An offseason ended with the Thunder appearing as vulnerable as the Western Conference teams they were assumed to have an edge on.
Kevin Durant foot has been the biggest blow, but Anthony Morrow sprained his MCL. An ankle rolled, and Jeremy Lamb’s back flared up.
Injuries are part of each preseason and summer slate, plus they are bad news for everyone. But for OKC, a group in position to take advantage of the Clippers’ advancement and San Antonio decrease, maladies’ onrush was.
The window of the Thunder is by no means closed. Healthy, they’re a threat to knock absolutely anyone . And when there are no lingering effects from the present laundry list of injuries (Durant’s in particular), they might even be favorites in the conference by the time the postseason rolls around.
At the same time, Oklahoma City’s playoff positioning could hurt. Heading into the dancing as a No. 4 seed leaves reaching the final round a whole lot harder. So second-year breakout candidate Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook Ibaka must compensate for their teammates’ production.
Its own tower is more shaky than expected, although OKC belongs on the base.
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