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State of the Thunder

OKC has issues.  These issues are more than the players that have missed games with injury.  Even more than the loss of Andre Roberson for the season with a knee.  Sure, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook hurt their ankles in the win over the Warriors this past week, but OKC’s chance it  would run rough shot over the Los Angeles Lakers two days later, even with it’s two stars playing, was iffy at best.  This OKC team is not good against inferior competition.  The fact that LA was playing really good did not help either.  Throw in no Russ or Melo, and the Lakers had a cake walk in their fourth and final meeting this year with OKC.  Another loss to team that OKC should have beat.  What is new?


Thunder fans must realize that the 2017-18 team will make the playoffs but will not challenge for a one, two, or three seed.  A fourth seed at best, but do not put it pass this group……. that a sixth or seventh seed is just as likely.  Given this team is exceptional against teams that are the best in the league, OKC will be a tough out for anyone come playoff time.  Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, and the other veterans on this team, understand the situation.  They get off on beating the good teams, but the attention to detail is just not there against the weaker teams.  Even Westbrook, who is always up for every game with his energy, makes way too many mistakes against the Hornets, Kings, and Suns of the Association. 


Roll with the flow of this team Thunder sports fans.  Like the three games next up. It would not be a surprise to see Memphis take one or even two of the games, home and road. But do not bet against OKC when Lebron James and his new “team-mates” come to the Peak on Tuesday.  OKC will kill’em.


Feature Photo:  Photo from Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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