Oklahoma City Thunder: Does Thunder have reasons to worry?

All throughout March there were ups and downs, highs and lows that, at this point of the year, could be categorized as either coincidences or causes for concern.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 31, 2013

Nick Collison's contributions: After a steady dip in his scoring since December, Collison picked it back up in March and again became an offensive threat. He scored in double digits in three of his final five games and, more impressively, emerged as quality facilitator, working a two-man game with Kevin Martin while continuing to do the dirty work that he's made a living doing.

Fading 3-point shooting: It wasn't long ago that the Thunder was leading the league in 3-point shooting. But in March, OKC connected on just 31.9 percent from downtown. The Thunder made more than six 3-pointers in only seven of the month's 17 games. OKC still is a top five 3-point shooting team. But the slippage seen in March brings up the question of which team we'll see in the postseason.

Better ball movement and balance: The Thunder averaged 19.5 assists in March, which is slightly lower than its season average. But OKC had 10 games of at least 20 assists this month and six games with at least five players in double figure scoring. The Thunder is 24-2 on the season when five players score at least 10 points.

Losing against the league's best: By far the most disturbing thing seen in March, the Thunder simply couldn't beat the best teams on its schedule. OKC went 1-4 against Denver, Memphis, San Antonio and the Clippers. More than anything else, the Thunder's performance against the best teams in the West created concern about how the team will fare in the playoffs.


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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