Thunder, Spurs ready to finally settle West's best

By Paul J. Weber

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, May 26 2012 3:15 p.m. MDT

Durant this week brushed off the Thunder's troubles defending San Antonio's slash-and-kickouts that set up so many of those 3-point looks. He also grew noticeably annoyed by questions about how the Thunder will stop the Spurs — "You've got to ask me about how we're going to come at them," Durant shot back — and was asked before boarding a plane to San Antonio on Saturday whether they're leaving as underdogs.

"Everybody's always been using that, 'We're too young for this and it's not our time, we're not ready,'" Durant said.

The Thunder say they are.

"Our success is just not overnight. It just doesn't happen," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "It happens through all of the effort that guys put in. This series is going to be the same thing."

AP Sports Writer Jeff Latzke in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.

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