Meanwhile, in the Western Conference Finals the Thunder are showing the Celtics that you can roar back from being down 2-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Of course, they are the young team playing an older Spurs squad, but that just means they have different problems. OKC had to overcome youthful mistakes and inexperience to win the game, but they managed to pull it off.
Amazingly they survived it all. Fortune obviously plays a part after that many gaffes, but it's also clear that the Thunder have learned how to rebound and cope and grow on the fly -- after coming home with a 2-0 deficit -- as well as any on-the-rise crew has ever done it. Adversity, to use Collison's word, no longer leads to automatic panic like it once did. So hungry and emboldened by all they've achieved in this playoff run, having lost only one game in eliminating the Mavericks and Lakers, Durant's Thunder hang in now when things go wrong. Even against the very best. "Eventually," Collison says, "we calmed down."
So now Durant, Westbrook, and old friend Kendrick Perkins are 1 win away from the NBA Finals.
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