Ian Thomsen: Five burning questions as NBA's X-Mas games draw nearer
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Dec 20, 2012
There are many more questions than answers at this time of the year, and this is a big one for the Thunder: Can they win even if LeBron is having a greater overall influence on the game than Durant? Or does Durant need to be the best player to give them a chance? When I raised this with an NBA advance scout, he responded with a question of his own. Does Harden not being there help Durant be more involved, as opposed to him picking his spots when he had to share the ball with Harden?'' They may be better this time, despite the loss of Harden's talents.