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Game 52 Recap: Thunder (32-20) def. Pistons (19-35) 108-101


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I snickered when I noticed before tipoff that the betting line for this game had the Thunder favored by 12.5 points over the injury and trade ravaged Pistons.

Has nobody in Las Vegas watched any Oklahoma City games this season?

You can count on three things: death, taxes and every single Thunder game this year coming down to one or two possessions in the final few minutes, when any one of the three headed point guard monster takes over and hits clutch shots to lead OKC to victory.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the Detroit Pistons with Blake Griffin and Luke Kennard on the mend and Andre Drummond on a plane to Cleveland or if it’s the 1990’s Chicago Bulls, the Thunder aren’t blowing anyone out by 12.5 points nor getting blown out by 12.5 points.

But alas, just as betting world bookies’ beliefs in this Thunder team have risen throughout the season, so have Thunder fans’ expectations.

Tonight’s underwhelming win over the depleted but feisty Pistons featuring Reggie “Tears of Joy” Jackson highlights that changed perception of this Thunder team.  OKC took care of business and walked away with a win, and yet instead of celebrating another crunch time victory, this win was mostly met with a hearty “meh.”

Earlier this season, any win, no matter the skill of the opponent, felt like a major accomplishment. But as the victories continue to pile up, Thunder fans’ belief in this team continues to grow. And since OKC has the second best winning percentage in the NBA since Thanksgiving at 26-9 (shout out to Karl Anthony Towns’ 0-17 mark during that span), Loud City’s confidence in this squad is at an all-time high.

Thunder fans are still enjoying a mostly stress free, entertaining, and unexpectedly successful march to the playoffs this season. And even when the team lays a dud against a lesser foe, they still find a way to eke out an exciting win.

Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, Dennis Schroder and Steven Adams have given us enough evidence through 52 games to know that we can bet on them to make the plays needed down the stretch to beat any team on any night.

But if they’re favored by double digits or more, you might wanna bet against.   



Brandon Rahbar
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