OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
The Oklahoma City Thunder were originally known as the Seattle Supersonics before moving to the Oklahoma capital before the 2008 season, and quickly became one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference. With two playoff appearances and a trip to the conference finals under their belts, the Thunder have solidified their status as a competitive franchise.
The Thunder made the playoffs for the first time during the 2009-10 season behind the stellar play of forward Kevin Durant, point guard Russell Westbrook and a collection of young, developing talent. It was then that the Thunder earned the eighth seed in the playoffs and were pitted against the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. The Thunder went on to shock the champs by evening the series at two games apiece, but the Lakers outlasted them and won in six games.
The team had even greater playoff success during the 2010-11 season, when they cruised through the first round against the Denver Nuggets in five games. The Thunder then fought a tough series against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round and triumphed in seven games. Unfortunately, the Thunder would eventually fall in five games in the conference finals to the Dallas Mavericks, who would then go on to capture the NBA title.
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