After Saturday night’s blow out loss in Golden State, the Oklahoma City Thunder now sit at 34-27. OKC finds itself only a game and a half up on the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers entering Monday night.
The Thunder came into the season with high expectations. Adding elite level talent next to Russell Westbrook was the main goal going into the off-season. The additions of former All-Star’s Paul George and Carmelo Anthony brought a sense of hope in OKC. Oklahoma City gleamed with the possibility of returning to contention only one season removed from the departure of Kevin Durant.
Things haven’t gone quite as well as many thought they would. The Thunder are only sevens games above .500 and are less than two games up from the playoff line.
Oklahoma City’s struggles with consistency’s been erratic all season. Although, They’ve had stretches where they overwhelm elite teams like Golden State and Cleveland. They’ve also had stretches where they get smoked by the Orlando Magic and the Phoenix Suns.
The Thunder’s hanging on for their playoff lives and things are about to get even tougher for the new big three.
That is a brutal stretch of games for any team in the NBA. It is especially tough for a team who struggles with consistency on a night to night basis. It even tougher on a team hanging on for their playoff lives.
10 games against playoff teams are highlighted by four games against the top-4 teams in the NBA this season. Even though they have the talent to dig themselves out of holes, they can’t afford those lapses against the elite like Golden State, Houston, Toronto and Boston.
The Thunder need to figure this thing out and figure it out quick. Missing the playoffs would be a colossal failure for a team that came into the season as an NBA Finals hopeful.
The responsibility falls on the shoulders of the team’s big three. Westbrook, George and Anthony need to be the catalysts for high-level play for the rest of the season. “If the star players play better, the team won’t suck” is an obvious solution but it’s one that holds true in OKC.
The stars need to align for the Thunder, and their stars need to right the wrongs that their inconsistent effort has caused this season. The ten game stretch in March will test the grit of Oklahoma City Thunder. They need to respond fighting because those ten games will decide their fate.
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