Are The OKC Thunder Already in Danger of Missing The Playoffs?

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Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder sits on the sideline

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The Oklahoma City Thunder could not be off to a worse start to the 2014-15 NBA season.

First, Kevin Durant fractured a bone in his foot earlier this month of October and will miss at least the first month of the NBA season, Now, star point guard Russell Westbrook is out 6-12 weeks with a broken hand.

Westbrook went up for a rebound in the second quarter and got his hand stuck in the jersey of Kendrick Perkins on the Los Angeles Clippers and wound up fracturing the metacarpal bone below his index finger.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder practices before a game

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Kevin Durant should be back by Thanksgiving but will that be too late?

The Thunder have either Durant/Wilson on the court 85% of the time. With Durant making a quick and healthy return, the Thunder will play without either player for roughly 14 games.

Last season the Thunder made the playoffs by a margin of 20 wins. But the Thunder are already 0-2 and there is no telling when exactly either star player will be making a return. The NBA season still has a long way to go, but with two star players out who knows what kind of an affect it can have on a team that has only been playing with each other for the last six weeks or so. If returning healthy, will Durant and Westbrook be throwing off the chemistry and balance that will be established, or not, when they are back?

The Western Division in the NBA is the toughest to play in, but chances are the Thunder will be safe.