An promising offseason ended with the Thunder appearing as vulnerable since the Conference teams they were assumed to have an edge on.
Anthony Morrow sprained his MCL, although kevin Durant foot has been the biggest blow off. Reggie Jackson rolled an arm, and Jeremy Lamb’s back flared up.
Injuries are a part of every summertime and preseason slate, plus they are bad news for everyone. However, for OKC, a group in position to take advantage of the Clippers’ improvement and the theoretical decrease of San Antonio, the onrush of all maladies was especially ill-timed.
The window of the Thunder is by no means closed. Healthy, they’re a danger to knock anyone. And when there are no lingering effects from the current laundry list of injuries (Durant’s in particular), they may even be favorites at the seminar by the time the postseason rolls around.
At the same time, Oklahoma City’s playoff positioning could damage. Heading to the dance as a No. 4 seed makes reaching the final round a whole lot harder. So second-year breakout candidate Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka must compensate for their teammates’ production.
Its footing is more shaky than anticipated, although OKC still belongs on the pedestal that is competing.