For the first time in 404 days, the Thunder have lost three straight games in the regular season.
And for the first time this season, they’re in second place in the Western Conference.
It would be easy to focus on the valiant comeback that had the Thunder within four with 30 seconds left and a chance. It would be easy to talk about KD’s 44 points or Russell Westbrook’s near triple-double.
But that would be ignoring an atrocious 35 minutes of basketball that put Oklahoma City in that position. Unfocused, flat defense. Sloppy, inattentive offense. Missed free throws, turnovers, offensive rebounds — it all went wrong. The 13-3 run to close the third and the fact OKC took Indiana’s 22-point lead to five with 1:08 left was better than them just mailing it in. But it doesn’t make up for the effort over the first three quarters of the game. Keep Reading…