OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after scoring while fouled against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night by a final score of 106-90. The Thunder won the series 4-1 and will now advance to their second straight Western Conference Finals.
There has been tons of talk about how the Cavaliers need to follow the same model as OKC to rebuild their team. It's easier said than done, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are showing that if you can execute the model -- it works. The Cavaliers may have their superstar already in Kyrie Irving, but nailing the draft and getting some other solid pieces to create a complete team is crucial.
I know it's really hard to do, but for a small market team like Cleveland or OKC, there is no other option. The NBA Lottery is May 30th and the actual draft is in late June. The Cavaliers will take another big step towards rebuilding a contender and following in the footsteps of the Thunder.
Chris Grant and company have their work cut out for them, but to reach the heights of the Thunder, it's the best way. It's the only way.