Oklahoma City Thunder
2013-14 Record: 59-23
Key Additions: Anthony Morrow
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.