With a stretch that includes trips to Denver to face the Nuggets, Los Angeles to play the Clippers, New York to take on the Knicks, and at home to take on the “revived” Lakers, Oklahoma City is 1-1 on the current trip. With a buzzer beating loss to the Nuggets on Friday night, the Thunder bounced back with a statement win on the road against the Clippers, 108-104.
All NBA teams hit a “bump in the road” and have their down moments in the year. It seems as if this team has been inconsistent as of late, but we all know, this team will be judged on what they do in the playoffs, not regular season. Talking about the postseason, this brings up a big topic moving forward come late April.
Currently at 43-16, Oklahoma City is 3 games out of first in the West behind the mighty Spurs. However, with Parker out with an injury for four weeks, it’s now time for the Thunder to press down on the pedal and make a run for the number one seed. But wait.. Let’s think about this for a second. Do the Thunder actually want the one seed? Theoretically, if the Lakers do make the playoffs, it looks as if they will be the 8th seed. So, the question becomes: Do you want the one seed and play an extremely talented Laker team or be complacent with the 2nd seed and play a team like Utah or Houston in the first round?
If you don’t want to look so far ahead, you might have to. The playoffs start in April, and March is the last full month of regular season basketball. The Thunder have 23 games remaining, 12 on the road and 11 at home. This 4-game current trip Oklahoma City is on, will show fans a lot about the identity of this team.