— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 2, 2017
The Thunder dropped their third straight game tonight 128-100 to the Chicago Bulls. After the previous two losses without Enes Kanter, it seemed like the Thunder might finally have figured out a rotation and made the necessary adjustments. However, tonight was just like the other games without Kanter, maybe even worse. Oklahoma City was unable to find consistency on either side of the ball, and could not stay in the game with Russell Westbrook on the bench.
The game actually started on a positive note with Andre Roberson knocking down a three, which is always a good sign for the Thunder offense. Things quickly changed when Westbrook allowed Jimmy Butler to heat up. After Butler got the scoring going for the Bulls it seemed like they were able to score from just about anywhere and do it however they wanted to. Chicago stayed in control for the entire game, never letting OKC have any hope.
Russ Needs Help
The storyline is starting to become the same game after game, Russ simply can’t do it on his own. Despite having another good scoring and passing game, the Thunder couldn’t seem to hang with the Bulls. Oklahoma City shot 38% from the floor tonight as a team, and an awful 27% from beyond the arc. Tonight was just another game where the Thunder couldn’t seem to knock down shots. They had open looks and plenty opportunities, but none of them wanted to fall.
You really cant ask Russell Westbrook to do anymore than he already is. Russ is getting his points every game. He’s going to the foul line, he’s rebounding, and he’s creating open looks for everyone around him. He comes out every night with a fresh mentality, and a relentless will to win. However, there is not nearly enough support around him. He can only do so much before having to rely on his teammates. I’m not sure Westbrook can carry much more of the burden than he already is, because if he could, he would.
The question is, where do you go from here if you’re the Oklahoma City Thunder? I think there’s a couple possible outcomes for the current situation the team has found themselves in. I’m sure the one that a majority of people are thinking is that the season is over. The Thunder could just fold and fall down in the Conference rankings, and finish the season on the outside looking in for the playoffs. However, I think something is gonna change, and I think this team is going to turn some things around.
There are two things that I know for sure. One is that Sam Presti is a genius, and the other is that Russell Westbrook is the best player in the world. I don’t think either of these guys have tanking in mind for the rest of this season. I think Russ will gather the troops and get this thing going on the right track again. I’m sure Sam Presti is closing in on his next move now, and he will be bringing in some back up soon. So, let’s hang tight Thunder fans, and look forward to seeing more wins and more dunks like this in the future.
Russell Westbrook leaves Jimmy Butler in the dust before dropping the hammer. https://t.co/zwcEKQknqf
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 2, 2017
The Thunder will be back in action again on Friday night when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the Peake. The game will start at 7:00 PM CST and will be televised on FSOK. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.