As the first week of basketball comes to a close, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a predictable record of two wins and a loss.
However, the 2-1 record is rather misleading, as the Thunder could easily be rocking two losses right now.
Many players aren't playing like themselves right now, apart from Russell Westbrook.
For example, James Harden shot poorly again last night, going 0-5 from trey land. He has struggled in all three games this season.
Kevin Durant has spurts where he's shooting well and knocking down shots, but the rest of the game he'll just be off and brick shots left and right.
In short, the offense isn't clicking, and the defense isn't where it needs to be. The only time I've seen the defense close to where it was in the playoffs was in the last two minutes against the Bulls.
For the other 36 minutes, the Thunder didn't really have any answer for Derrick Rose. He basically proved me wrong on his ability. He is easily in the top three in finishing at the basket, on top of having elite speed.
He almost single-handedly carried the Bulls to a victory with his ability to get to the basket. He made up-and-unders look extremely easy, and started to show potential with a mid-range shot.
Thankfully, the Thunder had their defensive rotations in check for the last part of the game to close the game out.
Even in Detroit, the Thunder didn't really show up. They seemed to play distracted and allowed three-point shots against a team that's one of the best at shooting beyond the arch.
The recent poor perimeter defense is surprising, considering the Thunder have two fantastic outside defenders in Westbrook and Sefalosha. Oklahoma City is simply crashing too hard on driving guards, leaving the kick-out wide open far too often.
And last night's game against Utah should cause fans a little bit of concern, since the game was at home and the Thunder weren't playing a back-to-back.
The Jazz dominated the pick-and-roll all night and Deron Williams was basically doing all he wanted all game, apart from having a tough time with Westbrook. But then again, everybody is having trouble with Russ the Fuss (that's my nickname for him, I know, it's awesome) this season.
So what's the reason for all of this lack of production so far this season? Maybe the team simply let the hype get to their head. However, I'm confident the team will be just fine, and no cause to be worry for Thunder fans.
The Thunder's next two games are on the road against the Clippers, then travel to Portland to take on the Blazers in two very tough games. If the Thunder can split the two games I'll be happy.
Maybe we'll even see some more Cole Aldrich in the next games. Keep your fingers crossed.
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