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Thunder Drop To (3-12) After Loss To The Warriors
The Thunder have been on a very slippery losing slope and are trying to figure out how they going to recover. The Thunder have been competing in all of there games coming into the game against the Warriors. The first half Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were on fire and it seemed like anything they wanted they were getting from the perimeter. The Splash Brothers were held to 35 points in the game but they weren’t the reason the Warriors won it was the monster game from Marreese Speights. The game that Speights had was what every NBA team wants from their big man as he finished with 28 points and 7 points. Speights talked on him always being ready and said “Every chance I get I’m going to stay ready, and go out there and do things I can do; play defense and help my teammates, and score when I can.”
Steve Kerr said “Mo Speights was ridiculous” and he wasn’t lying no matter who they put on Speights he was eating in the paint. The good thing that the Thunder can take from this 91-86 loss to the Warriors on Sunday is the fact that they were in the game all the way to the end. Reggie Jackson has grown into a low key superstar and isn’t turning back as we can see he doesn’t drive with the rearview mirror. Jackson had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists nearly a triple double. Reggie Jackson has stepped up to the plate and knows that the spotlight is on him and the pressure is on but he is still confident that the Thunder will bounce back and make it to the finals. Other bright spots in this game were the role players as Andre Roberson was locking down Klay Thompson in the second half and also Anthony Morrow is finding his shooting touch as he added 16 points from off the bench.
The Thunder are 3-12 and the fans are getting anxious for wins but you have to be impressed with the fact that they are fighting in every game they have lost. When Russ and KD get back it will be huge because the players that aren’t used to getting these many minutes will be back in their comfort zone and will have the experience. This is a true test for any coach and Brooks has taken the challenge and stayed behind his players from the beginning and isn’t going to stop now as he picked up a tech and has been in the referees faces fighting calls with his players.
The Thunder play the Jazz on Wednesday at Chesapeake Arena and will have to try to find a way to actually try to stop Burke and Favors from doing what they want too like the postseason. With KD and Westbrook progressing the Thunder will have to pick up some wins to keep them in true contention for the playoff run in April.
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