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Thunder is going down, down, down…..

It is scary watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play tonight against the Phoenix Suns in Arizona.  OKC, as usual, against an inferior team is struggling with the Suns, losing by seven with a minute left in the first half.

I watch all Thunder games, either in the home arena in OKC as a season ticket holder, or as a viewer on local or national television.  I have come to some conclusions and they are mine only.

OKC is top heavy with salary and for what they are paying for players, the team is not efficient in dolling out the dollars.  They are stacked with so-called superstar players that, as tonight is showing, play with a sense of “we are ok so we can play shitty basketball”.  The Suns  for example, are a young team, not as good on paper or in the standing, that play the game correctly, in that they are schooling OKC’s stars tonight on their play and most importantly, their hustle.

Lack of defense by two stars, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, is telling.  Giving the Suns almost seventy point in tonight’s first half is not acceptable.  These superstars do not seem care right now against the lesser teams of the league.  Been that way all season.

Russell Westbrook, a great player, hurts the team with his shooting, three point shots especially.  Fact of the matter, the Thunder, except for Steven Adams, take too many long shots .  This team plays, matter of factually, dumb basketball, with regard to shot selection.

Get the point?  I can continue. But let us say that OKC has to win some games or when the playoffs come they are not making them or if they do it will be one series and go fishing.  Lose tonight, probably lose tomorrow night and OKC is about to cook their goose.

Think good thoughts about this team?  No.  You can lose with a payroll that does not make the team look silly.  OKC is not a good team sports fans.



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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 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. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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