So far, Kevin Durant, has missed the first 6 weeks of the season while healing a fracture in his foot.
The Thunder have struggled mightily in the opening part of the season as they, so far have played to just a record of 5-12. While the Thunder’s poor start is not solely a result of the absence of Kevin Durant, as the Thunder were also without the services of all-star point guard Russell Westbrook.
Without the services of both Westbrook and Durant, the Thunder stumbled out of the starting gates this season and will have a lot of work to do if they hope to get themselves firmly in the playoff picture.
Westbrook returned from his injury on Friday November 28th for the Thunder’s contest with the New York Knicks, and helped lead the Thunder to a dominate victory over an over matched Knicks team, simply destroying the Knicks 105-78.
As helpful as the return of Westbrook was to the game on Friday and to the Thunder as a whiole, they should become even more dominate when the reigning MVP of the league makes his season debut on Tuesday as the Thunder hope to continue their pursuit of earning a .500 record as they look to become part of the conversation for the NBA finals once again.
If Friday’s game was anything to judge by, the Thunder are a massively better team with the services of Russell Westbrook, and when you add a player a skilled as Kevin Durant to that lineup, the Thunder’s performance should only continue to improve.
While the Thunder have certainly struggled early in this season without the services of their two best players for the majority of their games so far, given a little time to knock off any rust that Durant may have, the Thunder should regain their form as a championship caliber squad.
Their first look at their roster’s full potential comes tonight, and Thunder fans should be hopeful that things will start to pick up soon.