Despite the spirited comeback, OKC blew its homecourt advantage in this best-of-seven NBA Finals against the Miami Heat (1-1) because of the sluggish start and early 17-point deficit, not because of a non-call against Kevin Durant in the closing seconds. True, LeBron James could have been (and should have been) assessed a foul on Durant's left-side drive that would have tied the game or earned him two free throws.
But how mature is the league's premier young star? Instead of complaining - justifiably - about the non-call, afterward he said, "I missed the shot, man," when asked about the sequence. (KD also caught a break from the refs a few minutes earlier, of course, on what would have been his own sixth and final foul. Maybe he was thinking about that).
Scotty Brooks' influence on Durant appears considerable. Brooks, the Manteca native and former Kings assistant, doesn't have a contract beyond this season. Somewhat remarkably, he hasn't allowed that to become a major story, or apparently, a distraction for his team.