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Thunder Views: Another close game, another loss

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Four straight losses for OKC. Things are not going well.

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Last night the Thunder fell to 4-7. Thursday was their fourth straight loss, and was the clear confirmation that things are clearly not working in OKC. But let’s reiterate, it’s November 10th. The Thunder have three of the best players in the league on the same roster. So it can’t be that bad, right? Please say right. This has to change.

I have a whole lot of questions, but I’m still not pushing the panic button. I won’t lie though, I’m getting pretty damn close.

We’re going to keep today’s column brief for the sake of everyone’s sanity.

Spotlight

Let’s stick with someone else’s spotlight today, because if we leave this section open for me to rant, we could be here all day. How about Ben Golliver. Hopefully he can keep us all from going absolutely insane.

So maybe this tweet won’t keep us from insanity, but then again, I don’t think any Thunder facts from this last month will.

News flash: the Thunder haven’t won any close games yet this season. This isn’t groundbreaking and certainly not enjoyable to hear.

People will talk about the lack of spacing, which is an accurate observation. There’s zero spacing out there when OKC has the ball. But what does that really mean? More often than not, it’s a coaching issue. There’s no offensive configuration, and in the NBA, that leads to iso play.

If I could focus on one thing from last night’s game, it’d probably be Emmanuel Mudiay and Paul Millsap’s play, specifically in the fourth quarter. But again, for Thunder fans sake, I’m not going to do that.

Quick Rumbles

  • Steven Adams has a calf contusion.
  • Paul George didn’t get a shot off from the floor in the fourth quarter. Some people are saying he was 0-1, but realistically, both are a bad news.
  • The Thunder have a lot of restructuring to do on offense. The ball’s in your court Billy.

A Look Ahead

OKC won’t have much time to regroup; they’ll welcome the Clippers to the ‘Peake tonight at 8:00 PM CT.

LA comes in losing 5 out of their last 6, but has been off since Tuesday, so they’ve had some time to relax. They sit at 5-5 on the year. If you’re looking to key in on one specific player here, there’s no hidden gems. Blake Griffin is your man, averaging 22.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game so far this season.