The Thunder defeated CSKA Moscow Thursday 97-89 at home in Oklahoma City. The game really wasn’t ever close as CSKA made up a lot of the deficit in the fourth quarter.
While it wasn’t against NBA competition, the Russian team isn’t a pushover. They played the Heat well earlier this week and have some talented player. But still, a lot of this game should be remembered as played a non-NBA team. Some notes:
- The Thunder offense was great tonight. Except for one part. Twenty-four turnovers. That’s just, well, kind of ridiculous against CSKA Moscow. The biggest offender was Kevin Durant who gave it away seven times by himself. Russell Westbrook turned it four times, Eric Maynor four times and nine of the 12 players that saw action had at least one. A lot of Durant’s struggles with the ball came when he was running point where he turned it over three or four times there alone. He was forcing things a bit and had trouble handling with the shorter, quicker defenders.
- Again, other than that, it was good stuff. OKC shot 61 percent from the floor, hit 7-11 from 3 and got to the line. The Thunder hit just 16-26 from the stripe, but offensively, everything looked solid. Except for those turnovers. Keep Reading…