Just as the Oklahoma City Thunder started to right the ship back to their elite ways, the team hit another loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday that really struck them at a deeper level. It’s something that veteran anchor Kendrick Perkins said was uncharacteristic and that the team had an attitude adjustment to make going forward.
“They took the lead and we act like the game was over with six minutes to play in the game,” Perkins said Thursday morning at the team’s practice facility. “It was like a one- (or) three-point game. We were at home, and I didn’t feel like we had the right fight or the right mindset to keep going. We’re not going to blow everybody out or win by 10 points every night. Some nights, you’ve got to go get games, and I felt like that was one of those nights that we had to dig deep and go get it."
The Thunder are currently contending with the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference and the home court advantage that comes with it. With their youth and talent, the Thunder should be gaining momentum at the right time. Instead it seems they’re losing focus and the edge that made them so dominant for most of this season. They’ll have another chance tonight against the Kings to make a statement.