After a season filled with injuries, youthful integration, a pile of 10-day contracts and a midseason veteran signing, the dust is beginning to settle.
The Thunder’s postseason rotation is starting to take shape.
And if you’re a Thunder fan who advocates a youth movement at the back end, you might want to look away.
With Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha back in the fold, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks has all the veteran options he could dream of at his disposal. And it’s looking like a majority of the allotted on-court time is going to be filled with them.
In the Thunder’s 116-94 win over New Orleans on Friday night, all 13 active players got in the game. It was a laugher from start to finish. But come playoff time, there aren’t going to be many — or likely any — blowouts like that.
So the better case study came on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. It was a meaningful game with a playoff feel. And with the entire roster available, it gave a brief peek into what we’ll likely see during the two-month trek that begins next weekend.
Against the Clippers, Sefolosha got 24 minutes and Perkins got 22, a combined 46 of an available 240 that weren’t being taken up as recently as last week.
And beyond those two, Brooks gave his three stars a combined 104, his sixth man 24 and his three bench vets 47. That’s the expected nine-man rotation: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Perkins, Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, Caron Butler, Derek Fisher and Nick Collison.