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