With 4:30 left in the third quarter at the Staples Center, the Thunder were down by 21 points (73-52), and radio guy Matt Pinto solemnly reported that the Clippers had at that point made seven of twelve treys, OKC zero of twelve. He didn’t have to mention that this was a difference of, yes, 21 points.
It wasn’t technically over then right after that timeout, Daequan Cook actually sank a three-ball, and Russell Westbrook got one on the next possession but Oklahoma City never pulled within ten points again, and the previously-winless Clippers hung a 107-92 loss on the punchless Thunder, who once again failed to break 40 percent shooting.
Oh, yes: Blake Griffin. Definitely puts the “power” in “power forward.” In 32 minutes he contributed 18 points and hauled in nine rebounds, four of them off the offensive glass. Eric Gordon had the game high of 27.
Who led the Thunder scoring? Jeff Green, with 19 points and nine boards. Kevin Durant had sixteen on 6-24 (!) shooting, including an amazing 0-10 from beyond the arc. I’m starting to think that Mathias Murphy is starting to get to him.
The occasionally-erratic Fail Blazers aren’t about to lose to this bunch tomorrow night, especially at the Rose Garden.