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OKC Thunder: Thunder's postseason rotation beginning to take shape

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.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 11, 2014

Beyond that, Steven Adams looks like the 10th man. Among the Thunder’s five first- or second-year players, he seems the most likely to carve out time in the playoffs. Needing more size and athleticism, he played the leftover 20 minutes in that Clippers game. But it’s night to night with him. Adams didn’t enter until mop-up time against the Pelicans on Friday.

So that leaves Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones and Andre Roberson on the outside looking in. The postseason marathon is all about matchups and in unique cases –Miami, for example – youth, length and speed would seem to be of greater need. So Lamb and Jones could find some time there.

But in the games and moments that define NBA seasons, rotations historically tend to tighten up. The cornerstone guys play nearly full games. The veterans are trusted more. The fringe guys get relegated to a greater degree.

This season, the Thunder has shown more roster versatility than ever. Brooks has never had more proven bench options.

But barring some unforeseen circumstances, the youngsters look buried in a playoff numbers game.