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Nothin' but Net: Thunder starting to come alive

Philadelphia, PA ( - The Oklahoma City Thunder are the NBA's forgotten giants.When Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury in last season's playoffs, Kevin Durant and the Thunder had no chance to make the NBA Finals. It happened to be the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round who eliminated OKC, but if it wasn't Memphis, it would've been the San Antonio Spurs in the West Finals.No team can overcome the loss of a superstar, especially in May or June. The loss to the Grizzlies was nothing for the Thunder to be ashamed about. Injuries happen, it's just the timing that can hurt more than the physical pain.The loss hurt because the Thunder were legitimate title contenders. They lost the previous year to the Miami Heat in the Finals. They could've easily gotten back with a healthy Westbrook, but, as they say, that's how that goes.Fast-forward to training camp and the Thunder faced questions. Did they have that bench presence that James Harden and Kevin Martin provide...

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