Here’s the thing about the NBA trend of small lineups: Teams who go small aren’t successful simply because they don’t have players who are 6-foot-10. The teams are successful because they have more players who can do more things.
The Oklahoma City Thunder played a big lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, but simply being big wasn’t the reason they took the T-Wolves to the final seconds even without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, George Hill, Lu Dort and Theo Maledon on the court. The depleted roster played the Timberwolves well in the 106-103 loss because those bigs are versatile.
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