Beating a team four times in a season is tough. Especially if they’re good. Especially if it’s on their home floor. Especially with a building full of very angry people.
That’s what the Thunder was up against Friday and Portland and it went very well — for a quarter. Oklahoma City came out hot, leading 30-20 after one as KD went 5-6 in the first, dropping shots from everywhere. Things looked good, things looked normal.
The tide started to turn in the second as OKC’s defense sank a bit. Regardless, the Thunder led 59-53 at halftime and mid-way through the third, held a comfortable 65-57 edge. Then it all just went to crap.
The Blazers reeled off a 15-0 run, the Thunder finished the quarter shooting 4-19 and Kevin Durant couldn’t keep the ball down to save his life. KD endured an 0-8 third quarter and finished the second half with three points on 3-15 shooting (25 points, 9-24 overall, 3-13 from 3). The Thunder offense completely ran itself out of sync, missing shots everywhere, taking long jumpers, settling for 3s, turning it over — it was rough. Keep Reading…