The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111 on Wednesday night. It was a heart-wrenching loss for the Thunder as they led most of the way.
Where it all went wrong
The Thunder’s downward spiral began in the third quarter when Russell Westbrook went to the bench. Westbrook’s supporting cast, which has been repeatedly bashed all year, let him down big time. The Thunder were up 12 when Westbrook went to the bench and after a 12-3 run by the Rockets, Westbrook returned to just a three-point lead. So much for getting out in front and staying there.
As previously mentioned the Thunder went on to lose the game after being outscored 29-22 in the fourth quarter.
Who’s to blame?
A lot of fingers are being pointed by a lot of different people. Is the Game 2 loss Westbrook’s fault? Is it Oladipo’s? Is it Billy Donovan’s? Is it the supporting casts?
Truth be told, it’s a combination of all of the above.
Westbrook was playing extremely well prior to his fatal move to the bench in the third quarter. Once he came back, however, he was off the mark, to say the least. Westbrook went just 4/18 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Although Westbrook shot poorly and too much in the fourth, did he have any other choice? Was he supposed to trust the same supporting cast that just relinquished the lead he’d largely built?
As for Billy Donovan, perhaps he should’ve put Westbrook back on the court once he felt the tide start to shift. Yes, Westbrook needs a break but the end of the third was a crucial time in the game and better coaching from Donovan could’ve been vital.
Up next for the Thunder is Game 3 back home. Seeing their home fans all riled up should spark the Thunder and hopefully, for their sake, provide them with the boost needed to swing the series in their favor.
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