Oklahoma City Thunder Look to Rebound After All-Star Break

By Michael Roberts
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be coming off All-Star weekend hungry and determined to get back on track after suffering back-to-back losses for only the second this season before heading into the break.

Losing consecutive games has been a rarity for the 39-14 Thunder and they’ll want to keep it that way when they resume action in what could be a preview of a first round playoff match-up. The second seed in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City, will begin their post All-Star schedule with a visit to the eighth seeded Houston Rockets on Feb. 19.

Unfortunately, the break in serious competition was a sour one for Kevin Durant and the gang after an embarrassing loss on home court to the Miami Heat. The final score of 110-100 doesn’t tell the true story of the contest as the outcome was never in doubt for the Heat, who led by as many as 23 at one point.

As previously mentioned, it was only the second time all season the Thunder lost back-to-back games and in both cases the second contest was a loss to the Heat.

The highly competitive Durant, who scored 33 points in a Christmas Day loss against Miami and then 40 in the Valentine’s Day defeat, most likely wishes the losses came to any team besides the Heat. The wounds have hardly healed from last year’s finals loss to Miami which makes losing twice this season to the Heat sting that much more for Durant and the Thunder.

Luckily for Oklahoma City fans, of all players to worry about bouncing back from his team’s poor outing, the last one to be concerned about is Durant. This is why it can be expected the Thunder will come out ready to remind the rest of the league they are legitimate title contenders despite their struggles against the defending champions.

Michael covers ACC and Big East basketball along with the NBA and NHL for Rant Sports, you can follow him on Twitter @MichaelxRoberts


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