Defensively, the Thunder has been a top-10 team most of the season. OKC currently is limiting opponents to 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points per 100 possessions, ranking eighth overall.
There's reason to believe the best that we saw from the Thunder before the break will be what we see down the stretch.
Historically, the Thunder has performed rather well after the All-Star break. Since Durant made his All-Star debut in 2010, the Thunder has compiled a 60-31 record after the break, winning 20 games each season in the stretch run.
Additionally, the production of Durant and Westbrook doesn't tail off. Their respective statistical averages are both virtually identical throughout their careers before and after the All-Star Game.
With the Thunder being able to bank on consistency from its All-Star duo, the team's success down the stretch figures to be contingent on two things: its role players continuing to effectively carry some of the load and OKC re-establishing the defensive focus that helped it rip through much of the season's first two months.
If those two things happen, you can forget any talk of OKC needing to flip the switch.
The Thunder could end the season playing lights out.