Keep it Brief: How’d OKC get blown out by San Antonio?

Before OKC’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, the Thunder lost nine of their last 11 games. Unfortunately for them, they fell to the Spurs in blowout fashion,118-96, losing their 10th in 12 tries.

The writing is on the wall with what’s going wrong with the Thunder right now; they’re just young and lack the talent and stamina that comes with a long 82-game season. Not to mention, they’re on a road trip. However, what happened with the Thunder against the Spurs?

They were out-assisted from the jump. From the first seven minutes of the first quarter, San Antonio did a better job distributing the ball than OKC did. They did such a great job passing the ball that Dejounte Murray recorded his eighth career triple-double with 23 points, a career-high 14 assists, and ten rebounds. OKC’s high assist men were Josh Giddey with eight, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with seven. Outside of those two, the Thunder recorded four assists as a team.

As a whole, the Spurs out-assisted OKC 32-19.

The best player for the Thunder was a rookie, and while this is a developing team and it’s good to see young guys having big games, it’s dually as disappointing to see the caliber of game Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had, only scoring 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting. Lu Dort could have also had a better showing after only scoring 15 points on 4-13 shooting.

After losing 10 of 12 games, brief updates are the way to go. The Thunder have fallen to (14-30) on the season, and the NBA Draft Lottery is beginning to look increasingly bright for a team that’s trying to rack up another talented draft class. OKC will continue their four-game road trip against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night to try and stop their current three-game losing streak.

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Founder & Editor-in-Chief. National Association of Black Journalists. University of Central Oklahoma.

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