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NBA Power Rankings: Thunder Sitting At The No. 4 Spot

The Oklahoma City Thunder are on shaky ground after a weak April and an injury to James Harden. Once thought to be the top team in the NBA, the Thunder now sit fourth in Tom Ziller's power rankings for SB Nation.

As the great John Schuhmann noted on Sunday, the Thunder are 0-6 against playoff teams since beating the Bulls on April 1. Did OKC peak too early? So long as they get James Harden back in short order, I'm of the mind that the Thunder will be game to fight through to the conference finals for the second straight year, though a second-round firefight with the Lakers could prove problematic.

The up-and-down finish to the season has Oklahoma City likely headed for the second seed in the West, and as deep as the conference is, they'll have to be on upset alert with a potential matchup against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on the horizon.


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