During the week of Christmas, we found out that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook would have to undergo knee surgery and would miss some significant time. During his time away from the team, Kevin Durant went on an unbelievable scoring streak. Durant had the longest streak of at least 40 points scored per game in more than a decade.
With the No. 1 seed in their possession, it only seemed that Westbrook’s return to the lineup would help the Thunder. Westbrook was cleared to return last week against the Miami Heat and the results have been disastrous for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City has now played three games since his return against the Heat and they have lost all three of them. After losing a convincing game against the Heat, the Thunder lost to the L.A. Clippers on Sunday afternoon and then got beat by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
It’s kind of understandable that they would lose to Miami and even LA, since both of them are in the upper echelon of NBA teams. The one that I don’t understand, however, is the loss to Cleveland. The Cavaliers are currently 13 games under .500 on the season.
Going into the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City held a four point lead. However, they allowed the Cavs to outscore them by 14 in the final quarter. Kyrie Irving‘s 14 points was the same as what Westbrook and Durant scored combined in the quarter.
By no means do I think the Thunder are in trouble. However, I do think they need to figure out how to have two star players coincide together at the same time. If they can’t, they’re going to be in trouble.