An offseason ended using the Thunder appearing as vulnerable as the Western Conference teams they were supposed to have an edge on.
Kevin Durant’s fractured foot was the blow, but then Anthony Morrow sprained his MCL. An arm rolled, and Jeremy Lamb’s back flared up.
Injuries are part of each preseason and summertime slate, and they’re bad news for everyone. However, for OKC, a team in position to take advantage of the Clippers’ advancement and the theoretical decrease of San Antonio, maladies’ onrush was.
The window of the Thunder is by no means closed. Healthy, they are a threat to knock completely anyone off. And if there aren’t any lingering effects from the present laundry list of injuries (Durant’s specifically ), they may even be favorites in the conference at that time the postseason rolls around.
At the exact same time, Oklahoma City’s playoff positioning could hurt. Heading into the dancing for a No. 4 seed leaves reaching the last round a whole lot harder. So Russell Westbrook Ibaka and second-year breakout candidate Steven Adams must compensate for their lost teammates’ production.
OKC belongs on the pedestal that is contending, however its footing is more shaky than expected.
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