The Melo And George Experiment Isn’t Working For OKC

paul george thunder 2017When the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony during the offseason there was so much excitement and the outlook was so bright for the team that oddsmakers in Vegas raised the team’s chances to win the title from 60-1 to 16-1.

Fast forward to Tuesday’s game when the only serious title contenders on the floor were the visiting Houston Rockets.

Although the Thunder made the score close in the third quarter, Houston then went on a run that left most of the Thunder’s players frustrated and confused.

It didn’t help that OKC was missing its best defender, Andre Roberson, out for the season with a knee injury. As a result, their defensive rating has taken a huge blow as it has ballooned from 102.6 (ranked 5th in the NBA) to 109.2 (ranked 21st in the league), which would be the franchise’s worst since the 2005-06 season.

To make matters worse no NBA team has made the playoffs with a defensive rating that bad in the last 30 years.

If before Roberson’s injury was tough to envision OKC getting past the second round, now it’s tough to see them even making the playoffs if they don’t improve markedly during the remainder of the season.

The Thunder currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference and are actually tied in the loss column with the Los Angeles Clippers who are in ninth place and it would be tough to see Paul George staying in OKC if the team fails to make the playoffs.

At this point it’s clear that the Thunder have failed to meet the preseason expectations as Tuesday’s result felt far worse than just a loss. The game allowed to measure their level of play against the only team capable of winning the West other than the Golden State Warriors and it’s needless to say that they failed the test miserably.






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