The Oklahoma City Thunder are now on the precipice of missing the 2015 NBA Playoffs entirely and with only five games left, the New Orleans Pelicans are on their heels, only 1/2 game away the 8th and final spot.
The Thunder faced off against Western Conference foes the Houston Rockets and had opportunities to take them out, but OKC could not overcome James Hardin’s 41 points in a 115-112 loss.
“A tough loss,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We’re making mental mistakes that we have to do a better job of understanding the situation. We talked about those things in the timeouts, and we have to be able to execute those. It’s a problem the last few games, and we have to do a better job with that. But we will keep teaching and keep figuring out ways to get better. But we have to be able to execute those situations.”
The Thunder have little time to dwell on the loss as they prepare to face the Defending NBA Champions (who are playing at that exact level again) San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night.