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Caron Butler shines for the Thunder

Boom recruit Caron Butler repaid the faith of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise with a superb game in a comfortable win over the Denver Nuggets.

While the Thunder didn’t make any noise at the trade deadline, they were able to secure Butler who was waived by the Milwaukee Bucks. While a number of contenders were in pursuit of the NBA champion, including his former team the Miami Heat – Butler signed with the Thunder and has been working his way into the system since.

There have been a number of teething problems which comes with the territory of playing alongside a team that has grown and developed together, but the honeymoon period is almost over and the marriage between veteran star and young contenders is starting to evolve.

Caron Butler is a unique talent who has made a career out of adapting. The Thunder are searching for the elusive piece that will put them over the line and allow them to contend for their first NBA championship – against the Denver Nuggets, the plan seemed to be working.

The game was never in question and the Thunder went about making the most of the opportunity. Durant played just over 30 minutes, while Butler played 29 and hoisted up 19 shot attempts – making 10 of them on his way to 23 points. It wasn’t just the fact he scored, but it was how comfortable he looked within the offense that must have the franchise, coaching staff and fans pleased.

While other contenders like the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trailblazers appear to be having some difficulty getting it all together, the Thunder seem to have finally overcome some teething problems and the results are starting to show.

There are still a couple of weeks to go and each game will be another test for Butler – especially the Thunder’s next game against the Dallas Mavericks (where Butler won his NBA Championship – albeit from the sidelines after an ACL injury cruelly shortened his season) but the signs are there.

The Butler did it last night and the Thunder hope he can continue to do so throughout the rest of the season and the NBA Playoffs.

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