OKC Loud Links: 4th Quarter Offense Disappearing

Here are some bitter morsels to chew on. The Thunder are 5-5 over their last 10 games. Of those five losses, the team has scored the following in the 4th quarters: 24, 20, 37, 18, 11, for an average of about 22 points per 4th quarter. If you eliminate the high number of 37, which came from a Pacers loss where the Thunder were trailing by a large amount throughout, in competitive games you get an average of 18.3 points per 4th.

This is the problem that derailed the Thunder last season, and it is going to derail them again if they cannot put together good 4th quarter offense during competitive games. The formula of "get a big lead early, hope to hang on in the end" will not work against the Spurs, and as we've seen this season, will not work against lesser teams like the Grizzlies and Rockets, either.

Post Game Nuggets | NewsOK

Rhode says that the Thunder made the Clippers defense look pretty good. Yeah, I think I've heard that around these here parts, too.

Thunder Play Painful Second Half in Loss | Daily Thunder

What is there to say? It was the worst half of basketball in probably three seasons.

Yep, that's what I'd say, too. I also am with Young in his confusion as to why Daequan Cook (and I would add Royal Ivey) were not involved in some way when things went from bad to worse. Those are exactly the kinds of situations why you have players like Cook and Ivey. I continue to be embittered by the Derek Fisher signing.

Guide to Common NBA Hand Gestures | BounceBounceBounce

A helpful guide next time Joakim Noah does his pistol salute.

'Melo and the Hero's Paradox | Hardwood Paroxysm

The crown is always heavy for those who want to wear it. The only question is how long can a man pursue the endeavor before he finally gives up?

Durant Will Not Sacrifice Team Play for Scoring Title | NewsOK

The scoring title is within reach, but Kevin Durant doesn't want it. I like that. There are far more important things to chase.

Howard or Bynum? | NBA.com

I would take...neither. Give me Tyson Chandler.

The Greatest Basketball Game Ever Played | Hardwood Paroxysm

Surprisingly, this account is not about the Thunder's loss last night.

Delonte West Gives Hayward the Finger | Ball Don't Lie

Delonte West knows a Wet Willie target when he sees one.

Dwane Schintzius Passes Away at 43 | Ball Don't Lie

The glorious mulleted man died after a 2 year battle with leukemia.

Worst Management of the Year Goes To... | Wages of Wins

Congratulations, Michael Jordan. Now it's time to put Paul Silas out to pasture. Speaking of Silas...

The Paul Silas Facepalm Time Line | NBA 247365.com

Paul Silas is starting to give me Al Bundy vibes here.

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