Thunder going cold when it matters most
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That is how the saying goes, but 2015 cannot even reach the point of that saying because of how many injuries have occurred for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. And, when it matters most, the Thunder seem to be falling apart at the seams. Having lost four straight games, including two blowout losses to the San Antonio Spurs, the Thunder find themselves on the outside looking in (0.5 game back of the New Orleans Pelicans).
So, what has gone wrong in the last week for the Thunder?
The easy answer is that they have faced a tough schedule in the last four games, but I think that it is a much deeper issue than that. There are several stars that are out due to injury (Durant and Ibaka), and they have fought back to become the first team to ever go from nine games below .500 to nine games above .500 in the same season. Those two factors have left the Thunder’s gas tank on empty at this point in the season, even though Russell Westbrook has been a triple-double machine since the All-Star break.
The remaining schedule for the Thunder includes games against the Kings, Pacers, Trail Blazers, and Timberwolves; with two at home and two on the road. The current No. 8 seed, New Orleans Pelicans have games against the Grizzlies, Suns, Rockets, Timberwolves, and Spurs. They currently have a 0.5 game lead for the No. 8 seed, and of their five remaining games, three are on the road.
It is going to be an interesting last seven days of the NBA regular season, and hopefully the Thunder can figure out a way to use what little gas they have left in the tank. Otherwise, they will be staying home and getting healthy while preparing to put this never-ending nightmare of a season behind them.
Dustin Brown covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/thunder-going-cold-matters/AnalysisBasketballNBA#KevinDurant,#NBAPlayoffs,#OKC,#Pelicans,#RussellWestbrook,#SergeIbaka,NBA,New Orleans Pelicans,Oklahoma City Thunder,San Antonio SpursWhen the going gets tough, the tough get going. That is how the saying goes, but 2015 cannot even reach the point of that saying because of how many injuries have occurred for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. And, when it matters most, the Thunder seem to be...Dustin BrownDustin Brownddogbrown@yahoo.comContributorDustin Brown lives, eats and breathes sports. When he’s not watching sports or talking about them, he is hanging out with his wife and four children. Dustin enjoys being fully immersed in the sports world, and he has had opportunities writing for Salute Magazine (current), Page 2 Sports and Sports Rants, but is back with MFST where his writing career started.MyFantasySportsTalk