SportsPulse: NBA Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt element the largest revelations from across the league this previous week.
USA TODAY Sports
Oklahoma City Thunder ahead Carmelo Anthony says the workforce needs to be accountable.(Photo: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Spor)
This wasn’t the way it was presupposed to go for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A Four-7 begin to the season, Zero-6 begin within the convention, a four-game dropping streak. This is not the best way a workforce begins after touchdown NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George so as to add to final season’s MVP Russell Westbrook.
So after the 102-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Thunder determined to air out some points. They held a workforce badembly to see if they might work out what is going on improper.
“You have to talk about it. You have to look at it. You have to be up front with everybody,” Anthony advised the Norman Transcript. “Everybody’s got to be held accountable for what’s going on.”
More: Jason Kidd shuts down Lonzo Ball comparisons: ‘He has a methods to go’
More: Jimmy Butler opens up on tough relationship with Fred Hoiberg, embracing Tom Thibodeau
More: NBA Week three conclusions: The Cavs are begging for hbadle, and OKC is not profitable a title
The loss to Denver got here on the heels of an embarrbading loss to the Sacramento Kings. A recreation wherein they blew a 17-point lead and shot 34% from the ground. It was a recreation the place that they had some nice defensive play, forcing the Kings into 23 turnovers and so they led 25-10 after the primary quarter, then gave up 32 factors within the second.
They blew an 18-point result in the Boston Celtics to start out their dropping streak, then misplaced 103-99 to the Portland Trail Blazers in a recreation the place Anthony was ejected when he was known as for a Flagrant 2 for an elbow to Jusuf Nurkic’s chin. Up subsequent is the L.A. Clippers Friday at house.
“Meetings just make sure we all stay together no matter what,” level guard Raymond Felton advised the Transcript. “Everybody said their piece. Coach said his piece … Right now, we going through something, and we got to stick together no matter what.”
Anthony is averaging 20.eight factors and Westbrook and George are at 19.5. Center Steven Adams is likely to be on his option to having his finest season, averaging 12.three factors and eight.three rebounds.
But the chemistry hasn’t been there, with Westbrook, George and Anthony being related gamers.
“We know what it takes. We just have to take ownership to it and collectively we have to make this thing happen,” George advised reporters after Thursday’s recreation. “We want to be a lot better off, obviously, but once we try to nip this problem that we’re having in the bud, we’ll move forward and get past this.”
Last SlideSubsequent Slide