When looking at the schedule before the season started, the Wizards’ faithful circled this game. Kevin Durant was coming back to D.C. and the Wizards had the opportunity to give one last recruiting pitch before his free agency this summer. In anti-climatic fashion, Durant tweaked his hamstring in the second quarter but it didn’t matter as the Thunder roll the Wizards 125-101.
This is the third straight blowout loss for the Wizards and third straight game where they’ve surrendered at least 114 points.
The Wizards got some bad news before tip off hearing that Bradley Beal would miss this game with a sore shoulder. Gary Neal stepped right in and came out firing. Neal scored 14 points in his first start for the Wizards and was the main scoring option for the team in the first quarter.
The Thunder came out of the gates on fire. The Thunder shot 54% from the field in the first half including 8-9 from three point range with their only miss from long range coming on a desperation heave as time expired. Both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were on triple-double watch at halftime as the Thunder led 68-50.
Things continued to get ugly for the Wizards in the second half as the Thunder stretched the lead to 25 at the snap of a finger. In DeJuan Blair fashion, Blair saved the ball from going out of bounds flinging it to Westbrook. Westbrook raced and out in transition and punished the rim.
Russell Westbrook got his triple double logging 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Dude didn’t even have to play in the fourth quarter as this one was well decided by then.
The Wizards drop to 3-4 on this young season.
Notes: The sky isn’t falling quite yet for the Wizards but it’s damn near close. After three straight blowout losses, it’s clear that this team has absolutely zero interest in playing defense. The Wizards did cut down on their turnovers tonight only committing 8, but that doesn’t matter when the opponent shoots 51% and knocks down 15 three-pointers.
In #SoWizards fashion, the buzz and hoopla leading up to this game was all for not as it ended up a dud.