Thunder fell in love with mid-range shots again vs. Nets
Despite a satisfactory three-game win streak on their hands, the Oklahoma City Thunder reverted to their old habits of taking inefficient shots on offense, causing them a loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in front of a packed arena in Mexico City.
While the mid-range jumper has become less and less popular, to some somewhat of a lost art within the game, it’s still an effective shot when used properly, but given to constantly extending defenses, the shot has become a rather less common shot option for teams in today’s NBA.
According to Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript, the Thunder took 33 mid-range shots against the Nets, with Anthony taking 14 of them and Russell Westbrook taking 11 of his own, in the absence of Paul George, who was nursing a calf injury.
Brooklyn was happy to give up mid-range pull-up jumpers to these two, but Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was definitely happy that 33 of the Thunder’s 98 attempts from the field came from rather ineffective shots.
The Thunder shot a measly 38.8 percent from the floor, which spelled the end result in a 100-95 loss, once again falling flat in the second half, mustering only 37 points with their stars already gassed out for the remainder of the game.
Westbrook and Anthony’s mid-range mirage bundled into a 15-of-47 shooting performance, making barely 32 percent of their shots with nearly half of the team’s attempts from the floor.