An offseason ended using the Thunder looking as vulnerable as the Western Conference teams they were assumed to have an edge on.
Kevin Durant’s fractured foot was the blow, but Anthony Morrow sprained his MCL. Reggie Jackson rolled an arm, and Jeremy Lamb’s back flared up.
Injuries are a part of every preseason and summer slate, plus they’re bad news for everyone. But for OKC, a team in position to make the most of the Clippers’ improvement and San Antonio decline, maladies’ onrush was.
The window of the Thunder is by no means closed. Entirely healthy, they’re a threat to knock anyone off. And when there are no lingering effects from the present laundry list of accidents (Durant’s in particular), they might even be favorites at the seminar by the time the postseason rolls around.
At precisely the exact same time, Oklahoma City’s playoff positioning could damage. Heading into the dance for a No. 4 seed makes reaching the final round a great deal harder. So Russell Westbrook Ibaka and second-year breakout candidate Steven Adams must compensate for their teammates’ production.
OKC belongs on the contending base, but its own tower is shakier than expected.

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