Oklahoma City is still searching for a consistent third scoring option while also attempting to solve the season-long mystery that is its bench struggles.
According to a recent survey of NewsOK.com readers, 62 percent of more than 700 polled think the Thunder is worse without Harden.
Various other quibbles, such as the lack of a “true” low post scorer, the coach not playing certain players, erratic ball movement and, of course, Derek Fisher's playing time among other things, has only added to the belief that the Thunder would be hard-pressed to knock off Miami in a potential Finals rematch.
Then there's the matter of whether the team's All-Star duo is ready to sprout in this year's postseason and offset any and all flaws, or if the tandem will continue to be handcuffed by their biggest weaknesses. The Thunder, after all, has been plagued at times this season by Kevin Durant's turnovers and Russell Westbrook's tantrums.
Only 17 regular season games remain in this vengeful journey.
Soon, the answer to the only question that matters will be revealed to us.
Exactly what are we to make of this year's Thunder?