There's not much use in recapping this game. If you, for some insane reason, wanted to go back and watch the entire Thunder season when it was all over, I'd probably suggest you turn it off after the first quarter, because it tell you all you need to know. The Knicks got overwhelmed the entire way through, and there was no point at which I thought they were going to win.
Popular reports suggest that the Knicks got spooked because of ghosts at Skirvin Hotel. Honestly, I don't buy it. I'm a man of facts. And, even though I've lived in Oklahoma City since I was less than 1, I've never heard this hotel story. Honestly, I've never knowingly seen the hotel, and heard of it maybe 5 times in my life, but only in passing. I'm not saying it's not famous, since I'm pretty out of touch with popular culture, but I am saying that it's all a bunch of baloney and I don't think most of the Knicks lost sleep over that. When looking at the game, I saw a mostly offensive Knicks team getting passed by on the perimeter and overpowered in the lane. They can score, but the simply couldn't keep up with the Thunder when they had little-to-no defense of their own. Besides, Duhon and Gallinari, two of their main scorers, were completely shut down, and combined for a total of three points off of free throws from Duhon. With Duhon unable to score or initiate their offense, their scoring took a huge hit.
Below: Just Awards. (Sorry, there's just not much to say about this game!)
Thunder Wonder: Kevin Durant, 30 Points, 5 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks.
Thunder Down Under: Thabo Sefolosha, 9 Points, 8 Rebounds, 1 Block, 1 Steal, and a couple of discouraged Knicks guards.
Thunder Blunder: Jeff Green, 9 Points, 4-13 Shooting, 1-5 3 Point Shooting, 7 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 3 Steals. Okay, he had a good defensive game, and shut down Gallinari. But, someone has to get this award, and his complete lack of offensive production is reason enough to give it to him at this point. I almost gave it to Krstic, but he rebounded more than usual in less time, and he wasn't quite as bad of a shot, though still bad. And hey, 2 Steals has got to be close to a career high for him!
Thunder Plunderer: Jared Jeffries, 8 Points, 3 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Steal, and 1 Block. His stats are unimpressive, but this award is basically for doing a number on Jeff Green. His play was about the only thing going right for the Knicks during this game. Nate Robinson had some impressive stats and plus/minus numbers, but you can chalk most of his numbers up to insignificant scoring in garbage time. Plus, one he had a fast break and he layed it up. I wanted to see him dunk, darn it!
Next Game: Versus the Spurs, Wednesday, January 13th, 7:00 PM Central Standard Time