Thunder Fall Short To “The Brow” (101-99)

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Updated: December 21, 2014
NBA: Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans

The Thunder had came into this game against the Pelicans off a nail bitter with the Lakers. The Thunder have been without Kevin Durant for the last two games and have been struggling trying to execute down the stretch. Scott Brooks has had to adjust the line up about 10 times or more in a span of 28 games on this short season. The injury to KD’s ankle was a huge blow but it was better than a broke bone again. The Pelicans came in tonight after a tough loss and Anthony Davis didn’t put up an MVP effort and tonight against the Thunder he was looking to redeem himself.

The Thunder had no answer for Anthony Davis as he was able to do anything he wanted to do against Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams. Anthony Davis ended his night with 38 points and as Kendrick Perkins said “He was unstoppable and was able to get any look he wanted tonight”. The Thunder weren’t able to actually stop the attack from the Pelicans as they went off for 39 assists and showed great poise in the passing game as they shared the ball. We are witnessing the second coming of a KG type player in Anthony Davis and he is coming. He put up 38 and 12 rebounds which shows that he is on his way as an up and coming superstar.

The Thunder need Kevin Durant back in the worst way and he should be coming back any game now. With KD’s offensive outburst in Golden State it is safe to say that he is back to his regular MVP ways. With KD getting hurt it keeps putting the Thunder bench players in awkward positions and its hard for them to gain chemistry when they are constantly having to adjust to injuries.

The Thunder face the Trail Blazers on Tuesday in a division battle and have to make sure they limit Lamarcus Aldridge from abusing them in the paint like Anthony Davis did tonight. Russell Westbrook has been playing like the MVP on the flip side of things and had 29 points tonight and he will have to continue his assault on the defense. The Thunder just have to lock down on defense as they try to go after that 8th seed in the West on Tuesday.

 

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