Legendary Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has seen the Oklahoma City Thunder play three times already this season and now Bryant has called Thunder as a strong contender too along with Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs for Western Conference title.
Speaking to The Oklahoman, Bryant said: “You get in these close situations, close end-game situations, and Oklahoma is just as dangerous as either one of those clubs [referring to Warriors and Spurs].”
“With Russell and KD, those guys get to the basket and put a lot of pressure on your defense. A lot of pressure. So I wouldn’t discount them one bit.”
According to Kobe, Thunder’s most dangerous weapon is the Durant and Westbrook pick-and-roll: “They’re hard to defend period,” Kobe said.
“Go small, you can obviously stretch the floor a lot more, got shooters on the floor. Russell penetrating and they run that 1-4 screen-and-roll with Durant at the top and shooters spread. It’s tough to understand where those rotations are coming from. You have (Brandon) Bass trying to cover shooters on the short porch, in this case Ibaka. You try to stay attached to him and then Russell is barrelling down on top of you. So those are tough to cover.”
Thunder are currently placed at third in the West at 26-12, with Durant missing in action for six games in mid-November and by losing to Sacramento Kings last week. Four of the Thunder’s 12 losses have come with Durant out of action. It is also Billy Donovan’s first year as a coach.
Ever since defeating San Antonio Spurs in the season opener, Oklahoma City Thunder are yet to achieve a major victory and have lost to Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland and Chicago.
Source: FOX Sports