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LeBron James knifes his way through the lane during Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals. James was voted SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year after winning his first NBA championship, the MVP Award and a gold medal in the Olympics. (John W. McDonough/SI)

JENKINS: LeBron won it all in 2012
GALLERY: Rare LeBron Photos

LeBron James knifes his way through the lane during Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals. James was voted SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year after winning his first NBA championship, the MVP Award and a gold medal in the Olympics. (John W. McDonough/SI)
JENKINS: LeBron won it all in 2012GALLERY: Rare LeBron Photos

Thunder forward Kevin Durant swoops to the hoop during Tuesday’s game against the Raptors. Durant scored 15 points as Oklahoma City rolled to a 108-88 victory. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

POWER RANKINGS: Thunder slide to No. 5 as Knicks slide into No. 3 slot

Thunder forward Kevin Durant swoops to the hoop during Tuesday’s game against the Raptors. Durant scored 15 points as Oklahoma City rolled to a 108-88 victory. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
POWER RANKINGS: Thunder slide to No. 5 as Knicks slide into No. 3 slot

LeBron James drives to the hoop during Game 2 of the NBA Finals last June. LeBron would lead the Heat to the NBA championship a few days later. Will the Heat repeat? SI’s Paul Forrester thinks the Heat will be even better this season.

FORRESTER: Southeast Division Preview | Atlantic Division
VIDEO PREVIEWS: Charlotte | Atlanta | Orlando | Washington

LeBron James drives to the hoop during Game 2 of the NBA Finals last June. LeBron would lead the Heat to the NBA championship a few days later. Will the Heat repeat? SI’s Paul Forrester thinks the Heat will be even better this season.
FORRESTER: Southeast Division Preview | Atlantic DivisionVIDEO PREVIEWS: Charlotte | Atlanta | Orlando | Washington

Kevin Durant is part of SI.com’s Preseason All-NBA team. Who else made the cut? Find out below. (Greg Nelson/SI)

GALLERY: SI.com’s Preseason All-NBA Team

Kevin Durant is part of SI.com’s Preseason All-NBA team. Who else made the cut? Find out below. (Greg Nelson/SI)
GALLERY: SI.com’s Preseason All-NBA Team

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
AMICK: Insiders believe Thunder are contenders
GALLERY: 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 WestAMICK: Insiders believe Thunder are contendersGALLERY: Rare Photos of Kevin Durant

This weeks’ SI cover features LeBron James skying for a dunk during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Although Serge Ibaka would wind up blocking this attempt, it makes for a great cover. (Greg Nelson/SI)

This weeks’ SI cover features LeBron James skying for a dunk during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Although Serge Ibaka would wind up blocking this attempt, it makes for a great cover. (Greg Nelson/SI)

These Thunder fans, who clearly take fashion advice from Russell Westbrook, pose for a photo before Tuesday’s game against the Heat in Miami. Unfortunately for these fans, things didn’t work out for Oklahoma City. LeBron James scored 26 points to go along with 12 assists and 9 rebounds as the Heat took a 3-1 series lead with a 104-98 victory. Miami will try and close out the series in front of its home crowd on Thursday. (Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

ROSENBERG: LeBron does it all in Heat victory
THOMSEN: LeBron fights cramps to beat Thunder
GALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 4
GALLERY: Russell Westbrook: Fashion Icon

These Thunder fans, who clearly take fashion advice from Russell Westbrook, pose for a photo before Tuesday’s game against the Heat in Miami. Unfortunately for these fans, things didn’t work out for Oklahoma City. LeBron James scored 26 points to go along with 12 assists and 9 rebounds as the Heat took a 3-1 series lead with a 104-98 victory. Miami will try and close out the series in front of its home crowd on Thursday. (Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)
ROSENBERG: LeBron does it all in Heat victoryTHOMSEN: LeBron fights cramps to beat ThunderGALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 4GALLERY: Russell Westbrook: Fashion Icon

LeBron James skies for a dunk on Serge Ibaka during Thursday’s Heat-Thunder game. Although Ibaka ended up blocking this attempt, James and Miami got the last laugh with a 100-96 win to tie up the NBA Finals at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Miami. (Greg Nelson/SI)

ROSENBERG: Heat prove to be stronger, grittier team in Game 2
THOMSEN: LeBron delivers with clutch play in fourth quarter
GALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 2

LeBron James skies for a dunk on Serge Ibaka during Thursday’s Heat-Thunder game. Although Ibaka ended up blocking this attempt, James and Miami got the last laugh with a 100-96 win to tie up the NBA Finals at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Miami. (Greg Nelson/SI)
ROSENBERG: Heat prove to be stronger, grittier team in Game 2THOMSEN: LeBron delivers with clutch play in fourth quarterGALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 2

Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade battle for a loose ball during Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Thunder and Heat last night. Oklahoma City prevailed 105-94 to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is on Thursday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ROSENBERG: Durant, Westbrook keys to Thunder victory
THOMSEN: Durant outplays LeBron in opening game win

Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade battle for a loose ball during Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Thunder and Heat last night. Oklahoma City prevailed 105-94 to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is on Thursday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ROSENBERG: Durant, Westbrook keys to Thunder victoryTHOMSEN: Durant outplays LeBron in opening game win

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)

SI EXPERTS: SI writers predict the Finals matchup
ROUNDTABLE: Sizing up the Finals’ biggest questions
THOMSEN: Why LeBron has advantage over Durant

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)
SI EXPERTS: SI writers predict the Finals matchupROUNDTABLE: Sizing up the Finals’ biggest questionsTHOMSEN: Why LeBron has advantage over Durant

Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)

HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title

Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)
HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title

Kevin Durant leads a fast break during Thursday’s 102-82 romp of the Spurs. Oklahoma City snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak but the Spurs still lead 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 is Saturday. (Greg Nelson/SI)

JENKINS: The series everyone was waiting for is underway
GALLERY: The most dominant playoff runs ever

Kevin Durant leads a fast break during Thursday’s 102-82 romp of the Spurs. Oklahoma City snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak but the Spurs still lead 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 is Saturday. (Greg Nelson/SI)
JENKINS: The series everyone was waiting for is underwayGALLERY: The most dominant playoff runs ever

San Antonio’s Manu Ginobli and Oklahoma City’s James Harden fight for a loose ball during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Ginobli scored 26 points to spark a second half rally as the Spurs prevailed, 101-98. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

HUBBARD: Spurs find their nasty streak in defeating Thunder
VIDEO: Steve Kerr on Spurs chances for another title

San Antonio’s Manu Ginobli and Oklahoma City’s James Harden fight for a loose ball during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Ginobli scored 26 points to spark a second half rally as the Spurs prevailed, 101-98. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HUBBARD: Spurs find their nasty streak in defeating ThunderVIDEO: Steve Kerr on Spurs chances for another title

Russell Westbrook led the way with 28 points on Monday as the Thunder dismissed the Lakers with a 106-90 victory in Oklahoma City. The Thunder will face the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

AMICK: Thunder get revenge for 2010 playoff loss to Lakers
VIDEO: How Staples Center hosted six games in four days


Russell Westbrook led the way with 28 points on Monday as the Thunder dismissed the Lakers with a 106-90 victory in Oklahoma City. The Thunder will face the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
AMICK: Thunder get revenge for 2010 playoff loss to LakersVIDEO: How Staples Center hosted six games in four days

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 hopes
GALLERY: 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)
MANNIX: Durant shows why he’s key to Thunder title hopesGALLERY: Rare Photos of Kevin Durant