LOS ANGELES â€” The face of the franchise became the face of the Thunderâ€™s early season frustration Wednesday night.
And while searching for answers â€” for the most putrid perimeter shooting night of his career and his teamâ€™s second consecutive collapse â€” Kevin Durant stopped in mid-sentence, conceded confusion and suddenly stormed out of his postgame press conference.
Durant had just watched the previously winless Los Angeles Clippers reduce his purportedly powerful Thunder to something of a pushover. L.A. led by as many as 22 points before sealing an unsettling 107-92 win.
â€œWe just didnâ€™t show up â€” I didnâ€™t show up,â€ Durant said. â€œIâ€™m the leader of this team. Everybody follows me. I didnâ€™t show up. The team didnâ€™t show up. Thatâ€™s why we lost.â€
For the fourth straight game, the Thunder dogged it on defense and looked oblivious on offense. Fantastic fourth-quarter efforts permitted the Thunder to overcome sloppy play in its first two games. But the Thunderâ€™s performances in the past two games have gotten progressively worse, and against the Clippers it was hard to tell which end of the court was most hideous.
Against a Clippers team that entered the night ranked last in both points per game (87.5) and field-goal percentage (39.9 percent), the Thunder allowed L.A. to net 52.5 percent of its shots in addition to scoring 16 more points than its previous high of 91.
Meanwhile, the Thunder shot a season-low 37.8 percent and netted just four of 26 3-pointers.
But it was Durantâ€™s 0-for-10 shooting display from behind the 3-point line that defined the evening. It was the Thunder starâ€™s worst 3-point shooting performance since an 0-for-8 night against the Lakers on Nov. 3, 2009.
As a team, the Thunder is now shooting 39.3 percent from the field and just 18.9 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Durant is shooting 26 percent from behind the arc and, after a 6-for-24 night Wednesday, only 35.