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Oklahoma City, despite their winning ways, weren’t winning pretty. Some of that came to the top when they dropped games to good teams like the Blazers and the Rockets. Oklahoma City has put themselves in a precarious position we’ve seen before.

Currently, the Thunder are only 1½ games out of the ninth spot and they’re now 2½ games out of the third seed. While the margins are tight on both sides, the Thunder are closer to missing the playoffs due to the schedule remaining and their play as of late, than they are of grabbing that third or even fourth seed.

Oklahoma City has time to make up some ground. Games against the Suns, Kings and Hawks in their next four games have a chance to cushion some of the blow of good teams that’s on the horizons. From March 16-April 9, the Thunder don’t play a team with a losing record. In those 11 games, six of them are away from Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Thunder are a sub-.500 team.

They end the season with a gimme win against the Grizzlies on April 11.

Oklahoma City is 17-19 against teams that are .500 or better. Before the Andre Roberson injury, Oklahoma City was 15-12 against the same quality of teams.

The Thunder are going to need to find ways of staying afloat if they’re wanting to keep in the playoff race. The real goal is to avoid the No. 7 or 8 seeds. Oklahoma City would have a better chance of advancing out of the first round.

Without being overly negative, remember this same Thunder team, without Roberson, beat the pants off the Warriors in Oakland. They played with the hottest teams in the NBA for most of the games. Oklahoma City is really right there.

All of that said, are you legitimately worried about Oklahoma City missing the playoffs for only the third time in franchise history?

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