Oklahoma City Thunder searching for answers after loss to New Orleans Pelicans
From NBA media reports
A three-game win streak for the Oklahoma City Thunder has quickly been replaced with a two-game skid after last night’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Thunder, who had a three-game skid going from Nov. 5-7, are trying to gain traction in a season filled with promise and perhaps some championship hopes.
After last night’s loss in New Orleans, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook addressed the media, writes Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman. And, in short, they’re as stymied by their struggles as many of their fans are right now:
“The games that we lose, it’s the same story, it’s the same thing,” said forward Carmelo Anthony, who had 19 points on 7-for-19 shooting. “I feel like I’m telling y’all the same answers. It’s the same storyline, every single game.”
And it seems to be weighing on the Thunder.
After Monday’s game, Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Paul George spent some time talking among themselves in a corner of the visitors’ locker room.
Asked their approach as leaders, Westbrook gave one of his longest responses of the season.
“You can talk. Talking don’t do anything at this point,” Westbrook said. “You got to go out and play. You can talk as much as you want to, but guys got to take personal pride and understand how important it is to go out and compete and not take it for granted. I think as players, you go out on the floor and sometimes you take it for granted and don’t realize how important it is and embracing the moment. Each individual guy has to do that every night.”
“For some reason we’re not able to kind of sustain it for a full game,” Anthony said. “We come out and do the same thing that first quarter, sustain it a little bit, but we give teams momentum in that second quarter, and then third quarter teams keep their momentum and we’re trying to fight back every time.”
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