The Thunder’s back-to-back losses were excruciating to watch, but Saturday’s game could’ve gone better.
After losing to the Suns by 37 points on Friday, the Thunder one-upped that loss by losing to the Blazers 133-85.
The 48-point loss is the largest in Thunder's history.
A 19 point halftime deficit exploded to 45 points with a 39-13 third quarter. The Blazers are one of the better teams in the Western Conference, and they showed that tonight as they defeated the injury-riddled Thunder squad.
“You just gotta learn the lesson; these sting obviously,” said head coach Mark Daigneault postgame. “We gotta learn our lesson... We had our moments, but not enough over the 48 (minutes).”
There are not many positives to take away from this game for OKC outside of maybe Kenrich Williams and Tony Bradley.
Williams finished with 18 points and five rebounds.
Bradley had his best game in a Thunder uniform as he scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Outside of those two, nobody really played well outside of garbage time in the fourth quarter, which saw Moses Brown collect a 10 point and 14 rebounds double-double and Darius Miller scoring 11 points in 14 minutes.
After putting up arguably their best performances of their rookie seasons, Theo Maledon and Aleksej Pokusevski struggled big-time tonight. For Maledon, he struggled shooting the ball as he scored just seven points on 1-of-12 shooting. For Poku, he scored just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.
This is a valuable lesson for the rookies. Teams will adjust to you if given the tape and stats; what the Suns did wrong, the Blazers corrected. Pro sports are about making consistent adjustments, and those who can adapt pave long careers.
Honestly, there is not much the Thunder can take away from this game. The Blazers are simply the more talented team, and the Thunder are playing games with their second and third stringers.
In games like these, you have to burn the tape and move on to the next one. That’s the beauty of a 72 game season; it’s relatively easy to move on from a dud like this.
Next Game: Thunder returns to Oklahoma City to play old friend Hamidou Diallo and the Pistons on Monday.