SGA And The Thunder Face The Clippers

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SGA and the Thunder face the Clippers

OKC went from being written off early in the season to being ahead of schedule and now looking like a legitimate playoff contender.

The Thunder have won seven of their past nine games, vaulting them to eighth place in the Western Conference and one game behind the Golden State Warriors for the sixth spot. If the Thunder can earn a playoff spot, it will demonstrate OKC’s bright future.

They are headed by All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is presently fourth in scoring in league with 31.4 points per game. SGA has been out with an injury or inactive by OKC for the last two years. Any doubts regarding his ability to be the greatest player on a winning team should finally be dispelled.

We accomplished this just by sheer resolve and cunning. /He’s flourished in the gloomy middle and the paint. Regarding players carrying baggage, SGA has an entire balikbayan box.

OKC has an interesting young bunch they selected with their boatloads of choices throughout the years, in addition to Maple Jordan. There’s Aussie playmaker Josh Giddey, who has improved his shot-making significantly. Lu Dort is still a defensive threat and a streaky scorer. Jalen Williams, a rookie, has surpassed everyone’s expectations since the selection.

The only thing OKC needs is a big guy. The good news is that they won’t have to seek one in the summer since they have 2022 second-round selection Chet Holmgren, who should be returning from a foot ailment next season.

The Los Angeles Clippers, like the Thunder, are undoubtedly the club that no higher seed wants to face in the playoffs. They’re back to full strength and have been putting in some much-needed practice time. The Clippers, who have a 38-34 record and are just one game behind Phoenix for fourth place, should not be underestimated.

This is the year we get a healthy Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the playoffs. After joining forces in the 2019 offseason, the two have yet to complete a full playoff season. They now have an opportunity to prove why they were the preseason favorite to win the title.

It was wobbly at first, but Kawhi has steadied his season. He’s on track to end the season with approximately 50 games, around the number of games he’s played every season since joining the Toronto Raptors. He’s increased his scoring to 23.8 points per game on 51.3 percent shooting, which is a near-miracle given how rusty he was at the start of the season. George is enjoying an underappreciated season, scoring 23.9 points while shooting 45/37/87.

The Clippers’ supporting cast is what will win them the game. They are a legitimate 10-man group capable of matching playstyles with any club in the West. Overall, they’re an older bunch with another gear to hit once the playoffs begin.