Simple Reasons for the Thunder Blunders

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:35 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 3, 2011 9:53 PM CDT

Dont panic Thunder fans.&#160; I know your team already has as many April losses as it did in the entire month of March, but lets not declare them the Indiana Pacers just yet.&#160;&#160; <br/><br/>Heres the way I see the two losses:<br/><br/>Friday they settled for far too many threes, 27.&#160; And they only made 7.&#160; Kevin Durant shot 13 threes and only 4 free throws.&#160; Those numbers need to be reversed.<br/><br/>Saturday Russell Westbrook struggled to 1 of 12 shooting from the floor.&#160; Thats not to pin things on #0, but he wasnt his usual All Star self.&#160; Hes entitled to a couple of clunkers.&#160; <br/><br/>This team is built around the ability to get to the rim.&#160; Westbrook, Durant and James Harden are all terrific at doing so and they are the Thunders three best offensive players. <br/><br/>I promise it wont take much film study for them to see how perimeter-oriented the team was in the losses Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>And I bet it will be corrected in time for the Nuggets on Tuesday night.&#160; At least it better be.<br/><br/>The point is that before they acquired Kendrick Perkins and Nazir Mohammed, when the Thunder lost it was something like 112-106 and we all said they didnt defend.&#160; <br/><br/>The Thunder didnt allow 100 points in either loss this weekend.&#160; They just didnt shoot the ball well or take good shots.&#160; And this is not a team that has a long history of either of those things.<br/>