OKC might’ve lost, but that doesn’t mean this wasn’t filthy.
You play with fire enough and, well, you know what happens. And it happened to the Thunder Saturday night in Atlanta.
A slow, unfocused first half put the Thunder in a position they’ve gotten familiar with during this little road trip. Oklahoma City had to get itself going, comeback from double-digits and rely on Kevin Durant bailing them out in the final three minutes. That formula has worked well this year. Just not against the Hawks this time around.
When Durant hit a 3 with 2:18 left to make it a one-point game, it really looked like the Thunder were about to walk down that road. But Josh Smith answered it and from that point on, the Thunder offense went in the toilet. For example, the sequence with OKC down five with 50 seconds left: Durant long 2, Westbrook 3, Durant 3. Are those shots we’ve seen those guys hit? Definitely, which is why they have a license to take them. They didn’t go in this time around and that’s the only reason they’re bad shots.
It was the same type of game the Thunder just got finished winning in Philadelphia and Orlando. Except OKC went just 5-21 in the fourth quarter. That kind of finish wasn’t able to hide 21 turnovers, just 11 assists and pretty poor defense in stretches. Keep Reading…