May 3, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after making a three point shot against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second quarter in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014, Thunder vs. Grizzlies final score: Oklahoma City eliminates Memphis 120-109


Things were looking pretty iffy for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they went from being in a series they should own to a series that put them on the brink of embarrassing first round elimination. But while the Memphis Grizzlies had played admirably the entire series, steering a few key moments that maybe should have gone the other way, it was all Oklahoma City in Game 7 and the Thunder are off to face the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kevin Durant continued his push to erase that while ‘Mr. Unreliable’ moniker that was applied ever so briefly and it clearly has made him even more possessed than he already was. Not only is he having an MVP season but he’s starting to turn it on in the postseason right when Scott Brooks and the Thunder need him to.

What the Thunder have to worry about now is how close to the brink the Grizzlies took them and how they can stop a markedly better team in the Clippers from doing the same thing. The Thunder have the advantage of age, wisdom and playoff experience but Los Angeles has the advantage of hubris, youth and momentum.

They survived the Grizzlies, something they couldn’t do last season, but the work is hardly over and the drama with the Thunder only seems to have just begun.

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