Until recently, the Thunder had been one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA this season. Expectations for the team were sky high, and with their abundance of talent, they were expected to challenge the Warriors in the West. Paul Pierce even picked the Thunder to win the championship pre-season. However, the team struggled out of the gate, and falling under .500 after signing Paul George and Carmelo Anthony left a lot of fans scratching their heads. It didn’t look like this team was going to reach its potential.
But recently, OKC has shown promise. The Thunder are currently on a 4-game win streak, rolling offensively, and looking like the team everyone expected they would be before the season started. They are currently coming off a dominant 148-124 win over the Cavaliers. This might’ve been just the game the Thunder needed to help them put everything together. The Cavs’ defense has been questionable recently, and OKC was able to put on a clinic, getting 36 points from Paul George, 23 and 20 assists from Westbrook, and 29 from Carmelo Anthony. Seeing this team mesh and get in that kind of flow offensively should leave Thunder fans very optimistic, and fans of the rest of the league on edge. Right now OKC sits at 26-20, and in the 5th spot in the western conference standings, 3 games behind the Spurs. With a scheduling break between now and their February 6th meeting with the Warriors, look for the Thunder to maintain their hot streak and continue to raise eyebrows and climb up in the standings.