Sometimes, you really do need to lose. You start seeing your name at the top of the standings, you name at the top of everyone’s power rankings, your name on every shortlist for championship contenders.
And you think you’re good enough to just show up.
After winning seven straight and rising to the top of the NBA’s standings, the Thunder walked in to Washington where the league’s worst team resides and expected to win. And instead, completely pooped the bed losing to the Wizards 105-102 after Kevin Durant missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer from about 200 feet away.
What’s sick is that the Thunder actually shot the ball well. Oklahoma City went 48.1 percent from the floor while the Wizards hit just 38.4. Why the Thunder lost this game was because Washington got 40 free possessions. Nineteen offensive rebounds to go with 21 Thunder turnovers. You give Edmond North’s middle school team that many extra looks at the basket and you play with fire. Keep Reading…