The "D" is missing in Thuner
The headline says it all. There has been no "D" as in defense in Oklahoma City's game since they returned from the All Star Break. Not only are they 0-3 during that time but they've given up an average of 114 points per game.
In their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers they gave up 44 points in the fourth quarter. In their loss to Cleveland they gave up 42 points in the final frame as the Cavs hit 14-21 shots. That's a 66 percent clip with Cleveland scoring on 20 of 26 possessions.
Listening to the Thunder talk you would think they were at confessional as they discussed what they must do to improve their defense.
"It's about second and third efforts. Understanding the schemes. Just playing harder.", according to Kevin Durant.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook agreed. "You gotta take individual pride. Just take individual pride in guarding. Playing team defense and helping each other out."
"Personally I haven't done to well," is what Thunder guard Reggie Jackson said. "I've let guys just blow by me offensively and get easy baskets and create havoc. I have to have much more individual pride."
Oklahoma City is on a three game losing streak for the first time this season. They get a chance to break that streak play improved defense Friday night when Memphis comes to Oklahoma City for a 7:00 tip off.