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The Thunder fight valiantly, but losses are piling up

The Thunder fight valiantly, but losses are piling up

Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma City keep losing heart-breaking close contests In another down to the wire contest that could have gone either way, the visiting Oklahoma City succumbed late to an injury-hit New Orleans Pelicans. Playing without Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, New Orleans leaned on Zion Williamson’ scoring and playmaking to deal the Thunder their 13th loss of the season. The former top overall pick finished with 23 points on 11-of-18 shooting, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 blocks. SGA shot just 7-of-21 from the field but 16-of-18 from the foul...
Nov 28, 2022
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is delivering for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is delivering for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports The Villanova forward is playing some of the best basketball of his career The last five games have not gone well for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team has suffered four defeats, three of those coming by double digits. The other loss came against Denver. In that game, OKC succumbed to the Nuggets’ pressure and lost late in the game. The start of the season looked as if the Thunder were primed for possible play-in campaign but the team has spiraled to an 8-12 record. We are a quarter of the way through the season and it feels like...
Nov 28, 2022
5 thoughts from the Thunder’s first 20 games

5 thoughts from the Thunder’s first 20 games

Photo by Logan Riely/NBAE via The first quarter of the season is done, time to analyse the data The Thunder’s rather embarrassing 118-105 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday marked the 20th game of the 2022-23 season for the team, a season that has so far produced a flurry of scintillating moments. But the season has not lacked when it comes to gloomy, despondent moments. The Thunder have been very up and down. Oklahoma City find themselves sitting at 8-12, good for #12 in the Western Conference and 24th overall in the NBA. There have been some huge wins, like...
Nov 24, 2022
What the numbers say about OKC’s loss to the Denver Nuggets

What the numbers say about OKC’s loss to the Denver Nuggets

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports The Thunder lost a tight one in overtime The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered another heartbreaking overtime defeat at home against the Denver Nuggets, 131-126, on Wednesday night. With the memories of OKC’s tough loss to Milwaukee – also in OT – still fresh in fans’ minds, watching OKC collapse despite being up 7 with less than 5 minutes to go was a brutal experience. Yes, the Thunder are a developing team and going blow for blow with one of the Western Conference’s leaders is a good base for a moral victory. But with an actual...
Nov 23, 2022
The week in review: Takeaways from an inconsistent stretch of Thunder basketball

The week in review: Takeaways from an inconsistent stretch of Thunder basketball

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports A look into how early season lapses have plagued the Oklahoma City Thunder Every single week, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander raises his game and impresses the whole world. He is now finally getting the recognition for his brilliance; the most underrated star in the league is now shining bright on a national stage. High praises for Oklahoma City’s franchise player started after their win against the Washington Wizards. Gilgeous-Alexander tied a career high with 42 points, while also making a game winning three pointer. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander....
Nov 22, 2022
The Oklahoma City Thunder need to gather some momentum

The Oklahoma City Thunder need to gather some momentum

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports OKC need to stop the rot and start picking up wins The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their third loss in four games after losing at home to the New York Knicks, 129-119. Given the ass-whooping OKC delivered at Madison Square Garden over a week ago, it was not surprising to see a motivated Knicks side return the favor, dropping the Thunder to 7-10. The Thunder will play three of their next five games at home before embarking on a critical five-game road trip in December. How they perform over this stretch might dictate where they land in a...
Nov 21, 2022
Aleksej Pokusevski is finally playing good basketball

Aleksej Pokusevski is finally playing good basketball

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Aleksej Pokusevski has been integral to the Thunder’s strong performances He may have taken his sweet, sweet time, but Aleksej Pokusevski is finally playing well. His first two years consisted of the occasional flashes but they were largely a rough viewing experience for fans. His recent performances indicate that the tides are turning this season. Through 14 games, Pokusevski is averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks on 49.1% from the field and 41.7% from three-point range. It is a marked improvement and we are seeing...
Nov 18, 2022
The numbers behind the Oklahoma City’s first fifteen games

