Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  5 responses

Jason Terry: OKC Thunder the Team to Beat

Despite his self-confidence and bravado, Jason Terry acknowledges that what’s becoming increasingly clear. To win the West, teams will have to take out the OKC Thunder. From the Dallas Morning News: “Jason Terry was the one Maverick who had some offensive spunk on Wednesday night. He also made it clear after the Mavericks’ 95-86 loss to Oklahoma City just where things stand in the Western Conference – for the moment. ‘They’re the team to beat,’ Terry said of the Thunder. ‘They’re playing the best right now, and that’s fine with us. For the time being, they are the team to beat. And they are playing very well together. Can they be beaten? Yes. They just were the better team tonight.’ In other words, the Mavericks know you can’t win a title in February and they like the fact that they have played the Thunder tough in three meetings already this season.”

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  • clutch

    That’s what some people don’t understand. You don’t win an nba championship by having the best record in the nba and beating teams that you’ve faced in the playoffs a season ago. If records mattered, than lebron would have 2 back to back rings and derrick rose would have won last year. Playoffs is the only thing that matters. As far as I’m concerned, as long as you qualify for them, than the regular season means nothing.

  • http://Twitter.com/@TheHomieNate @TheHomieNate

    Soooo the Clippers and Wizards beat OKC…are the Clippers and Wizards now the team to beat?

  • shawnkemp4prez

    Jet is right about OKC. With their chemistry, energy, consistency, and depth, they are the top dog in the west. I’m not writing off the Mavs as contenders either, but they need that rhythm that OKC already has, and soonish.

  • LA Huey

    I’m surprised someone that has the cojones to publicly challenge Kobe and LeBron would just cede that title. But then again, he probably loves underdog status.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    the whole “champs are the team to beat always” thing is stupid to me. If the champs are playing well, then sure, give them some extra wiggle room as team to beat. but when another team is clearly the best, give them credit. props to JT for saying it like it is. mavs were champs last year. OKC is the team to beat