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The reason Thunder have been ‘totally different team’ for bubble games, per Chris Paul

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The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a blowout loss on Friday, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies, 121-92. The Thunder are now 2-2 since the restart, and for All-Star point guard Chris Paul, he believes that the OKC has been a different team of late.

According to Paul, the Thunder have been ruing the loss of point guard Dennis Schroder, who is currently away from the team for personal reasons.

“We’re a totally different team without Dennis,” Paul said, via Logan Newman of USA TODAY SPORTS.

“There haven’t been many times this season that we sort of play without having a couple ball handlers on the court. It is what it is, we’re gonna fight, we’re going to keep getting through these games.”

Schroeder entered the bubble with the Thunder, and even suited up for his squad in their opening matchup against the Utah Jazz on August 1. He has since left the bubble to attend to the birth of his child. The 26-year-old stated in mid-July that his wife was due in three to four weeks, which means that she should be giving birth anytime now. It is unclear when Schroder will be back, but the Thunder are likely giving him as much time as he needs to spend with his family.

This means more minutes for Chris Paul in the interim. The veteran’s play will be even more crucial for the squad, with OKC now fighting for positioning out West. The Thunder are currently sitting at the sixth spot, but are just one game behind the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets.