The Thunder recovered from their three game skid against the Spurs, Magic, and Lakers to win three in a row off of the Pacers, Hawks, and Suns. Which of those seems more significant???
Regardless, they now have a stretch of four games leading up to their re-match against the Heat, and the Thunder would do well not to look too far ahead. The 76ers are knocking on a playoff spot, and the Wizards took the Thunder to overtime in OKC. We're nearing the home stretch; now is not the time to get complacent, especially with teams like the Grizzlies on their heels.
From Around the NBA:
|SB Nation||8 (9)||Pleas from afar for Kendrick Perkins to heal quickly. Amen.|
|ESPN - Hollinger||9 (9)||The Thunder have basically been playing .500 ball for a month.|
|ESPN - Stein||7 (8)||Grizzlies coming on strong; have three wins against both Thunder AND the Mavericks.|
|NBA.com||7 (8)||The Thunder are locked into the 4th seed, as long as things don't fall apart.|
|CBS Sports||n/a (11)||n/a|
|ProBasketballTalk||7 (8)||If the Thunder stay in the 4th seed, this would mean that the Spurs potentially loom in the 2nd round. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though.|
|Hoopsworld||7 (8)||Thunder have yet to really reap any benefit from the big trades.|
|Behind the Basket||9 (9)||Rest of the month isn't difficult, but the Thunder really need to become more consistent to be ready for the playoffs.|
|FoxSports||9 (7)||Stuck in the mud since taking over the division lead, still ahead of the Nuggets and Trail Blazers.|
|SportsIllustrated||8 (10)||Going small down the stretch has hurt the Thunder in the paint; the addition of Nazr Mohammed doesn't help if he's on the bench.|
|Covers||9 (9)||The trades have not held up on the gambling front, as the team is 2-4 ATS.|