The OKC Thunder entered their game versus the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night with a bad taste in their mouth.
The Thunder lost against the Los Angeles Lakers on a rough-shooting night. It was a lackluster showing for a team rolling with their game plans and schemes.
Against the Clippers, the Thunder’s performance was not much better. Sure, they shot decently from the three, shooting 13 for 39. But overall, the OKC Thunder shot 50 percent from the field in the 117-128 loss.
The Clippers relied on their elite offensive weapons to lead them to a win over OKC.
“We gave ourselves every chance to win that game and they outplayed us in the final 3 1/2 minutes,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “That's how you learn about ourselves. It's exciting to know that we're drawing teams' best punches out of them.”
The Thunder engineered runs throughout the game to pull themselves after losing grip of the game midway through. With timely threes and defensive stops, the Thunder had every chance to win.
But sometimes, it just was not enough.
The Clippers nailed the shots they were supposed to make, completed defensive possessions with the same oomph they were known to have, and just had too much star power down the stretch.
It was great seeing the Thunder keep in step with the Clippers on the second game of the back-to-back. It was the type of loss that shaped teams in the season.
Here are some takeaways on the OKC Thunder side.