Just when you think the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-14) have managed to get something going, it just seems to come crashing down on them again. The season of frustration continued for superstar point guard Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Monday night when they fell to the Charlotte Hornets, 116-103.
Despite a game-high 30 points and a team-high seven assists for Westbrook, his great effort was not enough. The Hornets, who were a dismal 1-10 on the road this season heading into tonight's contest at Chesapeake Energy Arena, improved to 10-16 and stopped a three-game losing streak.
Westbrook, who met with the media after the game, was not very chatty whatsoever and understandably so. When asked by a reporter about the Thunder's record 26 games into the season, Westbrook gave a simple answer.
“26 games. It's an 82-game season,” Westbrook said.
A brief video of a clearly frustrated Westbrook was posted on Twitter by writer Royce Young of ESPN.com:
Russell Westbrook was asked about where the Thunder are after 26 games with only 12 wins. “26 games. 82-game season.” pic.twitter.com/DjOI7JDona
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 12, 2017
He is indeed right, as the team should not hit the panic button quite yet. But when exactly would be the time for this team to start to panic a bit and increase the urgency? The talent is clearly there, but the team chemistry has yet to get to where it needs to be. Luckily for the Thunder, they are just one-half game behind the eighth-seeded Utah Jazz (13-14) in the Western Conference standings and 1.5 games in front of the Los Angeles Lakers (10-15).