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Alright, now let's get to the article. We here at WTLC are making an effort to keep you updated with everything Thunder. We will start to provide daily links of the top stories or top comments around the Internet regarding the Thunder and top stories/breaking news and injuries around the association. Enjoy!
Darnell Mayberry talking about if success has changed the attitude of Thunder fans: "Mounting regular season victories and deep playoff runs were fine when the Thunder, in its first four years, seemed to avoid the harsh realities of professional sports. But when Year 5 started with the blockbuster James Harden trade, attitudes began to change. The window of opportunity to win an NBA championship no longer looked as wide open as most once thought. Russell Westbrook's season-ending knee injury in last year's postseason only confirmed that growing conviction."
ESPN's yearly NBA player rankings has Serge Ibaka ranked as the 39th best player in the league: Ibaka is ranked just ahead of Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, but below Josh Smith, Ty Lawson and Tyson Chandler.
Darnell Mayberry's observations from Thunder's scrimmage: My favorite part of this article is "Two minutes into the scrimmage, Sefolosha made Fisher fall with a behind-the-back crossover, and Collison hoisted a 3 from straight away." If this is what we expect out of the Thunder, they may never win a game, but since it's just a scrimmage it has awesome and funny written all over it.
Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr pick the Thunder to win the Western Conference: "I think Oklahoma City, as good as they were last year, they're going to get Russell Westbrook back healthy and, assuming that they do, I think they end up with the best record." That was Steve Kerr talking about the Thunder and he's a little more optimistic about Westbrook's loss than Reggie Miller: "I don't think they're going to win as many games with him out, so I don't think home court advantage .. (But) at the end of the year, I think OKC will be the best team and they will represent the West."
Trey Burke suffers broken finger in preseason loss to Clippers; will miss 8-12 weeks: "Burke will be sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks, placing his return date sometime in December. He is expected to miss somewhere between 19 and 34 games.
Burke's injury news wasn't even the worst one of the day as Kings forward Carl Landry is forced to miss 3-4 months after hurting his hip and will require surgery: "Landry likely suffered the injury during the team's stint in Santa Barbara. According to the Kings, Landry sustained the tear during a "recent training camp practice". Prior to announcing surgery, Landry had sat out the team's first two preseason games against the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers."