OKC Thunder: Losses are getting harder to take

It's a new age in the Thunder camp. Now that OKC is among the NBA's elite teams, losing one game has become heart-wrenching for Thunder players.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 4, 2012
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This season, the Thunder's longest skid is a mere two games. It happened only once, and it was in the sixth and seventh game of the year.

That shows how this team has arrived at a different place.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, however, provided the best perspective on how the team now views losses.

“It reminds me of being back in college at UCLA,” Westbrook said. “One loss feels like a big loss, especially with the way we play and the toughness we play with.”

As a reminder, while Westbrook was in Westwood, his Bruins teammates lost only 10 games in two seasons. During that time, UCLA had just one losing streak. It, too, was a mere two-game skid.

These new feelings should only foster a burning desire to keep winning. And that's a huge step in the proverbial process.

Over the past two seasons, the Thunder developed a culture conducive to winning.

Now, a winning culture is being created.

When Durant was asked after the game Saturday how it felt for the Thunder's seven-game winning streak to come to an end, a neighboring Westbrook chimed in with his own reply.

“We'll just start a new one,” Westbrook said.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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