Another lead going into the 4th quarter……another loss.
This is becoming the trend for the Oklahoma City Thunder. And it’s not a trend that Thunder fans want to see.
The Thunder responded to their 22 point blown lead and 5 point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers by losing a 9 point lead late in the 3rd quarter and a 15 point loss to the Golden State Warriors. Against the Clippers, the Thunder controlled the whole game until the midway point of the 4th quarter and then allowed the Clippers to end the game with a 26-5 run after the Thunder had a 16 point lead. The Thunder shot 25% from the field in the 4th quarter with superstars Russell Westbrook going 0 for 6 shooting, 2 points, 1 turnover and Kevin Durant going 2 for 5, 5 points, and 3 turnovers. The Thunder allowed the Clippers to shoot 52% from the field and 35 points in the 4th quarter. Against the Warriors, the Thunder shot 40% in the 4th quarter with Russell Westbrook going 4 of 8 shooting, 0 of 3 on 3pt FGs, and 9 points while Kevin Durant went 2 for 3 shooting, 8 points, and 4 key turnovers. The Thunder allowed the Warriors to shoot 63% from the field and 39 points in the 4th quarter.
Something is just not clicking with the Thunder in the 4th quarter. The keys to the Thunder’s demise in the 4th quarter have been a mix of key turnovers, stagnant offense, and really bad defense. The points created off of turnovers add up quick and are vital in games against great opponents like the Clippers and Warriors. The Thunder have now lost 10 games when leading after three quarters and are tied with Philadelphia 76ers for most in the league. The 8-53 Philadelphia 76ers. Ponder that while you can.
The Thunder have to lick their wounds and move on during this tough half of the regular season schedule. The Thunder are only one game behind the LA Clippers now in the Western Conference standings. Next on the schedule is the Milwaukee Bucks on the road this Sunday at 2:30pm.