Unlike the Los Angeles Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder weren't expecting a tumultuous offseason, as they stayed relatively quiet in free agency. As it turns out, they didn't get their wish, as the injury bug struck them hard over the past few weeks. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant has been sidelined for at least another month with a foot fracture, and free agent pickup Anthony Morrow is also out for a while. More recently, injuries to Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb have left them thinner than last year's Lakers as they open their season with a two game roadtrip.
After playing in Portland tonight, the Thunder will take the red-eye to Los Angeles, where they face off against the Clippers in the latter's season opener. To learn more about what's happening in the heartland, I got in touch with Kevin Yeung from Welcome to Loud City to preview tomorrow night's showdown between Western Conference rivals. You can follow him on Twitter — @KevinHFY — but be warned... he's a Grizzlies fan.
This is an ongoing conversation between the two of us that'll probably continue into Thursday afternoon, so be sure to keep an eye out and check back often for updates. WTLC started off by asking me about last year's misery and this season's expectations, and we got rolling from there.