What’s the same thing you hear from and about young teams over and over? They’ll learn from that… that’s a good experience… there’s a lot to study from that loss.
Well, here’s a chance to prove it.
Last season, playing as the youngest team in basketball and surprise playoff contender, the Thunder was pushing not just into the playoffs, but potentially up the ladder for better than the eight-seed. Which was important because Oklahoma City wanted to avoid the Lakers at all cost.
But in April, the previously stellar Thunder defense sagged, the team pressed a bit and went 5-4 to close out April heading into the playoffs. This also off a solid March in which OKC went 11-5.
The swing game really was what’s known as the Tony Brothers Game, in which OKC dropped a tough one in Salt Lake City to the Jazz 140-139 after there was an obvious blown call on the final play. A shame too, because Kevin Durant’s effort to get the Thunder back in it was something else. Keep Reading…