The Oklahoma City Thunder was caught sleeping tonight in a home loss against the Toronto Raptors. The loss ends the Thunder’s winning-streak at eight games and their home streak at 13 games. It was one of those game that OKC just let slip through their hands and its unfortunate because they were playing so well. Still, the loss does not mean they are cooling down. They just overlooked the Raptors, and that will do you in sometimes.
Kevin Durant‘s average night had a lot to do with the outcome; along with poor production from the bench. Durant only shot 5-for-16 from the field with 24 points, while no bench player scored in double-figures. Even worse, Russell Westbrook was the only other Thunder play in double-figures, with 27 points on the night. You would figure this would eventually happen. No team can play great every night and win. You expect losses like this one sometimes, and you expect this team to learn from this loss as well.
There is not really a cause for concern here. Things are not going to go your way when you are not getting the projected production from two or more key role players like Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson. Normally, these two will be effective, just not tonight. One surprising factor is that OKC went 35-of-36 from the free throw line — good for 97 percent. This team normally cruises to victories when they make that many free throws. Their shooting percentages fell below 40 percent, so that is going to hurt you no matter how many points you get at the line.
The Thunder has a rare chance to reflect on a loss, and I think it could be a good thing for this team. It is better that they did not lose to a contender. Losing to a team like the Raptors is not going to raise any red flags. It is just a case of being outplayed when you are least expecting it. This group of talented players will regroup and come back strong. Their next game is on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks. A win in the Big Apple would be the perfect way to start the holidays for the Thunder.