Originally Posted by K Xerxes
When people bring up the relative supporting casts, you have to consider the length of time that Durant has had to adjust for Westbrook's absence. This is a team that has been thrown in this situation with their second best player gone and their fluidity disrupted. The '09 Cavs played the same way for years. They were defensively solid, which OKC are not. Yes, Ibaka is better than anyone on the Cavs team other than LeBron, but he has been shit this series and the rest of the team hasn't been great. Martin was solid in game one, but he has been wildly inconsistent since Westbrook went down. Perkins is just... well, you know.
Thank you. This is something all the LeBron stans are completely ignoring or just totally unaware of. Just two weeks ago they were thrown a huge curveball by losing their second best player, who's an All-NBA caliber player and top 3 PG. If this had happened back in March or early April, and they had more time to adjust and get used to playing without him, fine; but they've had 2 weeks and 6 games to adjust, on the fly, in the playoffs...and now they're playing the best or second best defensive team in the NBA.
LeBron's supporting casts were far from impressive. But they had multiple entire 82-game seasons to at least acclimate and get used to playing with each other as constructed.