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The Oklahoma City Thunder Prove They Are Still Title Contenders

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After playing five games, the Oklahoma City Thunder are making the best of all the changes within the team over the last two seasons. Prior to the start of the year, it seemed like everyone was doubting this team. The Thunder had to deal with the same thing just before the beginning of last year when they traded away James Harden for Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb. Martin left for free-agency in the offseason, creating even more doubt within the Thunder’s organization.

The Thunder were left to hope that Lamb would be able to fill the void left by Martin. The future is looking very bright for this OKC team going into Sunday’s game against the Washington Wizards. Not only has Lamb come through early, but so has their 12th overall draft pick Steven Adams, and backup point-guard Reggie Jackson. In even better news, the early return of Russell Westbrook seems to have lit a fire underneath this entire roster. I don’t know if anyone on this team would be playing at this level if it weren’t for Westbrook. The blowout in the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves provided some solid ground for that statement to stand on.

Some would way that the Thunder haven’t played against any real tough opponents thus far. I don’t know how they could say such a thing personally. The Thunder played their best game of the early season just a few days ago against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons may have a lot to prove but they aren’t a team that’s going to be pushed around by anyone. I’m sure OKC took that game extremely seriously and walked away with a boost in their steadily rising level of confidence.

If that game isn’t enough to get you sold on the Thunder, they’ll sure enough have their chance to buy you off next week as they’re set to play back-to-back road games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. The Clippers sit at 3-3 after a two-game losing streak but nobody in their right mind is going to be counting them out just yet. Chris Paul will be a handful as he continues his early MVP campaign. Stephen Curry isn’t too far behind in that MVP race; he’s been lights out for the Warriors. Next week will be the first bug hurdle in the Thunder’s young season. They’ll be either taking a huge step in the right direction or a few steps the opposite way.

Brian Anderson is a NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrAnderson035 “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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