By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma City trounced the Wizards 103-80 at home on Wednesday night. Here’s some rapid reaction:
During his pregame interview, Wizards coach Randy Wittman announced that Nene, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and Jason Collins would all miss the game. Some were expected, some were a bit of a surprise, but all of the vacancies hurt. A shorthanded Wizards club shocked the Thunder in Washington earlier this year, but you never got the feeling a sequel was even near possible Wednesday night. OKC didn’t play well, but still cruised from the tip, beating down a Wizards rotation that handed out heavy minutes to Garrett Temple, Kevin Seraphin and Cartier Martin.
It was over when…
…OKC turned red-hot John Wall into inefficient John Wall. He still had impressive individual numbers (18 points and 12 assists), but they came with a high volume of low percentage jumpers, many of which he badly missed. Overall, Wall was an abysmal 3/18 from the field. Washington probably needed him to be 13/18 to even have a chance in this one.
Stars of the game – Russell Westbrook/Kevin Martin
In all honesty, it was a game void of star performances. Durant was off most of the night, scoring 20 but looking visibly frustrated after a pair of sloppy turnovers. And Wall was all over the place. So I’ll split this one between Westbrook and Martin. Russell didn’t put his typical stamp on the game, but did drop 21 points on eight shots (an incredible clip for him) and K-Mart sparked the second unit, scoring 18 on 6/9 shooting.
Now that the Heat’s legendary 27-game win streak has halted (Miami lost in Chicago tonight), it’s time for the basketball world to turn its attention to another streak. Derek Fisher has missed 18 straight shots and 11 straight threes. His last made field goal was seven games ago, at Orlando, on March 15.
Stats of note
-Kendrick Perkins had 11 rebounds. That’s his fourth double-digit showing in March. He didn’t break 10 once in the first two months of the season.
-Nick Collison got a technical foul in the fourth quarter. No, seriously. It’s his second of the season and only eighth of his nine-year career (or, as Rasheed Wallace would call it, a good month).
Not many highlights on this night, but Thunder fans always enjoy a Kendrick Perkins dunk:
Thunder and Spurs both win tonight:
OKC is in Minnesota on Friday. And if that doesn’t get your basketball juices flowing, just remember: The playoffs are now less than a month away.