ppens all the time, including Wednesday.
Some things I never thought I would see or hear this season in the Ford Center:
→The repeated chant of "M-V-P” from the home crowd.
→The same four players starting all 82 games.
→Sophomore Russell Westbrook improving so much so fast.
→Rookie James Harden being so poised and such a solid rebounder and playmaker.
→Rookie Serge Ibaka averaging more than 18 minutes, shooting 54.3 percent from the field and blocking 97 shots in 73 games.
→Rookie Eric Maynor being in a Thunder uniform at all, let alone sparking Wednesday’s victory with 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
Some things I actually did envision:
→Durant threatening for the scoring title.
→Thabo Sefolosha being considered one of the league’s top defenders.
→Jeff Green being more valuable than people seem to realize.
→Nick Collison and Nenad Krstic proving they are valuable commodities.
→The Thunder excelling in home attendance (seventh in capacity).
→Scott Brooks being a Coach-of-the-Year candidate and Sam Presti being up for Executive of the Year, but that was with an 11-win improvement from last season, not a 27-game bump that ties for the eighth-biggest turnaround in NBA history.
All in all, and for all the right reasons, the 2009-10 season was not what we envisioned for the Thunder.
And there’s more to come.
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