The shorthanded OKC Thunder couldn’t get past the equally shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers in a frustrating loss
Oklahoma City came into tonight’s game reeling after two tough losses. With the most difficult remaining schedule in the league, wins are at a premium for this team. Tonight the OKC Thunder dropped their third straight via a 108-104 deflating loss to the 76ers.
Paul George was forced to miss tonight’s game due to shoulder soreness, but that should not be an excuse for tonight’s outcome. Philadelphia was down their top player, Joel Embiid and they played with far more heart to start this game then the Thunder did.
The first half was an unmitigated disaster on all fronts for the OKC Thunder, but somehow they only trailed by a score of 60-49. They couldn’t defend, they couldn’t make shots and they had no bounce in their step.
Going into the second half, OKC needed a jolt of energy. Thanks to timely baskets and much needed energy from Jerami Grant and Markieff Morris, the Thunder got back into a game they had no business being in.
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Unfortunately, their spirited rally fell short and they ran out of time. This marks yet another loss that will sting with Thunder fans, one that feels like it could’ve gone the other way. No excuses though, as the team must bounce back for a gargantuan back-to-back this weekend.
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