Kevin Durant squeezes a shot during the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals. The Thunder joined that 15-team list of teams who came back from a 2-0 series deficit when, after losing back-to-back games in San Antonio, they ripped off four consecutive victories. Kevin Durant-led Oklahoma City’s comeback was made all the more impressive by the fact that the top-seeded Spurs had won 20 games in a row entering Game 3 of the series. (John W. McDonough/SI)
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Kevin Durant squeezes a shot during the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals. The Thunder joined that 15-team list of teams who came back from a 2-0 series deficit when, after losing back-to-back games in San Antonio, they ripped off four consecutive victories. Kevin Durant-led Oklahoma City’s comeback was made all the more impressive by the fact that the top-seeded Spurs had won 20 games in a row entering Game 3 of the series. (John W. McDonough/SI)

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Are the Thunder still the favorites in the West? Oklahoma City will be challenged by the Lakers, who added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason, but SI’s Chris Mannix thinks the incumbent Thunder are still the team to beat in a tough conference. (Greg Nelson/SI)
MANNIX: Thunder are still best team in WestAMICK: Insiders believe Thunder are contendersGALLERY: Rare Photos of Kevin Durant

Are the Thunder still the favorites in the West? Oklahoma City will be challenged by the Lakers, who added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason, but SI’s Chris Mannix thinks the incumbent Thunder are still the team to beat in a tough conference. (Greg Nelson/SI)

MANNIX: Thunder are still best team in West
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Kevin Durant swoops in for a dunk during Sunday’s men’s basketball game between the USA and France. Durant poured in 22 points to lead the U.S. team while Kevin Love added 14 points and Kobe Bryant contributed 10. The U.S. team will next face Tunisia on Tuesday. (John McDonough/SI)
THOMSEN: U.S. finds its blueprint for gold in win over FranceMANNIX: Thunder trio working to turn page in London

Kevin Durant swoops in for a dunk during Sunday’s men’s basketball game between the USA and France. Durant poured in 22 points to lead the U.S. team while Kevin Love added 14 points and Kobe Bryant contributed 10. The U.S. team will next face Tunisia on Tuesday. (John McDonough/SI)

THOMSEN: U.S. finds its blueprint for gold in win over France
MANNIX: Thunder trio working to turn page in London

LeBron James posts up Kevin Durant during a March 2012 game between the Thunder and Heat. The two teams face off tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and of the six SI experts, four project Oklahoma City will wind up victorious. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)
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LeBron James posts up Kevin Durant during a March 2012 game between the Thunder and Heat. The two teams face off tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and of the six SI experts, four project Oklahoma City will wind up victorious. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant lofts the go-ahead shot over Pau Gasol during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Lakers-Thunder game. Oklahoma City trailed by seven with two minutes left but Durant scored nine late points to steal a 77-75 victory for the Thunder, who lead 2-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
MANNIX: Durant shows why he’s key to Thunder title hopesGALLERY: Rare Photos of Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant lofts the go-ahead shot over Pau Gasol during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Lakers-Thunder game. Oklahoma City trailed by seven with two minutes left but Durant scored nine late points to steal a 77-75 victory for the Thunder, who lead 2-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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