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John Rohde: OKC Thunder's loss to Wizards 'most embarrassing in Thunder history'

The Oklahoman's John Rohde took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder/NBA Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of the Q&A.
John Rohde, Staff Writer, JRohde@opubco.com Modified: January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013
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The Oklahoman's John Rohde took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder/NBA Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of the Q&A.

Pretty bad loss (to the Wizards) last night. Your thoughts?

Given there was no John Wall, Nene', et al, I would consider it the most embarrassing loss in Thunder history. It's one thing to get beat when you're a bad team, it's totally different when you're allegedly the best team and get beat by the worst team.

Was the loss to the Wizards the worst loss in Thunder history?

Most embarrassing, yes. Worst loss? No. Didn't cost you a championship or a playoff spot. Game 6 vs. the Lakers, Game 2 vs. the Heat, Game 5 vs. the Heat were worse losses because they ended your season or totally flipped a series on a no-call. Those are far more painful than they are embarrassing.

Pretty vulgar to scream "F U" to someone twice your age. Is KD trying to prove something? If so, to whom?

Not sure. KD obviously is frustrated. He's not getting many calls this season for whatever reason. He's 24 now, extremely determined, older, wiser and evidently more angry. But KD can still achieve all his goals without the F-bomb. Everyone curses from time to time. I refuse to believe he's doing it because of his new Nike #KDisNotNice campaign. If he is, shame on him (and Nike).

I think Russell Westbrook has made Serge Ibaka a better offensive player so far. Your thoughts?

I would first give credit to Serge for making himself a better offensive player and give an assist (literally and figuratively) to Russ. Serge could have kicked back and taken it easy after signing a four-year, $49-million extension, but he did nothing of the sort. The guy worked hard before the deal, and has worked hard since.

Do you think that Kevin Martin ever gets frustrated when he's wide open, sometimes waving his arms, and the ball goes away from him either to Russell or KD?

Four scorers, one ball. I'm sure it gets frustrating at times. What I've noticed lately from K-Mart is his shot selection has been poor. He's forcing things now. Earlier in the season, he didn't force much. Of course, it always helps when your shot goes in and he's gone cold lately. His attitude remains unchanged from what I've seen, though. He's been a good fit and I still think he is. A very nice person.

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