An offseason ended with the Thunder looking as vulnerable as the Western Conference teams that they were assumed to have an edge on.
Anthony Morrow sprained his MCL, although kevin Durant’s fractured foot has been the blow off. Reggie Jackson rolled an ankle, and Jeremy Lamb’s back flared up.
Injuries are part of every summertime and preseason slate, and they’re bad news for everybody. But for OKC, a group in position to take advantage of the Clippers’ minimal advancement and San Antonio’s theoretical decline, maladies’ onrush was particularly ill-timed.
The window of the Thunder is by no means closed. Healthy, they are a danger to knock off anyone. And if there aren’t any lingering effects from the current laundry list of accidents (Durant’s specifically ), they may even be favorites at the seminar by the time the postseason rolls around.
At precisely the same time, playing at less than full power could hurt Oklahoma City’s playoff positioning. Heading to the dance for a No. 4 seed makes 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.
OKC still belongs on the base that is competing, but its own tower is more shaky than expected.
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