Over the past five games, the Thunder is averaging 19 turnovers.
Opponents have converted those giveaways into 22.4 points. Thursday night's loss at Golden State was about as bad as the turnover problem has been for the Thunder this season. OKC coughed up the ball 19 times, leading to 29 Warriors points. Four Thunder players had at least three turnovers.
Making matters worse, the Thunder forced just seven Warriors turnovers, which resulted in only nine points. Golden State walked into the game averaging a league-worst 20 turnovers.
After the game, Kevin Durant took responsibility for his team's turnover woes.
“I'm terrible in that area, and it's contagious,” said Durant, who had five Thursday and is averaging 4.4 turnovers this season. “I'm the leader. I can't go out there and get five turnovers a game. My teammates see that and they think they can be lax with the ball. I just can't do that. I'm the leader, man. It's contagious.”
REBOUNDING CONTINUES TO BE A STRENGTH
One of the points of emphasis for the Thunder in training camp and throughout the preseason was being a better rebounding team. So far, so good.
Prior to Friday's games, the Thunder ranked fifth in rebounds per game with a 45.6 average. OKC ranked seventh in offensive rebounding at 12.3 per game and fourth in rebounding differential, out-rebounding opponents by 4.2 per game.
“It's a big jump from last year,” said Durant. “Everybody's helping. Serge (Ibaka) is doing a great job, (Kendrick Perkins), Steven (Adams). We just got to keep it up.
“Coach told us the numbers, the record we have when we out-rebound teams. It's a crazy number. So in order to give ourselves a chance to win we have to out-rebound our opponents.”
The Thunder is 4-1 this season when it out-rebounds opponents.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson on how his team squandered a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead to the Thunder on Thursday night: “Two bad boys in blue. Simple as that. Kevin Durant making plays, (Russell) Westbrook making plays. Durant being unselfish and finding guys. You give the best player on the floor your undivided attention and he was unselfish and he made plays.”