Oklahoma City Thunder: Time to get down to business

With the NBA season in the home stretch, the Thunder seems to be in position of needing to relocate its proverbial switch before flicking it back on.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 18, 2013


photo - REACTION: Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks reacts during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2013. Miami won 110-100. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
REACTION: Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks reacts during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2013. Miami won 110-100. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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