The Oklahoma City Thunder went into tonight’s matchup with the San Antonio Spurs not having won a game in San Antonio in the regular season since Christmas Day 2014. Unfortunately, that trend continued as the Spurs got the best of the Thunder 121-112.
Keep Fighting a Good Fight
Coming into the season, nobody really knew what to expect out of this team. Some fans want to try to win just like any other season, while others have called for tanking. The problem with this team is that it’s hard to tell which will actually benefit the franchise in the long run.
The Thunder has legitimately more draft picks than they can realistically use in the future, as well as a pool of young talent that has the potential to bud into a quality team in a decently short amount of time. So what should they do in the meantime?
So far this season, OKC has stayed competitive in every single game. They’ve not been blown out, and they’ve not trailed by too many points at any given moment, and that has created multiple opportunities for fun finishes. In my mind, this type of play creates a win-win.
If the Thunder wins, then the fans win, and the young players win. Losing too often too early in a career can create a losing mindset, and that’s the last thing OKC wants for its young stars OR for its fanbase.
If the Thunder loses, the franchise wins, because it means a greater opportunity at a better draft pick come next summer.
Regardless of the outcome of games, the best thing for the franchise overall is to be competitive, continue to learn and grow as a team, and in the end, look towards a better future. So far this season, that’s exactly what the Thunder has done.
By the Numbers
- 31: The total number of rebounds for the Thunder, the lowest by a Thunder team in a game since February 12, 2013, against the Utah Jazz
- 12: The total number of offensive rebounds for the Spurs, making this the 3rd consecutive game of allowing at least that many offensive rebounds
- 6: The total number of Thunder players who scored in double figures
- 26: The total number of assists by the Thunder, a season high
Thunder Player of the Game
Danilo Gallinari has been consistent for the Thunder this season, and his performance tonight was his best since arriving in OKC. Gallinari finished with a team-high 27 points on 7-of-10 (70.0%) from the field, including 5-of-6 (83.3%) from three, and 8-of-9 (88.9%) from the free throw line. He added 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist, and while he only has this year remaining on his contract, it’s hard to not at least think about the possibility of him staying in OKC after the season is over.
The Thunder is headed home for a weekend back-to-back slate against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. The Thunder has played the Warriors in OKC once already this season.
That game was a 120-92 thrashing, and that was when Steph Curry and Draymond Green were healthy. The Warriors are nowhere near full capacity, so the Thunder should be able to pick up a nice win in front of the home crowd.
Tip-off is set for 7 PM CT, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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