I’ve reflected. I’ve thought about it. Last night, I said I wasn’t sure if the Thunder’s win over the Heat was the biggest of the season. Today, I’m positive it is.
1) This was the roster that will go into the postseason with the Thunder. We’ve seen this group win (8-3 since the trade), but haven’t really seen them do it against an elite unit. We weren’t entirely sure where they stood. After the 96-85 win over the Heat that was pretty close to dominant, I think we have a sense. Kendrick Perkins has changed things, but more than that, Serge Ibaka has changed things. I think in getting caught up in what Perk adds, we’ve overlooked the maybe the best part of the trade — Ibaka is a starter and is consistently seeing 30-35 minutes a game. That’s huge.
2) OKC was just 2-7 against the top teams in each conference so far this season. The Thunder had only beaten Boston (without Durant) and Chicago (first game of the season). The Thunder has been missing some signature wins. Keep Reading…