Turnovers doom OKC Thunder vs Clippers, 3 takeaways

The OKC Thunder fell to the L.A. Clippers on Tuesday to drop to 0-2 on the four-game road trip.

Jan 16, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) passes the
Jan 16, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) passes the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Turnover kills

Turnovers are becoming a concern for the OKC Thunder, especially down the stretch. 

Jalen Williams had a crucial turnover with about four minutes left in the game. Lu Dort had a crucial offensive foul call on a three-point jump shot. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lost the ball on a steal by Paul George, which sealed the game. Dort, again, turned the ball over in the following play. 

Turnovers hurt the Thunder’s chances of winning the game. The Thunder squandered possessions with these crucial miscues after getting a one-point lead via Isaiah Joe’s three. 

The Thunder tallied 12 turnovers in the game, in which 10 came in the starting five. The Clippers, on the other hand, had only nine. 

A small team like the Thunder must preserve their possessions and maximize their time with the ball. Offensive rebounding is not a strength, losing again in the game, 12-9. 

The Thunder should keep their turnovers in check. Errors are inevitable, but the team should do everything possible to keep it minimal. 


Time will tell if these miscues will hurt the Thunder in their long-term success. For now, it is costing them very winnable games.