Sunday, November 23, 2008

Well, That Was a Little Better...

Even though they lost last night against the Hornets, the Thunder can walk away from the game feeling ok about how they played. They shot an impressive 52.8% from the field far better than any other effort this season. Kevin Durant led the way shooting 11 for 16 and scoring 30 points. Jeff Green rebounded from his awful performance on Friday night with 17 points off of 7 from 11 from the field. Chris Wilcox had a double double (14 points, 10 rebounds). Russell Westbrook nearly had a double double in assists and points which would have been a first for the Thunder, but he ended a point short at 9. He was one of a few OKC players that did not shoot well on the night (3 for 10).

The Thunder made five 3 pointers with Durant, Green, Westbrook, and Damien Wilkins (2) each hitting at least one. Free throw shooting could be considered a sore spot on the night as the Thunder only hit 69.6% of their free throws, but that statistic was pulled down by the 0-fers put up by Wilcox (3) and Joe Smith (2).

The Thunder cut their turnovers in half from Friday night and had 50% more assists. Hopefully this is a sign that the team will start moving away from always taking the quick shot and starting to look more for the open man. Our rebounds were down, but this was largely due to the fact that both teams made a higher percentage of their shots.

The biggest negative for OKC in the game was probably a lack of defense. We weren't able to contain either of David West or Chris Paul who lit up the Thunder for 33 and 29 points respectively. It's hard to beat a team when you give their top two 62 points.

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