The numbers behind the Oklahoma City’s first fifteen games

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The Thunder have been surprisingly solid against stout competition Sparked by the NBA season’s new super-duper-star on the rise, the Oklahoma City Thunder have become one of the league’s pleasant surprises – a competitive bunch of talented, athletic, and motivated young studs who will put up a fight against any team on a nightly basis. Given the unfortunate off-season injury to potential franchise cornerstone Chet Holmgren, many assumed OKC would suffer through another loss-heavy regular season and that the upcoming NBA Draft would...
Nov 15, 2022
Josh Giddey using his floater makes the Oklahoma City Thunder more potent in the half-court

Josh Giddey using his floater makes the Oklahoma City Thunder more potent in the half-court

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Giddey’s floater makes him more aggressive and opens up more passing lanes for the young Aussie On Sunday, the Thunder played a high-scoring matinee contest against the New York Knicks. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was amazing as per usual but the story of the night belonged to Josh Giddey. Giddey finally broke out of his funk and notched another triple-double in Madison Square Garden. He is the first person since Wilt Chamberlain to have consecutive triple-doubles in one of the NBA’s most storied arenas. Giddey played aggressively from the...
Nov 14, 2022
Aleksej Pokusevski’s improved interior defense is benefitting the OKC Thunder

Aleksej Pokusevski’s improved interior defense is benefitting the OKC Thunder

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Pokusevski is playing some of the best basketball of his career The Thunder’s blowout win on Friday night against the Toronto Raptors was a ton of fun to watch. We saw Oklahoma City move the ball quickly and finally the team’s stuttering offense kicked into life. The Thunder’s defense was also hugely impressive when you consider that Oklahoma City played without a traditional center. Mike Muscala did not see a minute of action with Coach Daigneault going to Aleksej Pokusevski and Eugene Omoruyi at the 5. The Thunder were under-sized...
Nov 11, 2022
Throwback Friday: How Russell Westbrook dropped a 57-point triple-double on the Orlando Magic

Throwback Friday: How Russell Westbrook dropped a 57-point triple-double on the Orlando Magic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Prime Russell Westbrook was a different animal, refresh your memories of one of the most electrifying players ever. The 2016-17 NBA season was far and away the best season of Thunder legend Russell Westbrook’s Hall of Fame career and while he has still had some incredible moments since then, he has not quite done anything like what he did that year. After Kevin Durant ditched him for the Golden State Warriors, Westbrook went no holds barred on the entire league, breaking record after record, hitting game winner after game winner and...
Nov 10, 2022
SGA continues to score out of his damn mind

SGA continues to score out of his damn mind

Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports Gilgeous-Alexander is red-hot and shows no sign of slowing down The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Big 3-less Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, squandering what could have been a monumental win for the rebuilding team at home against a veteran squad, albeit not for lack of effort. The Bucks, led by the continued resurrection of Brook Lopez, pulled out key defensive stops in the second period and leaned on both of their big men plus some quality free throw shooting to pull out the victory. If there’s...
Nov 9, 2022
The misfiring Thunder offense

The misfiring Thunder offense

David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma City have been putrid when it comes to scoring the ball The Thunder’s first ten games have been relatively solid but the team’s performance has been very up and down. Oklahoma City have been excellent on the defensive end of the floor despite the absence of Chet Holmgren but early wins have masked some of the Thunder’s issues. Outside of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the whole team has struggled to score the basketball efficiently. Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.8 points per game on 55.7% effective field goal percentage. His...
Nov 4, 2022
The week in review: Takeaways from the Oklahoma City Thunder

The week in review: Takeaways from the Oklahoma City Thunder

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports Talking points from last week’s action Despite Oklahoma City’s loss to the Denver Nuggets last night, the Thunder have been rolling lately. Coming into Thursday night's matchup, Oklahoma City was on a four game winning streak. During the win streak, they defeated title contenders in the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks, along with a victory over the Orlando Magic. These wins helped the Thunder bounce back from an 0-3 start to the season. The catalyst for Oklahoma City thus far has been their franchise player, Shai...
Nov 2, 2022
The Thunder’s defense is winning games

The Thunder’s defense is winning games

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma City are a top-five team in Defensive Rating For the first time since November of last year, Oklahoma City are on a four game winning streak. The Thunder have played hard, executed well down the stretch of tight games and wins are starting to stack up. It is still early days in the season but the Thunder are currently #8 in the Western Conference. I do not expect the Thunder to finish in the playoffs this season but the recent stretch of games have been impressive. Oklahoma City beat the Clippers comprehensively and then eked out...