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Should fans begin to worry in Oklahoma City?

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Panic Time in Oklahoma City?

The Oklahoma City Thunder lost their 3rd game in a row Wednesday night.  After a disappointing 121-108 loss to the Orlando Magic, the Thunder have an 8-12 record this season. The Thunder shot 39.6 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.  The Thunder are 0-8 against other Western Conference teams this season away from Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Orlando was in a slump of their own losing nine straight, before breaking it Wednesday night.

Russel Westbrook, 2017 NBA MVP, tried to lead the Thunder to a comeback win scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter. Sadly, Westbrook’s efforts were not successful.

The question now becomes, should Thunder fans be worried? Although the Thunder beat the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors earlier this season, they haven’t lived up to expectations.

A team that now has Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony was expected by many to make a run and possibly win the Western Conference.  However, losing games to the Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic is something fans would never have expected.

“I take ownership of everything that’s going on it starts with me and we’re gonna turn this around,” said Westbrook.

Offseason Moves

This offseason the Thunder acquired Paul George from the Indiana Pacers and Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks.

Both George and Anthony have both impressive NBA resumes. Anthony is a 10-time NBA All-Star and a three-time Olympic gold medalist. While George is a four-time NBA All-star and an Olympic gold medalist as well.

Many thought George, Westbrook, and Anthony would become the “Big Three” in Oklahoma. The ultimate goal for this team is to win an NBA Championship.  Before the season began, ESPN ranked the Thunder 6th in odds of winning the 2017-2018 NBA Championship.

Anthony told the Denver Post: “It’s a different energy, a different focus, a different motivation that I have, Paul has and Russ has, being that we haven’t won a championship yet in our careers. We see that, and that’s our ultimate goal.”

What is Next?


The Thunder look to bounce back Friday night when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Don’t worry yet Thunder fans they can still turn this season around. Remember it’s not always about how you start but how you finish that matters.

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Photo by Keith Allison