Sometimes good teams find a way to win games even when they can’t perform at their best.
Despite the fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder got a nice win on the road against the Atlanta Hawks, the team needs to tune a few things now that the season is still young; otherwise, they could have some trouble as the campaign progresses.
Normally, if a team has two superstars like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, a solid third-scoring option like Serge Ibaka and volume scorers coming off the bench in Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson, it would be easy to think that there aren’t many things to correct, but if the performance against the Hawks showed anything, it’s that the Thunder needs to start shooting the ball more efficiently.
The Thunder only shot 44 percent from the field as a team and things got even worse beyond the arc where they only converted 22 percent of their attempts. If the offensive numbers are at looked individually, it gets even more complicated, especially for the duo of Durant and Westbrook.
Even though Durant finished the game with 30 points, he wasn’t very accurate with his shooting touch. KD netted only nine of his 21 attempts and if it wasn’t for his 11 free throws, he would’ve ended under the 20-point mark. Westbrook, on the other hand, went 6-of-21 from the field and only scored 14 points. Those numbers aren’t bad by any means – especially if we consider that Durant added 10 rebounds and Westbrook tallied 11 assists – but they are two players that are capable of shooting much better.
The team is gelling nicely and it’s still early in the season, so these things can be corrected easily, but the Thunder can’t rely on their bad percentages to win games. Their roster is capable of doing more offensively and they need to show it sooner rather than later.