It’s not time to meltdown in Oklahoma City, but it’s close. Oklahoma City lost to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night 102-94.
The Thunder have lost four straight, the longest losing streak in the NBA.
There is a lot of blame to go around. Billy Donovan. Russell Westbrook. Carmelo Anthony. Sam Presti. Everyone but Raymond Felton, really.
It appeared once again, the Thunder were going to run away with this one. They were up by 11 in the first quarter. However, as the story goes here in the 2017-18 season, the opposing team closed at the beginning of the second quarter. By halftime, it was a close game.
Donovan’s offense is stagnant and Russell Westbrook is playing too unselfish or panicked. Oklahoma City isn’t the same team we saw on opening night or even in the win over Indiana.
Neither the Thunder nor the Nuggets were able to gain separation on the other in a tightly contested third quarter and the teams went into the final frame tied at 75-all.
The Thunder dropped to 0-6 against Western Conference teams this season. It’s the longest drought against conference teams to start a season in the team’s history.
“It could go two ways: We could let this sit in our heads and think about it or put it behind and move forward. That’s the beauty of this league and having so many games,” Carmelo Anthony said. “I know we complain about back-to-backs but sometimes the back-to-backs are in our favor as players because you get to put that game behind you.”
Oklahoma City pulled to within 93-90 with 2:09 left but Denver’s Paul Milsap hit a wild shot, getting fouled and the and-one putting the Nuggets back up six.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 28 points, passing Allen Iverson for 24th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Anthony also drained six threes.
Westbrook struggled tonight shooting 6-of-22 and finishing with 13 points and 5 assists. George chipped in 13 points on 6-of-14 from the field. However, George was a non-factor in the 4th quarter and only had one shot attempt.
The Thunder will have quick forgetful memories as the Thunder host the beat up L.A. Clippers tonight at the Peake. Tip-off is schedule for 8 p.m. The game will be on NBA’s League Pass and on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Keys to the Game
The Thunder were out rebounded once again. While it was only one rebound, it still fits the story Oklahoma City is now 0-7 when they don’t out rebound their opponent. They have to get their stuff together. Clippers will bring in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. So, they’ll have to fight through that.
Share the ball: F
Westbrook only finished with five assists. The team finished with 16 assists. This is quite unacceptable with as many shooters the Thunder have on the floor. Also, with Westbrook on the floor this is quite unacceptable. Oklahoma City can point fingers right at themselves.
Get to the line: F
Only 14 free throws for Oklahoma City tonight. They only decided they were going to make seven of them. Russell Westbrook and Paul George were a combined 0-of-5 at the charity stripe. The Thunder are now ranked 28th in free throwing shooting.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!