OKC defense has quickly felt the impact of Roberson’s absence

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season changed on Jan. 27 during a play Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson have connected on countless times.

It was a simple baseline cut off the right corner for an alley-oop, in which the defense overloads to a Westbrook pick-and-roll and completely forgets about Roberson. It’s a set the Thunder, and Roberson, have worked at for years, taking advantage of opposing defenses not guarding him, turning what is supposed to be a weakness into a strength.

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