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How the new OKC Thunder crunch-time lineup looks

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01:34 PM ET 11.14 | Trailing by 11 entering the fourth quarter of their last game vs. the Detroit Pistons, the Oklahoma City Thunder played five guys the entire final 12 minutes to come back and win the game. Those five guys look like the new crunch-time lineup for OKC: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant. It's a small lineup and the Thunder are at their best with those five on the floor together. Through eight games this season, the Thunder have an offensive rating of 103.4. With this lineup in the game, that rating shoots up to 125.6. Defensively, the Thunder have been better with this lineup out there as well improving their defensive rating from 94.7 all the way down to 80.6. It's still early in the year and we only have a small sample size (24 minutes) with this core playing together but it was very clear two nights ago that this will be the new closing lineup in OKC.

How the new OKC Thunder crunch time lineup looks

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Getty Images/  Dan Lippitt Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Getty Images/ Dan Lippitt
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November 15, 2012  04:27 AM ET
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1st

DOGGY-STYLE!!!

November 15, 2012  05:00 AM ET

"Those five guys look like the new crunch-time lineup for OKC: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant. It's a small lineup and the Thunder are at their best with those five on the floor together" .....Maybe I'm counting wrong but I only see 4 guys mentioned....who's the fifth guy?... :-)

November 15, 2012  07:45 AM ET
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"Those five guys look like the new crunch-time lineup for OKC: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant. It's a small lineup and the Thunder are at their best with those five on the floor together" .....Maybe I'm counting wrong but I only see 4 guys mentioned....who's the fifth guy?... :-)

maybe Durant counts as 2

November 15, 2012  08:14 AM ET

"Those five guys look like the new crunch-time lineup for OKC: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant."

I thought I was bad at math.

November 15, 2012  08:41 AM ET
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"Those five guys look like the new crunch-time lineup for OKC: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant." I thought I was bad at math.

In any event, I don't reall care who OKC care to add to that list, they will be hardpressed to win the West, let alone beat the Heat in any final. They could beat them last year and they certainly won't beat them this year.....not with that lineup. The change that they made wasn't the change they needed to make. Now the need to make some more changes through trades if they expect at the very least to win the west.

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November 15, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Play 48 Minutes And You Will Be Fine, Bros.

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November 15, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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"Those five guys look like the new crunch-time lineup for OKC: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant." I thought I was bad at math.

Ibaka has to be #5.

 
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