It's Déjà Vu All Over Again For Thunder


By Randy Renner

The Thunder are producing an ugly sequel to the hit Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day" with Reggie Jackson in the starring role.

Our star keeps living the same day over and over again.

Jackson and his Thunder teammates again played great in the beginning, swooned in the second half, rallied late to get the game enticingly close and Reggie takes the shot that would win the game if only it would splash instead of clang.

Nets 94, Thunder 92.

Brooklyn snaps a five game losing streak, Oklahoma City extends a four game skid to five, the longest losing streak the franchise has had since the 2008-09 season.

Jackson sat at his locker with his head in his hands and ice wraps on both knees and his right ankle.

He stared into space, more than likely replaying those final shots of the last few games in his head.

The shame if it all is that Reggie had a pretty solid game overall, 21 points, eight assists. The problem came in the fourth quarter, nine points, but no assists. The ball stopped moving at critical times. 

The Thunder shot just 27.3 percent in the fourth quarter and handed out exactly one more assist as a team, than a dead man would and that killed their chances.

Head coach Scott Brooks continued to talk about how close this team is to winning games and he's right.

They are achingly close. They play hard, they show a lot of grit, they fight till the end but they just don't have enough to win. They get right there and can't close it out.

"I didn't like the outcome," Brooks said after the game, "but throughout this season we have demonstrated that we are more than capable of winning games. A couple of breaks go our way, a couple of shots drop and the game could have easily gone our way."

But it didn't and just as this horror show of an early season has shown, sometimes being close can be far more cruel than being far away. 

The Thunder now sit at 3-11 and in last place in the Western Conference. They could probably just as easily be 8-6 or 7-7 if they could catch a break or find some sort of way to get over the hump and close a game out.

Right now they're all searching for answers but not finding any. We asked Jeremy Lamb about that. What will it take to turn the corner and start winning some games?

He just stared at the locker room floor and said so quietly you could barely hear, "I have no idea."

Randy Renner