The Thunder’s season came to end Wednesday with a heartbreaking 104-102 loss in Game 7 against the Houston Rockets.
I don’t have much to say right now, just a feeling of sadness and bitterness that this season is officially over.
It hurts right now, but let’s not take this season for granted. This team was one of the more fun Thunder teams in recent memory. They outperformed their expectations and brought a team with title aspirations to the brink of elimination.
“These guys poured out their heart and soul,” head coach Billy Donovan said after the game. “They’ve been an incredible group. You talk about the word team. I am honored and privileged to coach this group.”
The young guys were great this entire series and tonight. Lu Dort became a household name by scoring 30 points.
Dort became the third rookie in NBA history to record a 30-point game in a Game 7. He joins Tom Heinsohn (Apr. 13, 1957) and Tom Meschery (Apr. 5, 1962).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made a name for himself this series, and Darius Bazley showed that he belongs in a playoff atmosphere.
Chris Paul went from an albatross of a contract to the best clutch performer this season and an All-NBA guy.
Paul became the second player in franchise history to record a playoff triple-double (19-10-12). Russell Westbrook was the first.
This loss sucks right now, but in the grand scheme of things, Thunder fans have a lot to be proud of with this group and have a lot to look forward to in the future.
See you guys next season.