He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports. The Spurs won 62 games, grabbing the best record in basketball.
The Rockets offense is a behemoth to overcome, and this is where they will have a significant edge on the Thunder.
This NBA Playoffs series not only features two NBA superstars, but James Harden of the Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder are the top two contenders of the MVP race and will be on the court at the same time in primetime for the first game of this series on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
"I didn't have the personnel that I need", Harden said Friday. "I've been like that since I was a little kid". I don't worry about being exhausted.
Still, I think both teams probably feel confident on either court. He played through a jammed left wrist for about two weeks and had other assorted ailments. Abrines knocked in three 3s, giving him 94 on the season, one more than Harden sank during 2009-10. The OKC Thunder have been a decent team, not as good as when Durant was playing, but good enough.
For Houston coach Mike D'Antoni, it's the first postseason win since April 27, 2008, with Phoenix.
According to ESPN, Harden told reporters, "I think that's the most important thing".
"He played a very, very good game", Donavan said. It's hard to argue. The MVP award is going to be between these two players, and it should be because of the outstanding season they have produced. Years later, Olajuwon would concede that Robinson deserved the MVP that season. His numbers looked like this: 26.4 points per game (most since 2013-14), 8.6 rebounds per game (career-high) and 8.7 assists per game (career-high), all while shooting 55 percent from the field (best mark since '13-'14).
However, since the Warriors are "only" 67-15 this year after going 73-9 last season, and since Curry is averaging almost five fewer points than he was in 2015-16 while making 78 fewer three-pointers, he's not generating much MVP buzz. The Warriors are once again the number one team in the West despite a couple of experiments to their roster since last year's title loss to the Cavs.
The Thunder went on to lose in five games to the Grizzlies in the second round. "That's never gonna change", Harden said at the Rockets' shootaround Sunday morning. Patrick Beverley is reviled by the OKC fanbase despite doing something that every point guard still does to this day.
Despite having a worse performance this year than his record-setting 2015-16 campaign, Curry is still averaging 25.3 points and 6.6 assists a game and has made an NBA-leading 324 three-pointers. Westbrook offered a reminder of how unstoppable he can be, from the drive and dunk to seal the Thunder win in the first game between the teams this season, to the 18 points he put up in the fourth quarter of the final meeting. His seven Finals triple-doubles are second-most behind Magic Johnson's eight. Some bad luck and a little help from the National Basketball Association and your team blows a 3-1 lead and loses the Championship.
Adding to that are the array of shooters that Houston has, with Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon both perimeter threats and Harden will look for them as he penetrates the Thunders defence. But there's nuance behind the numbers, and the two-time defending Western Conference champions understand how valuable he is on both ends - and in the locker room.
But with all the work Harden performed this season, will it slow him down in the second season?
I felt very happy for Russell, because it was a tremendous treat, historic in nature, because - you know, it's just a amusing thing that, when I did these things in the '60s, no one even knew anything - knew what a triple-double was.