Oklahoma City lost again last night in NBA action, falling to the Denver Nuggets 126-125 in overtime. The Thunder have lost their last three games and will resume action Sunday afternoon in New Orleans against the Pelicans.
With the loss, OKC is flirting with a much lower seed in the 2018 playoffs and it is still not a certainty that the Thunder are going to be in said playoffs.
With five games remaining, three on the road, OKC could in fact lose at New Orleans Sunday night, lose to the Warriors of Golden State at home, fall at Houston and Miami before the final regular season game in the Peak against Memphis. It is not that much out of the question that OKC drops four of the five games and finish in 7th or 8th place, assuring a match-up with Houston or Golden State in round one. A 6th place finish would have them against Portland, who has beaten the Thunder four out of four times this year. It is also a possibility that if OKC loses these games, they would finish out of the playoff picture. Think it could not happen? That is dangerous thought.
The next week will be interesting as the franchise in OKC is coming to a crossroads in their tenth season on the South Plaines. The big picture is at stake, and we all know what that means. Paul George, what are your thoughts?
Sue Ogrocki, The Associated Press
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) high fives teammate Devin Harris, left, after Denver defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-125 in overtime of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 30, 2018.