Their game against the Warriors ended with 116-115 score after an apparent game-winning 3-pointer from Russell Westbrook was upstaged by Andre Iguodala‘s game-winning jumper. I couldn’t personally be angry after such an amazing game. Both teams came and gave it their all. A so-so game from Kevin Durant didn’t help the Thunder’s case.
It’s now Saturday and the Thunder want to put their bad week behind them. They have a chance to do just that with a win tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Thunder now sit at 5-3, still trying to prove that they are title contenders. They are also trying to shake off their doubters as their critics are rapidly increasing in number. If they want to turn things around, it’ll come down to just one more player being a little more consistent.
While Reggie Jackson has been big late in game, he hasn’t been that great to start games. Something else has to come from somewhere. 9-10 points is okay, but the Thunder need to occasionally see some 15-20 point performances from player like Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams. Adams had the best game out of the bunch with a 17-point, 10-rebound night in a road game against the Detroit Pistons.
Even with the bad week looming over their heads, there’s still some positives to take from the two losses. Serge Ibaka has been great and Westbrook seems to be getting more and more comfortable in each game he plays. We know Durant will do what he does, but these other players have to dig deep and find some consistency.
OKC’s top three bench players have NBA All-Star potential. Maybe we’re all asking for a little too much too early, but it’s a dog-eat-dog world. You have to start beating some elite teams before anyone shows you any respect; it’s tough but it’s just the way it is out here.
I wouldn’t be one so quick to doubt this team in any way. I know they’re safe behind the leadership of head coach Scott Brooks and GM Sam Presti. They’ve always made the necessary judgments and have played with rosters like it were a game of chess. I have full faith that they will quickly find a solution to their problems.
Their main focus should be on the development of their young bench. There’s no order of which player needs the most attention at the moment. It’s a group effort that’ll push this team further.