The Oklahoma City Thunder adapt well to losing. After losing back-to-back games last Monday and Tuesday (January 2nd and 3rd), they have reeled off five straight victories, thanks in large part to the Durantula Kevin Durant.
The reigning NBA Scoring Champion in back-to-back seasons continues to make great strides in this league. During the Thunder’s five game wining streak the lengthy shooter from the University of Texas has averaged 25 points per game and has had three straight double-doubles.
On Wednesday night (January 11th) the Thunder knocked off the New Orleans Hornets, to get their fifth win in a row and fifth in six days. Durant led the way with 29 points on 11-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Durant’s other two members of the Thunder’s “Big 3″ had solid games as well. Point guard Russell Westbrook had 22 points and 7 assists, while James Harden added 14 points off the bench. They only got 7 points from their three other starters but the bench, including Harden made up for it by scoring 37 points.
The Thunder improved to 10-2 on the season, tying the Chicago Bulls for the league’s best record. They handled their toughest stretch of their schedule in a great way. I thought they should be able to win at least four out of five, but they were able to win all five. That is a very good sign, being as they are heavy favorites to win the Western Conference.
They have a fairly easy rest of the month in terms of who they play. Their opponents combined record for the rest of the month is 22-43. The only two teams with a winning record are the New York Knicks (6-4) and the Los Angeles Clippers (4-3). They have meetings with three of the worst teams in the league thus far in the season, the Washington Wizards (1-9), the New Jersey Nets (2-9), and the Detroit Pistons (2-8).
The schedule that remains for the rest of the month won’t be nearly as grueling as the first part of their season. They will have at least one day off after every game for the rest of the month. This will be good for them to rest just a little bit.
The loss of backup point guard, Eric Maynor will be crucial down the stretch for starter Westbrook. He will need to rest every now and then, but his backup is out for the season with a torn ACL.
However I do think the Thunder will be just fine led by the Durantula, Westbrook, and Harden. In fact, I am predicting that they do not lose a game the rest of the month due to their weak schedule.
About the Author
Written by Eddie McDonald
I am a junior at Clarion University. I come from a small town. I played high school basketball and baseball. I love sports and being able to write and voice my opinion on sports.