A little side story as the Oklahoma City Thunder finish off the regular season and gear up for the post-season, is the number of wins they will be able to achieve. While it is now official that the Thunder will remain the #2 seed in the Western Conference, whether they can back up last year’s 60 win mark comes down to tonight’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans and the final regular season game against the Detroit Pistons.
Win both and you net yourself 60 wins for the second consecutive season – but there is no room for error.
Even a win won’t enable the Thunder to increase their winning percentage for a sixth consecutive year after their narrow loss to the Indiana Pacers, but another 60 win season would look very nice in the record books.
From 23 wins in the Thunder’s first ever season in OKC, they increased their number of wins (or winning percentage due to the lockout shortened season) each and every year – 50, 55, (47 – 19) and 60 last year. This year the best they can do is 60-22 again and they will be looking to achieve that, not just for the team’s record, but also as it will lead them into the playoffs in some winning form.
It can be hard to maintain focus once you have locked up your playoff seeding and when you are playing a couple of teams that are lottery bound, that task becomes a lot harder. The Thunder have had mixed results following the All Star break though and will want to really take these last two games on and set the tone for their post-season tilt.
Over the past week, the Thunder have displayed a new defensive focus and mindset, forcing turnovers and scoring from them as well as limiting their own giveaways. Look for this to continue over the last two games. While Head Coach Scott Brooks might be inclined to rest his stars for large portions of these last two games, you can expect them to play and also for the reserves to get valuable minutes.
Hopefully we can expect a 2-0 record as well and another 60 win season for the Thunder.
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