Kevin Durant’s Slow Start Sets Tone For Oklahoma City Thunder Loss

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The old saying is that every dog has his day. With how the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s key player Kevin Durant has played recently, it was only a matter of time until he was going to have a dud.

While Durant did finish with 28 points on the night, it was the slow start on his part that led to a Thunder defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat. In this game, it basically showed that if Durant starts to struggle, it becomes a long night for his team.

That said, it was not just Durant who had challenges against the Heat. The team as a whole shot only 38 percent from the field. That does not win games. The early turnovers did not help either as they led to a 20-8 Heat run from which the defending champs never looked back.

Durant should be okay and rebound in the next game, but with this being the Thunder’s biggest loss at home this season, the whole squad has to be disappointed in their performance, especially Durant who only shot 45 percent from the field. The loss also spoiled Russell Westbrook‘s homecoming, as he finished with 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

There was optimism that the Thunder were going to come back, but every run that the team went on was answered in a matter of minutes as the Heat were not going to allow them back into the game. There is no question that the Thunder are still the team to beat in the West and that Durant is still a powerhouse player. However, there is no denying that the Heat brought the Thunder down to earth in a huge way.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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