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Credit Oklahoma City???s stifling defense for their whirlwind through the league as they sport some of the best defensive players in the league.  Although known for putting up a plethora of points on the scoreboard, both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have both carved strong reputations as lock down defenders.  Westbrook is probably one of the best on the ball defenders in the league averaging about 2 steals per game while Durant???s quick hands will either swipe or swat the ball away from his opponents.  Let us not forget that the Thunder boasts one of the most intimidating front line with the league???s leading shot blocker in Serge Ibaka and defensive stalwart in the paint Kendrick Perkins.  Together with Durant and Westbrook, OKC???s starting five accounts for almost six blocks and four steals per game so far this season.


Some may question the Thunder???s ability to contend for a title because of its one dimensional offense that runs through just Durant and Westbrook; however, one must take into account that most of their offense comes off of transition points as a result of turnovers.  Both Durant and Westbrook are always at the front of the line once a turnover occurs and they grab the ball leaving both their opponents and their teammates in the dust.  So the fact that they dominate the ball is not so much a detriment of the team as they are the recipients of their team???s great defense.  Either Serge or KD swats them, Perk pounds them, or Russ swipes it from them???no opponent is safe from this Thundering Herd (which would have been a perfect name for OKC???s team if it were not for Marshall taking it).  And that is what makes them a team in the running for making the NBA Finals and winning it as so far, no one can stop them, even the supposed best in the league.  (Click here to finish reading this post and so much more on JT's Hoops Blog)

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