Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Like most teams, the Thunder have used the preseason to do a fair amount of tinkering in their lineups during their first two games (both losses). OKC is naturally concerned about a few issues, the biggest three of which are:
- Do they have a reliable backup at center?
- Who is going to be the backup point guard, Eric Maynor or Reggie Jackson?
- How will the team utilize rookie Perry Jones III?
Kendrick Perkins has a bum wrist, which is expected to keep him sidelined through the remainder of these dress rehearsals. Thabo Sefolosha has been slowed by a troublesome quadriceps muscle and has yet to suit up. Serge Ibaka missed the opener with a quad injury. Russell Westbrook got a rare rest at Utah.Thunder coach Scott Brooks already has said Kevin Durant will sit a game, maybe even two, and Westbrook at some point will get another night off.Suddenly, chemistry is a concern for a team that returned largely intact following its trek to the NBA Finals.
How do you think the Thunder's chemistry will be effected due to the uneven preseason?
No effect at all; OKC will follow Durant's lead and be fine (12 votes)
Small effect - could result in early season losses, but nothing damaging (8 votes)
Material effect - in a close race in the west, careless losses could cost a seeding (2 votes)
Major effect - early struggles could mean a team like Denver could win the Northwest (2 votes)
other - write in below (0 votes)
24 total votes