Monday from Chesapeake Energy Arena, five games of momentum vanished as a deflated Thunder group left the floor vs. Steve Kerr’s peaking collective. A giant all season, Westbrook ended with just 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting.
The triple-double averaging guard remained coy postgame, stating:
“It was just one of those nights. Shots didn’t fall. … They made shots, as well. A few mishaps defensively, but we’ll be all right.”
Though, obviously, there was more to this loss. Something ill-defined and pervasive hung about the team as they acknowledged defeat for the fourth time this season vs. Golden State — though the first minus former cornerstone Kevin Durant.
As the smoke clears from that encounter, and OKC’s marathon season begins its final stage, this evening Oklahoma City seeks to rise anew opposite a hard-luck, yet bold Philadelphia 76ers collective.
For Brett Brown’s 26-win crew, injuries have closed the door on a surprise playoff run. However, through 70 games, this young franchise has fostered an undeniable winning spirit.