Here’s my main takeaway from this game: When the shots don’t go in, everything looks pretty bad.
The Thunder led by seven with 5:41 to go. Then the Blazers went on a 16-0 run as the Thunder went more than four minutes without scoring. Within that stretch, Russell Westbrook missed some good looks, and some bad ones. But the key point is: Either way, none of them went in, whereas in most cases, they have this season.
Now, the Thunder did make a little push in the final 60 seconds, going on an 8-0 run to pull it within one with 15 seconds to go. After two Lillard free throws, Westbrook got an excellent look from 3 off a well designed misdirection play, but rimmed it out. And that was that.
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