There’s no BCS in the NBA. Style points, momentum and how the media and coaches feel about certain teams have no effect on playoff seeding or title runs.
But it sure feels like the Thunder need a big win, doesn’t it? Probably because they haven’t had one yet.
In the Thunder’s eight wins so far this season, the team has beaten opponents with a collective record of 26-44. Only one of those teams, Golden State, currently has a winning record. OKC’s three losses, on the other hand, have come at the hands of teams with a collective record of 21-9.
Now, that’s going to happen in the NBA. I’m no statistics maven, but I understand that most teams are going to have a better record against teams with bad records than they do against teams with good records. Makes sense even to a journalism major (required math component: making sure your phone has a calculator).
But the Thunder have had a couple of opportunities to beat good teams, and they’ve whiffed on all of them so far. San Antonio was a close game, and the first one played with the new roster, but it was a loss. Atlanta is decent, and the Hawks beat OKC at home. Memphis came into the Peake for a supposed showdown and essentially had its way with the Thunder in the last three quarters. The Warriors are above .500, but playing without Andrew Bogut, and not expected to do much. Keep Reading…