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|Oklahoma City Thunder radio voice Matt Pinto breaks down Kevin Durant's crew ahead of Monday's game at Staples.
"I think that there's no substitute for experience and this team has a bit more than that. They underwent some injuries issues early which didn't occur at all last season. I think that's made them probably a bit better. They're finishing games much better this season than last season. In games decided by six or less, they're an outlandish 14-3, which is pretty remarkable for a team with the youth on the roster that this one has. On the flip side, they've not been as consistent defensively as they were a season ago. I think they're in the belief that they have a gear they can hit and ratchet up their defensive intensity when the game is in the balance. At this point, they've been able to, for the most part, tap into that and come away on the winning side."