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Thunder Views: Mexico City, no Paul George, and a high altitude disaster

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Last night was just plain ugly.

If you see this man on the court, something went really, really wrong.
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Mexico City didn’t treat the Thunder kindly, as they dropped their eighth straight “road” game on Thursday night. The game was ugly from start to finish, and had a very lax feel to it at times, but Brooklyn was able to find the W in their first of two games across the border.

OKC was without Paul George and Jerami Grant last night due to injuries, but that was no excuse for the way the Thunder played. Flat footed rebounding, poor shot selection, and terrible weakside help turned out to be a brutal formula in another low point loss.

In addition, Carmelo Anthony was bad. Really bad. Russ had 31-8-6, but his shot selection was horrendous. The two of them were 15 for 47 from the field. That’s not going to cut it on a normal night, but even more-so when you’re missing Paul George.

Yes, watching Melo shoot 18 foot jumpers last night was borderline nauseating, so let’s not talk about it anymore. Let’s also avoid talking about OKC’s inefficiency with the ball. Sooo I guess that leaves us with today’s spotlight: SINGLER AND COLLISON

(I’m trying to be positive here)


Tonight we saw a lineup that involved Nick Collison, Kyle Singler, and Raymond Felton. All of them... On the court... At the same time... I mean c’mon, Thursday night couldn’t have been that bad, right? Well maybe it could’ve been, but at least this killer lineup made things a little bit better.

Singler would finish with 9 points and 3 rebounds, but more importantly, he tried dunking on people:

And his man bun was slapped by Westbrook:

Collison had 2 points and 3 rebounds in 7 minutes, and although he didn’t try dunking on anyone, any game with Nick Collison is one worth noting.

Felton had 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, which isn’t the same as Collison or Singler playing, because he always gets minutes. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Felton Forever.

Thank god there was something fun about Thursday night, otherwise it would’ve been one of the more depressing games of the season (it still was).

Quick Rumbles

  • Tonight, the Thunder stunk.
  • They were inefficient.
  • They finished 38-98 from the field.
  • The Thunder took 33 mid-range shots tonight. 14 for Melo, 11 for Russ.
  • They had poor shot selection.
  • Melo was painful to watch.
  • They lost.
  • That is all.

A Look Ahead

OKC comes back to the U.S. looking for the return of George and Grant as they face off against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. This will be the second of a back to back weekend stint for Memphis.