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Thunder No. 2 in SI's Western Conference Power Rankings

www.si.com Published: August 27, 2014
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It's the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the top of the Western Conference again.


Sports Illustrated released its offseason power rankings, and last season's Western Conference finalists are 1-2 in the West. From Ben Golliver:


"2. Oklahoma City Thunder: The franchise's first championship of the Oklahoma City era is within reach if it can simply avoid the bad luck that piled up throughout last season. A career year from Kevin Durant, who surpassed James in both the MVP race and Player Efficiency Rating, carried the team through Russell Westbrook's multiple absences, but it wasn't enough to make up for Serge Ibaka's devastating calf injury that limited him during the conference finals. Still, it took a vintage performance from Duncan to slay the Thunder in six games, and Oklahoma City can take heart knowing that it posted a 6-2 record against San Antonio last season when Ibaka played."



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