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Saturday, March 28, 2009


In a era of tumbling numbers on Wall Street, The Blunder defy the trend as they continue to show growth in the loss sector. Toronto raced out to an early lead and never looked back as they won their season-high third straight game by silencing the Blunder on Friday night, 112-96. Both teams, long since eliminated from the playoffs, are merely playing for pride, or perhaps losing to improve lottery-pick positioning.

Toronto center Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Shawn Marion added 20 and 11. Nick Collison led the Blunder with 21 and 7, the first time he has led the team in scoring since the former Sonics moved to OKC. Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant had 18 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Chucky Atkins had 2 points on 1-for-7 shooting in 23 minutes, Durant and Westbrook both had 4 turnovers and Jeff Green was 0-for-4 from three-point range to lead the Blunder low-lights. OKC, 6-29 on the road this season, have not won back-to-back road games this year.

The Thunder had just two offensive rebounds in the first half, which Durant said was an indicator of the team's effort.

"We could have played a lot harder, obviously," Durant said. "That's tough because that's the easiest thing to do in basketball, to play hard. We've got another game coming up (vs. Boston) to redeem ourselves, but this one is tough because we could have controlled the game earlier by playing harder, getting into our offense better and stopping them on the defensive end."

Interim Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his players must produce an improved defensive performance when they visit Boston on Sunday. "Defense is two things," Brooks said. "It's a mind-set and it's also helping each other out and we didn't have either one tonight. We have to make sure we get back to that the next couple of games."

Makes you wonder why Brooks still has the 'interim' tag. Is he auditioning for a contract, or simply a stop-gap until they can find a bigger name? How many coaches would want to coach in OKC? The team has talent and draft picks, so maybe that's the lure they are counting on. With 10 games left, can the Blunder get 60 losses?

Blunder: 21-52, last place.
Playoff outlook: eliminated.
Next loss: Sunday vs. Boston


Anonymous said...

we're shooting for 60 (losses)! maybe that's the new blunder rallying cry.

it will be intersting to see what becomes of scott brooks at end of the season. what a thankless job.

Kevin said...

The Blunder don't have a winnable game the rest of the year. You could say the Clippers, but the Clippers own them this year!

auroraave said...

You know you are in trouble when teh Clippers own you! Does the Clippers have a winning record against ANY team ove the past few seasons?

JAWA said...

Remember when the OKC trolls were bragging that their town was recession proof!? Well, they're right in a way, although I don't think this is what they had in mind ; ]

seahawker101 said...

not even 10 games, they only have 9 games to get them to that magical number

acompleteunknown said...

It's doubtful that the Blunder would have made the Final Four had they been an NCAA team. Maybe they beat Michigan St....but no way Nova or UNC.

Anonymous said...

There's no way the Blunder get past Cal State Northridge. MAYBE Cal Poly Pomona.