By Shayden Smith
Dwight Howard sat out as the Hawks came to OKC Monday night in an epic Thunder versus Hawks round two. They say he sat out due to back tightness, but we all know the real reason. Howard hasn’t been sleeping well that past few nights due to horrible nightmares of Victor Oladipo absolutely destroying him at the rim, well at least that’s what I like to think the reason is. Anyway, with no Howard and still no Oladipo for the Thunder, fans were looking forward to a much more different looking game, which wasn’t really a good thing for Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Do you ever just pretend that the Thunder never lose? I like to think of us as the greatest basketball team to have ever been brought down from the heavens. Doesn’t that sound nice? But let’s be real, the Thunder have had their issues this season. One of the major issues being the Thunder’s three point percentage. Monday night against the Hawks, the Thunder only shot 28.6 percent from three. Who is shooting so badly for us? Believe it or not, the two best three point shooters for the Thunder Monday night was Andre Roberson and Jerami Grant. Did I wake up this morning in an alternate universe where we have flying cars, giant bugs and a three point shooting Roberson? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that, and not for the three point shooting.
Grant was three of three from three point land and Roberson was 3 of 9. Westbrook had another fantastic game with 46 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, but he only shot three of 10 from beyond the arc. Anthony Morrow was zero of three from three and Alex Abrines was one of five. Even though Abrines had a rough night, every time he plays I find myself at the edge of my seat. I really couldn’t tell you why. I just love Abrines, almost as much as I love Westbrook, which is saying a lot, maybe too much.
Domantas Sabonis was zero of three from the field Monday night but is showing more and more potential every game. I tried calling Billy Donovan to inform him he needs to give Sabonis more shots, but it’s really hard to get ahold of him. Who would have guessed?
Westbrook was blocked on a late game layup to tie up the game. He had an incredible night with 46 points, but he is zero of 5 this season in final shots to give the Thunder the lead or tie it up. I would say stop taking those shots, but a true super-star will begin to hit the shots no one else can. Believe in Westbrook.
Despite a great game from Westbrook and some excellent, yet weird shooting from Grant and Roberson, the Thunder were unable to take down the Hawks at home, losing 108 – 110.