How the Trail Blazers stack up against the Northwest division

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Jan 21, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) drives the ball by Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) and is called for an offensive foul during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder

2013-14 Record: 59-23

Key Additions: Anthony Morrow

Key Losses: Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler

2013-14 Record vs. POR: 2-2

As long as OKC has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, they will likely be Portland’s toughest competition in the division. The good news for Portland is that the Thunder didn’t get much better this offseason. Again, general manager Sam Presti refused to spend money in free agency and kept the roster, generally, the same.

In his career, the newly added Morrow is 43 percent three-point shooter. OKC will rely on him to help space the floor and make threes, but their defense will take a hit with the loss of Sefolosha.

Every game with OKC last season was so close. The Thunder’s 8-point win on Jan. 21 was the largest margin of victory of the four contests. In 2014-15, Portland should look to split the series with OKC again. That is probably the best Portland can hope for, because OKC is still really good.

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