrate opponents, such as the San Antonio Spurs. During the regular season, the Thunder swept the Spurs. If Oklahoma City can duplicate its regular-season success in the playoffs, then those at Chesapeake Energy Arena could be seeing a potential 2014 NBA champion in the Thunder.