By the Thunder’s own admission, they played pretty poorly last week. A 2-2 week with both losses coming at home, including the inexcusable blown lead against Houston.
But here’s the thing: This stretch leading up to this week was seen as a an easy part in OKC’s schedule. A five-game homestand with very winnable games, it looked like the Thunder could rip off seven or eight wins in a row. But they slacked against teams they should beat, didn’t bring the usual amount of energy and focus and lost some games they shouldn’t have. It caused some mild concern among the fanbase, with it starting to boil when Oklahoma City fell behind San Antonio by 27 at home.
I think some of the concerns are valid. Scott Brooks said as much before the game Sunday, saying that he’s concerned, but he has the same concerns he had before the season started. And that’s the thing. The season is long, there are lots of games and sometimes you hit a lull. The next two weeks will say a lot about this team. Either it’ll make everyone forget about the little lull, or it’ll validate some of those concerns. Games against the Jazz, Clippers, Lakers, Wolves, Heat, Blazers, Bulls, Grizzlies, Heat again and Pacers line up a seriously difficult stretch for OKC. You could almost understand if they’ve sort of been looking ahead to those games this past week or so. Trying to just rest up and get ready for it. Maybe that explains the lapse in focus some nights. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
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