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Can the Thunder fix their panic mode before it’s too late

Can the Thunder fix their panic mode before it’s too late

If blowing games in the fourth quarter is an artform than the Thunder are Leonardo Divinci. For the 16th time this season Oklahoma City used the final frame to snatch defeat from the jaw of victory.
This time instead of having talk show host rail about how this needs to get fixed before the playoffs, OKC has put the season and franchise in peril. The Thunder lead 96-89 with only 5:09 separating them from another appearance in the NBA finals. Then OKC, went, well….OKC.
In the next three minutes (or there about) GSW would outscore the Thunder 10-3. Even the media room you could feel the tension of all 18-thousand plus who packed the Peak.
Klay Thompson nailed a three with 1:35 left to put the Warriors up 104-101, on the ensuing possession Kevin Durant would attempt to tie it early in the shot clock, his missed and GAME OVER!!!
The Thunder’s demons are back, the 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals is smoke. Before tip Billy Donovan said. It wasn’t about the result; his team just needed to play 48 minutes. Throughout the playoffs, this was not an issue; Oklahoma City was proving to be closers who valued the ball, and knew there more than Durrant and Russell Westbrook, who could contribute.
The Thunder’s uncanny knack to panic came front and center. Simply put, the moment was too big.
Too big for Kevin Durant, and to a lesser extent Russ. When asked about Durant doing too much down the stretch Steven Adams said, “We want him to do everything he can. He’s one of the best players in the world, so we want him to be aggressive and he can.”
Durant want’s to be known as the best player in the world, to get that honor you rise in the big moments of the postseason, see Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
It’s not a foregone conclusion that GSW wins on Monday, just as it proved not to be a forgone conclusion that OKC would wrap things up on Saturday. There is a reason to hope; the Thunder has won in Oakland, it’s a matter of remembering who they have become not who they were

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