The Thunder enjoyed three wins against sub .500 teams last week and then ran into a buzzsaw Clippers team that is bursting at the seams to make statement games. I think tonight's game against the Mavericks will tell us a lot more about the Thunder than the Clippers loss did; OKC must regroup and come out with a better game plan than the last outing in Big-D.
From Around the League:
|SB Nation||1 (5)||Thunder won't sleepwalk through the season, but Monday's loss proves that they have to be mentally locked in early against the elites of the West.|
|ESPN - Hollinger||3 (5)||OKC joins the Heat and Nuggets as the most efficient offensive teams in the league.|
|ESPN - Stein||2 (2)||A sad note - if the Thunder hadn't lost to the Wizards, they would have won 12 in a row before this past Monday's loss.|
|NBA.com||2 (2)||Thunder about to run through a number of playoff teams, all of which will test their competitive resolve.|
|Sports Illustrated||3 (2)||Robson makes a good point about Westbrook, but here is the counter - why must we assume RW must change, rather than the team build its own offensive identity around his and Durant's skill-sets?|
|ProBasketballTalk||1 (3)||We're about to find out if Dirk Nowitzki truly is not concerned about the Thunder in the west.|
|HoopSpeak||3 (3)||Thunder still a bit top-heavy as both Durant and Westbrook seek to extend their in-game influences.|
|Hoopsworld||1 (2)||OKC has received criticism for its relatively soft schedule, but keep in mind that they've played more games on the road than at home.|
|Behind the Basket||2 (6)||Thunder are good. Also, Westbrook turns the ball over a lot.|
|FoxSports||3 (2)||Thunder best in the west, despite the beating they took on Monday.|
|Covers||1 (2)||Thunder are meeting their high expectations.|
|CBS Sports||3 (2)||Blake Griffin, the smiling Ringwraith.|
|Bleacher Report||1 (3)||OKC moves to the top, but for how long?|
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