After the Thunder started 5-0, there was a lot of nodding going on. Kevin Durant was kicking off an MVP campaign with style, the defense looked solid behind a re-made Kendrick Perkins and Oklahoma City was taking care of business against good teams like Orlando, Dallas and Memphis.
All that preseason hype and buzz was looking like it might have been justified. Validated. The Thunder looked good.
But after back-to-back losses, something the Thunder had happen only five times all of last season, there are a few mild concerns. Stress the word “mild” there. Durant was asked after the loss to Portland if there’s a new sense of urgency because of a second straight loss and he said, “What, you think we’re panicking? It’s been seven games man.” And he’s completely right.
The question is though, what changed? What was different between the five wins and the two losses. Because not only did the Thunder lose, they didn’t really look a whole lot like themselves.
Let’s break it down just with the numbers. Two things really stand out to me: Keep Reading…