The Thunder have yet to find their cohesiveness in the regular season picking up another loss, this time to the Boston Celtics at 101-95 and going 0-4 in the regular season.
The Thunder looked strong on offense starting the game off with an 11-2 run holding the Celtics to only four points midway through the first quarter. It looked as if this Thunder team was a completely different team. But then the third quarter happened..
OKC comes out of the locker room with a comfortable 50-34 lead over the Celtics, and Boston, who was 0-11 from the 3-point range in the first half, starts nailing nearly every 3-point attempt taken and takes the lead at 74-72 going into the final quarter of the game.
The fourth quarter was messy, and with the Thunder offense unable to hold up in the final and most crucial part of the game, the Celtics were able to walk away with the win adding to the Thunder loss column.
- The Thunder really seemed to have more of a rhythm going with Jerami Grant in the starting lineup. I liked what Grant brought to the floor, and his hustle was notable. He made some hard shots, and he used a side of power Thunder fans haven’t seen in awhile allowing him to push forward to the basket and make some vital plays on offense.
- Hamidou Diallo continues to get more playing time, and I see him inching closer and closer to possibly taking the fifth starting position. Tonight he played 20 minutes picking up six shots, and his level of timidness and hesitance is incredibly low. That’s refreshing to see, especially coming from a 20-year-old rookie.
- This team is not a shooting team. Offense is becoming the Thunder’s weakest link. The Thunder now have the lowest shooting percentage in the league from the field at 39.1 percent, and the lowest 3-point shooting percentage in the league at 24.1 percent. The Thunder are taking too many 3-point attempts when the guys should be focusing more on staying inside the paint and making plays they’re more able to execute.
- It’s not time to panic.. Yet. There are still 78 games left to be played. Yes, this is the epitome of a slow and disappointing start to the regular season, but I predict this Thunder team will find its groove soon, and the chemistry on the court among the Thunder players will increase.
The Thunder will be back in action here in Oklahoma City against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday with a tip set for 6 p.m.
Watch below for a postgame wrap-up, including locker room pressers from Paul George, Steven Adams and Alex Abrines.