Last night, the Thunder fell to 1-2 in the season, with a 104-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. There were so many negatives to take out of the game but there were some bright sides. Kevin Martin had 28 points, and Kevin Durant was two assists shy of a triple-double.
Now for the ugly and harsh stuff that make Thunder fans want to punch a wall.
The Thunder lost to a Hawks team without their superstar Josh Smith. Kendrick Perkins allowed Al Horford to have a double-double (23 points, 12 rebounds). There were 21 team turnovers on the night for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook shot 5-18 from the field. The biggest one: The Thunder allowed 12 offensive rebounds. Who to blame? Perkins.
Why not Harden? Because Kevin Martin showed tonight that this trade wasn’t too shabby. He had 28 points, and shot 6-of-8 from deep. Hello.
John Schumann of NBA.com broke it down real well: “The starting lineup has been the biggest problem, scoring just 90.5 points per 100 possessions in 49 minutes so far. OKC has actually been pretty potent offensively (106.9) with Kevin Martin, who is 12-for-17 from 3-point range, on the floor.”
Brooks on turnovers: “We are an aggressive team. But we definitely have to stop turning the ball over. Twenty turnovers … that’s almost one quarter of basketball, you just take over halfcourt and give the guy the ball. It’s too many. We have to do a better job of valuing the basketball and getting a shot every time on the goal.”
-KD had a rough highlight night.
-Russ hit back to back threes in the third quarter. Woah.
-Mid way through the third, Scott Brooks had a line-up of Eric Maynor, Thabo Sefolosha, Martin, Durant, and Nick Collision. Like it?
-Order your K-Mart jerseys..NOW