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Thunder vs Spurs, final score: OKC hang on against short-handed San Antonio, 90 - 87

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The opponent doesn’t matter, Thunder still struggle in 2nd half

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
King Joffery almost led the short-handed Spurs to an upset win over the Thunder.
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Box Score | Pounding the Rock

The Oklahoma City Thunder blew another double-digit lead and barely hung on to beat a San Antonio team short 3 starters and a key role player, 90 - 87.

Russell Westbrook recorded his 7th triple-double of the season, but again lost his shooting touch at the line finishing just 2 for 6 from the charity stripe. Second year guard, Dejounte Murray, thrust into the starting PG spot, lead the Spur’s scoring with 17 points.

What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?

Hang on tight, this isn’t pretty.

The Thunder put together a solid first half, again. In spite of a rare shooting drought from both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, the Thunder went into the locker room ahead by eleven. Steven Adams played a huge role in the first two frames, leading all scoring with 17 pts. Even Carmelo Anthony got a piece of the Kiwi PnR pie when he recorded his only assist of the half on a nice shuffle pass that led to one of Adams’ 7 of 10 makes.

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Then the 2nd Quarter horn sounded and the Thunder went to the locker room. The 2nd half box score speaks for itself:

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Fifty-four points in the first half, 36 in the second, 14 in the fourth quarter.

What sticks out like a dog turd in the punch bowl are Steven Adams’ shot attempts. Ten in the first half, 3 in the second half, none in the 4th quarter. Looks bad, smells bad, tastes bad. I don’t know what it is going to take to get it through to the big 3, but they suck if they don’t invite Steven Adams to the party.

I don’t know what it is, but something happens in the Thunder locker room at halftime. It’s like a solid team goes in at the break, takes out their brains, then leaves them behind before returning to the floor. Please, someone, post a sign above the exit;

NO BRAINS LEFT IN THE LOCKER ROOM

FoxSports Oklahoma’s Antonio Daniels comments after the game:

What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?

Duh! Because the Spurs bench played the entire game. Book it; had Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, or Manu Ginobili been able to go, the Thunder lose this game. Not all of them, just one.

I know a win is a win, and this one does make up for the win stolen against Minnesota early in the season, but this team can’t just be satisfied with sloppy wins. If this team, assembled to make a big run in the playoffs, continues to play right for only 24 minutes a night and ignoring Steven Adams in the second half, they probably won’t get a shot at the post-season.

The numbers don’t lie, when Adams is a regular part of the offensive flow, the Thunder are effective. The less involved Adams is with the offense, the less effective the Thunder offense becomes. It’s not a one game thing, it’s not a two game thing, its been this way all season.

R.K's Round Table -

Thunder Wonder: Steven Adams

Thunder Down Under: Jerami Grant, the kid is playing his guts out. Grant shot over 50% in November, and has hit 70% of his shots so far in December.

Thunder Blunder: Patrick Patterson, 0 for 3 tonight and averaging 2.4 pts/gm. You’re killing me with these bricks, bro.

Thunder Plunderer: King Joffrey Lauvergne, came off the bench for the Spurs and battered his old team for 14 points. All while laughing off a dislocated finger. If Joffery doesn’t foul out with 3:21 remaining, this game could have ended in disaster.

AND

These new Nike home alternate uniforms. Don’t throw them away, burn them, they’re bad luck.

Next game:

vs Utah Jazz
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Tuesday, December 5th, 7pm cst