The Oklahoma City Thunder have played ten playoff games in 2014. Understanding the sample size is still small we could see flukes in OKC’s production by lineups. But early on there are dramatic differences in Scott Brooks 5-man units.
The Thunder’s most common lineup is Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. In 127 minutes played through 10 games this unit is playing even with it’s opponents.
When Brooks goes small and inserts Reggie Jackson and Caron Butler for Perk and Thabo we see an improvement in rebounding and big jump in shooting efficiency. Overall this small unit is +30 points/100 possessions.
This is an outrageous difference and is not likely to last. But ten games in there is no argument which Thunder lineup has been most productive this playoff season.