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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

Kevin Durant didn't feel like answering questions.

The star forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder who typically goes out of his way to be accommodating suddenly didn't really want to speak.

Following his team's 97-90 loss at Atlanta on Saturday, Durant kept all responses in his postgame interview to a minimum. The frustration heard in his tone and seen in his body language gave the impression there was something bigger in play than just disappointment with one loss in early March.

And there was.

Durant was struggling to cope with the foreign feeling of losing.

It was only the eighth loss for the Thunder in a season that is 37 games old. A side effect of all the winning has become each loss being tougher and tougher to deal with.

“It is,” Durant said. “Because we've won so many games and we've won different types of games; close games (like Atlanta). And for us to lose that one is tough.”

This is where the Thunder is now.

Just three seasons ago, eight losses was par for the course in any two weeks. Now, players are irritable with eight losses in nearly three months. And each one seems to take more of a toll.

“I'm not happy when we lose games, man,” Durant said.

When the Thunder was plodding along on a 23-win campaign in 2008-09, losses became commonplace. Oklahoma City had to endure separate losing streaks of four, five, seven, eight and 14 games.

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by Darnell Mayberry
Assist Editor/ NBA Coordinator
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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