By Shayden Smith
Monday night held one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, and no, I am not talking about the Warriors/Cavs game. Although, that is probably the most anticipated game this season, but who cares about Kevin Durant and LeBron James? Certainly not I. Especially Kevin Durant, I mean, who needs him, right? I want to watch Russell Westbrook show the Los Angeles Clippers a little bit of his triple-double magic. Did he show them his magic that makes NBA fans go crazy for more and more Westbrook every day? Not quite.
The Thunder came out of the gates with a ferocity that would make any grown man run for their mommies, but then the struggles started happening. The OKC boys started missing shots. The Thunder ended the night shooting 10 of 30 from beyond the arc, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal, except that none of our three point shooters were shooting well. The Thunder’s best shooter from three was Jerami Grant, shooting three of three. Jerami Grant? Watching Grant play like this makes me and anyone who likes crazy circumstances happy, but when Grant is OKC’s best shooter, something is really not going the right way.
It was hard to watch this game because the Thunder didn’t have Steven Adams in the lineup Monday night. No beautiful mustache flowing through the air as Adams makes an excellent post spin move? That just make me sad. Westbrook and Enes Kanter had to put the team on their backs Monday night with no Adams. How’d they do?
Westbrook had one of his toughest games of the season. He ended the night with 24 points, off just seven of 19 shooting, five rebounds and four assists. Westbrook was still playing his hear out, like he always does, but his teammates just weren’t hitting anything. Also Westbrook only played 29 minutes. Give him five more minutes and he has that triple-double easily. As for Kanter, he played a solid game off the bench and is still proving that he deserves the Sixth Man of the Year Award. He ended the game with 12 points and five rebounds. He wasn’t able to show his full skill because he was missing his stache brother on the court.
The Thunder came into Monday night with some hustle, but didn’t have enough to take down the Clippers. Thunder fall 98 – 120.