Things have become so bad for Thunder forward Nick Collison over the past three weeks that even his good days are now forgettable. Collison strung together his best performance of the season Friday night with 16 points and 13 rebounds, only to watch the Thunder drop its 10th straight game in a 105-80 blowout to the New Orleans Hornets.
The Thunder fell to a league-worst 1-12 going into tonight’s rematch against the Hornets tonight in New Orleans. The losing has visibly affected Collison perhaps more than any other Thunder player. It was Collison who called out his teammates for being too happy inside the locker room immediately after a 25-point defeat last Saturday in Philadelphia. Behind the scenes, Collison has had long chats with general manager Sam Presti and the coaching staff. He seems more aloof as the days go by, and his individual performance has mirrored the team’s sluggish start. Collison, who won the starting power forward job over Chris Wilcox, entered the game averaging 6.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, the lowest totals since his rookie season in 2004-05. He had scored in double figures only three times this season and recorded at least 10 rebounds only once. His best effort before Friday night was a 10-point, 10-rebound performance in the Thunder’s only win, 88-85 over Minnesota. The Thunder can only hope Friday’s showing will be duplicated over the next few weeks.