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It’s easy to watch the Game 3 pounding the Oklahoma City Thunder just put on the San Antonio Spurs and lose your mind as a Boston fan.

“See, all we need to do is go home and play Celtics basketball!”

Shut up. Don’t put us in a position to look like all those delusional Lakers fans who thought beating the Thunder once in LA meant that Mike Brown could coach a moron like Andrew Bynum, or that Kobe could carry Ron Artest’s immaturity, Pau Gasol’s softness, and the Lakers bench’s ineptitude to an upset of a superior team without Phil Jackson’s triangle offense and wizardry.

The Thunder are a legitimate NBA contender with 3 big time players and a bunch of healthy role players that are clicking on all cylinders. The fact that they got manhandled the first two games in San Antonio is a testament to Greg Popavich, Tim Duncan, Ginobli, and Parker playing the best basketball they’ve played in at least 5 years. Without the Spurs in the way, the Thunder would roll everyone in the NBA in a 7 game series, and that includes the Heat and Celtics. Boston might win one in Beantown, and they could win one by 20+ if Eric Spolestra finds the balls to sit his 3 best players for the entire second half the way Popavich sat his stars tonight.

But that probably won’t happen. LeBron will play 40+ mins, wreak havoc on the 30 and over club, and make every game a marathon. I’ve been rooting for the Celtics since before the Hornets and Raptors even existed, but I’m a realistic jerkoff fan. I’ll scream at the TV bang on the walls when we manage to pull within 3 in the 4th quarter, and scream “F*ck LeBron” every time he blows a couple free throws, but that doesn’t mean I’ll forget who the healthier, younger, faster, and stronger team is in this series.

And neither should you.

Charles Co-Founded FTRsports in 2009 as something fun to do with his spare time. He's now insanely addicted to making it the greatest sports blog ever, which isn't hard because most sports blogs suck.

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