Thunder Face Daunting Task Tonight
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
Not the easiest way to bounce back from a terrible home loss but that's what the Thunder are dealing with tonight when they face the San Antonio Spurs who haven't lost a game inside the AT&T Center since last season. They're 31-0 this season and 40-0 going back to last season.
The Thunder of course come into this game coming off a terrible loss at home to the lowly Timberwolves, who thanks to last night have as many wins now as the Thunder have losses.
OKC gave the game away with 24 turnovers, six by superstar Kevin Durant who took the blame for everything last night.
"It's all my fault," he said. "I wish I could take all of (the turnovers) back, man. I just have to watch film and see how I can be better," said Durant, who has 32 giveaways over his last five games. "I have to control those turnovers because it's bleeding into the rest of the team, and as a leader I take full responsibility."
Turnovers were the main problem but the Thunder also lost Andre Roberson to a sprained ankle and Serge Ibaka to foul trouble. The constant whistles kept Ibaka from being able to get into any kind of flow and he finished with zero points on 0-for-4 shooting.
The Thunder also seemed disinterested, both physically and mentally, neither their minds nor their bodies seemed to be in the game.
Play like that tonight and it will be ugly early and never get prettier.
The Spurs come in with the best defense in the NBA and the Thunder, are coming off a dismal offensive performance against the third worst defense in the league.
San Antonio is allowing just 92.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting, both numbers are tops in the league.
OKC is second in scoring averaging 110.1 points and third in shooting at 47.6 percent.
The Thunder didn't have shootaround today so we won't have an update on Roberson's status until Billy Donovan talks to reporters 90 minutes before tipoff which is set for 7:30 tonight on ABC.