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It’s easy to sit there and want the Thunder to make a trade before the deadline. This team by all honest accounts is a middle of the road team in the NBA. The teams at the top are GOOD.

That’s not what the Thunder did on Thursday, especially without trying.

There appeared to really be only one legitimate trade, Danilo Gallinari to Miami. It was reported the Heat and Gallinari’s team were working on a contract extension but unknown reasons broke down the talks and OKC survived the deadline.

Oklahoma City stayed put at the deadline and that’s what most Thunder fans wanted. They wanted this team that has become so fun to watch give it a real go at the season. They are fully aware the chances at a championship are long but it’s been a moment since the Thunder have been fun to watch.

Sure, Russell Westbrook and PG were fun by the Thunder really have caused a lot of heartbreak and frustration by their play. They never lived up to the potential with multiple first round exits.

This team… this team is different. Their fight is different. Their comradery is different and it’s refreshing. Must like the 2016-17 team where we just hopped on Westbrook’s back and rode the wave.

It was just as frustrating as it was fun. This team is all fun. They look like they are having fun. They’re not barking at each other (sans Burton) and enjoying the basketball game. The lack of expectations is a part of it and the fact they are just good.

We wrote on here a week ago this team is curing all their issues by just winning games. That will mask a lot of what may be wrong but doesn’t matter this season.

You’re not going to fix everything that may be wrong with this team this season. The draft is expected to be 2012 bad. Their fighting for their playoff lives. It would be different if this team was a .500 team or out of the playoffs but they’re right in the thick of things and have a chance to move up higher.

Let the fixing of the team happen in the off season. We know Gallo is gone. We know you’re going to trade Schröder and CP3 is going to be a big trade piece next season. This season, they’ve beaten the predictors.

Let them try to do the unthinkable.

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