Despite sterling record, Thunder has concerns
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY NewsOK.com
Friday, January 04, 2013
1/04/13 at 5:45 AM
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OKLAHOMA CITY - It's rather sexy in the standings, but the Oklahoma City Thunder's 24-7 record isn't a reflection of the team's preferred standard of performance.
What that Northwest Division-leading mark masks is slow starts, sketchy quarters, subpar halves and sloppy finishes. But it seems as long as the Thunder has won, it's been all good, with both the team and its fans.
It's not until the Thunder suffers a setback like its shocking loss Wednesday against Brooklyn that the warning signs become magnified. Even then, when the same season-long concerns creep in and cost the Thunder, the sparkling record seems to only become justification that the team is doing just fine.
"There's no need to panic," said Russell Westbrook following the 17-point home loss to the Nets, the Thunder's worst home defeat since Halloween 2010. "I think every time we lose around here everybody wants to go bananas. We lost a game. It's all right. We're in a good spot."
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