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.
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The game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder was one for the ages and looked more like an ABA game of lore. In the end, the Mavericks walked out of Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 135-131 victory.
“It was a great basketball game,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “Every once in a while, you stand over there and you say, `This is an unbelievable game to be a part of,’ and it was. The extreme momentum swings back and forth – the shot making was breathtaking.”
Even another Russell Westbrook triple double (31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) could not help the Thunder, losers of three of their last four games. Center Enes Kantor also added 30 points and 16 rebounds.
“I think we just got beat on a lot of pick-and-rolls, and I think we just have to work on it,” Kanter said.
The Thunder continue their road trip to another playoff contending team, the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours today!
Oklahoma turned their home court advantage into the Peoples Court and delivered a verdict that left the Lakers team and fans stunned. Not to say that this couldn’t happen what with the way the Lakers struggled to put away the Nuggets in seven games and the Nuggets are nowhere near as athletic as the Thunder.
The Thunder handled the Lakers to take a 15-point halftime lead and everybody figured that the Lakers would make halftime adjustments and come out in the third ready to game but, that didn’t happen. Instead, the Thunder opened the third with a 15-2 blitz and never looked back.
“It’s their explosiveness,” Bryant said of the Thunder during postgame interviews. “When they go on runs, they go on big runs. We have to do a better job when those runs take place to cut that water off right away. Once they get going, it goes downhill quickly.”
The Thunder also set a new franchise record with only 4-turnovers for the entire game.
”I think that’s huge,” coach Scott Brooks said. ”Four – we’ve had that the first 6 minutes of games at times.”
The Lakers will have to regroup and hope for a little more rest and a better outcome.
”Obviously, they’re (more) well-rested than we are but I don’t think it made that much of a difference for us,” Bryant said. We could have had the same amount of days off. They’re just younger and faster. And tonight, what you saw is them executing extremely well.”
The Lakers/Thunder Game 2 is May 16, 2012. Be sure to get your tickets soon!