Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/21/11
The Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to take another crack at winning an NBA title. Two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook and the youthful Thunder proved last season that they have what it takes to make a deep playoff run. They lost the final three games of the Western Conference finals to eventual champion Dallas. All 10 players are back from Oklahoma City's two-deep rotation. Center Kendrick Perkins, a key piece of Boston's run to the 2008 title and the 2009 NBA finals, joined the Thunder at the trade deadline last season and now is back healthy again after injuries to both knees. He also dropped about 30 pounds during the offseason. Oklahoma City opens the season Sunday at home against Orlando.
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