Monday NBA Roundup: Oklahoma City Thunder Cough One Up Against Desperate Rockets

November 2nd, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

If you were so inclined, you could really fire up the hot-take machine in the wake of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 110-105 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Billy Donovan has the Thunder running the same stagnant sets that got Scott Brooks fired!

OKC can't expect to survive the West if it can't sustain a double-digit lead against the struggling Rockets!

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are better off apart!

Those are fun and all, but the truth is that the Thunder played a sloppy game against a desperate team that needed to avoid going 0-4. When you look at it that way, a five-point loss on the road to one of last year's conference finalists isn't the end of the world.

But let's talk about those turnovers.

Oklahoma City coughed up the rock 24 times against an undersized Houston lineup. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale went with Ty Lawson, Marcus Thornton, James Harden and Trevor Ariza on the perimeter around Dwight Howard, and that strategy helped create a little more switching and a lot more chaos against a sped-up OKC squad.

And while it's fair to cite Houston's 8-1 ...

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