Finding The Good In A Not So Good Situation
By Addam Francisco
Yet another surgical procedure to forward Kevin Durant tests the Oklahoma City Thunder during this 2014-2015 regular season. As many may know, Kevin Durant had a procedure to help alleviate discomfort he was having in his surgically repaired foot due to a jones fracture early in the season.
Positive thinkers like myself can find (some) good in this because this gives the new additions, D.J. Augustin, Enes Kanter, Steve Novak and Kyle Singler a chance to get a little more playing time than they normally would and put a little more of the spotlight on them. This could be great going into the playoffs, letting the bench get some experience playing so that Durant and Westbrook won't get tired like they seemingly have the past few years in the later rounds of the playoffs. Players that don't have much, or any playoff experience like Mitch McGary, Andre Roberson and Jeremy Lamb may be presented the opportunity to display what they can do while Durant is out of the lineup.
The Thunder are on a six game winning streak currently, while just recently beating the Denver Nuggets Sunday night, without Durant, 119-94 with five players scoring double figures, three players scoring 20 points or more and Russell Westbrook with a double-double, 21 points and career high 17 assists. Enes Kanter scored his second double-double in his first two games with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The future looks very bright for the Thunder, not only for the rest of this year but for many years to come. During this six game winning streak, the margin of victory is an average of 16 points, so it's safe to say all of their wins lately have been landslides. I am happy to see the direction our Oklahoma City Thunder are going, hopefully when Durant gets back they can make a run in the playoffs.