Thunder Digits: Thunder drop close one

The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped another tight one to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-116 on Friday night. While the Thunder dropped to 2-3 on the season, they’re also 0-2 vs. Minnesota this season. They’ll meet two more times before the season is up.


There were 31 lead changes in the game to go along with 15 ties. The game was very back-and-forth in nature, with the Timberwolves ending up on top 119-116.


The Timberwolves had 24 second chance points on the night with 18 of those coming in the second half. It seemed towards the end of the game anytime Oklahoma City really needed a stop, Minnesota would find a way to get an offensive rebound and capitalize on it.


OKC gave up 119 points Thursday night. This is entirely too much. On a night where it shot 50 percent from the field, OKC still came up on the short end because of its defensive performance. Minnesota shot 48.8 percent from the field, including 36.4 percent from three-point range.


Minnesota went to the free-throw line 10 more times than the Thunder Thursday night and took advantage of it, shooting 27-of-35 which comes out to be 77.1 percent.


The Thunder were outrebounded by the Timberwolves 44-35 Thursday night. More importantly, Minnesota outrebounded OKC 17-11 in offensive rebounds. Rebounding is something to watch going forward for this Thunder team. It could be a potential weakness.


Jamaal Crawford has played for 18 different coaches in 18 seasons in the NBA. This number has nothing to do with the outcome of this game, but I felt it was too outrageous not to include.

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