Settle down, Mascot... I didn't say that they get better seeding because the league likes them better. I said that they have an advantage by having home court in 2/3 games. If both teams win their divisions (highly likely), the next tiebreaker is head-to-head record. So if both teams win the games on their own floors, OKC owns the season series and the tiebreaker.
Per my example... if the Clippers go 57-22 against the rest of the league (minus OKC), and OKC goes 56-23 against the rest of the league (minus the Clippers) PLUS both teams win their home games against each other, their records would be tied at 58-24 - but OKC would get the better seed based on their 2-1 record against the Clippers.
And Yemi, we were also 2-3 at Staples last year including the playoffs, so it's just as easy to say that they know how to beat us there. So while I agree that home court might not be the be all and end all, I'd rather have it against them in the playoffs than not - and the season series could end up deciding that.
Game #5 in the semis was the point where our season went tits-up... and it was in their redneck palace. Maybe CP3 makes clutch FT's in front of his own fans... or gets away with his touch-foul on a hail mary 3... or doesn't decide to be cute with the ball because he's worried about being stripped with no call... or actually gets a call when he was mugged by Sefo on the very last play... maybe Barnes gets the correct out-of-bounds call at home. There is absolutely no way we lose that game in that fashion in Los Angeles.
I just hate that we only have game #1 of the entire season to get ahead in the season series, and then we STILL have to take one from them in their house later on. Let's not forget how flat we came out against a weak laker team last year on opening night. If we lose game #1 this year, we will almost certainly lose the season series and any subsequent tiebreaker. We will HAVE to get the better record to get the better seed. They will only have to tie to get the better seed.
Hence, it is an advantage for OKC... as if they needed another one with the inordinate amount of times the stick-insect goes to the line as a jumpshooter.