We can do a lot of analysis, a lot of sorting, a lot of parsing of stats, lineups and decisions.
But in the end, it’s a pretty simple thing here: The Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant are much, much, much, much better than the Oklahoma City Thunder without Kevin Durant.
Much better. Much.
Here’s a recent example: The Thunder led 83-76 after three quarters tonight against the Nets. The second unit started the fourth, and within four minutes, the game was tied 85-85. The Batmans signal went up and Durant and Russell Westbrook headed for the scoretable to check back in.
In a little less than two minutes, it was now 96-85, and the Thunder were headed for a cruise control kind of win over the Nets. It was an explosive 11-0 run that happened faster than you can say mustache. Keep Reading…