Peep this chart, bruh:
The OKC Thunder now have the strongest likelihood of advancing to the NBA Finals and ultimately win the world championship among all the remaining NBA organizations (according to fivethirtyeight).
ICYMI: the Thunder continued to shock the NBA world last night with a collosollay important Game 1 victory against The Warriors in Golden State. OKC now holds home-court-advantage in the best of 7 series. The future, in terms of series-math and statistical projections, hasn’t been as bright for the Thunder all year as it is now. And while KD is absolutely correct when he says “What’s to celebrate? We didn’t win he championship”, the Thunder’s latest NBA-feat is worth a moment of applause and adoration.
Since February of 2015, the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors have won a combined 93.57% of their home games. That’s absolutely fucking insane. Just this season, these two NBA powerhouses combined for a 96.34% home-court winning percentage, with Golden State and San Antonio losing 2 and 1 home game(s), respectively.
The OKC Thunder is now 3-0 in the month of May while playing those same dominant powerhouses on their home court. Whammy.
It seems like the projection machines at fivethirtyeight took into account the extreme unlikeliness of the Thunder coming away with these 3 upset victories. As you can see in their same projections from just last week, OKC only had a 10% chance of making the NBA Finals and only a 6% chance of winning the whole thang (a 46% and 30% jump from week to week, respectively).