The Thunder’s three game road trip came to a disappointing end Sunday night, as Oklahoma City lost to the Mavericks 104-89. The Thunder have now lost three very winnable games and have completely lost their shooting touch. Its safe to say most Thunder fans are glad this road trip is over, and are ready for the team to be back home.
After tonight, the Thunder drops to 35-28 on the season, still sitting at seventh in the Western Conference.
The Thunder shot 40 percent from the field, but that wasn’t even the worst stat line of the night. Oklahoma City shot nine percent from three point land. The lone two makes came from Russell Westbrook as the rest of the team was 0-of-10.
The offense tonight was pretty horrible, and that is being nice. There just wasn’t a whole lot of movement, as it was always either ISO or pick-n-roll. If pick-n-roll didn’t end up working, the Thunder would just settle for a contested jumper. Not only could the Thunder not score, but they couldn’t take care of the ball either, turning the ball over 15 times.
Defense has become a pretty big issue for the Thunder, as this was their third straight game giving up more than 100 points. Tonight, they only forced eight turnovers, and it felt like the Mavs could get anything they wanted on offense.
Russell Westbrook led the team in scoring with 29 points, following him was Steven Adams with 19, and Enes Kanter with 16. After that, no Thunder player had more than six points. The bench struggled mightily getting any offense to go besides Enes Kanter.
Leading the charge for Dallas was Seth Curry who continued his impressive play with 22 points on an efficient 10-of-16 shooting. The Mavs had five players contribute nine points or more. Dallas distributed the ball very well tonight, with 24 assists.
Russell Westbrook picked up his 14th technical foul on the season, and he also added a flagrant-one foul as well. If Russ receives two more technicals, he will receive a one game suspension.
You can tell that Oklahoma City is really missing Victor Oladipo’s presence who missed his sixth straight game with back spasms. There doesn’t seem to be another ball handler who is capable of scoring and taking control when Westbrook isn’t in the game.
Next up for the Thunder is Portland again, but this time at home. The Trail Blazers have won two out of three times against Oklahoma City this year, including a 114-109 win Thursday in Portland.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Play Smart Basketball: F
The Thunder played the absolute opposite of smart basketball tonight. They committed 15 turnovers and were just jacking up shots whenever and from wherever. When the first scoring option didn’t work out, the Thunder would take contested jumpers. Not a great game plan.
End Strong: D+
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to end strong tonight. The game was over before the fourth, as the Thunder was down 19 to start the quarter. The closest the ever got in the quarter was 15.
Capitalize on Mavericks mistakes: F
Oklahoma City couldn’t force the Mavericks to make mistakes, therefore they had nothing to capitalize on. The Thunder forced eight turnovers all night, and only four steals. The Mavericks also left shooters open and had some poor defensive possessions, but the Thunder couldn’t hit any wide open shots.