have to come out with a better focus, a better energy. It’s the end of the season so it’s more of a mental challenge.”
It’s a challenge that the Thunder has failed miserably in the final month of this marathon season. Oklahoma City heads into Wednesday’s season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers having lost six of seven games in April, falling by an average margin of 20 points.
“It just shows we got a long way to go,” Collison said. “It’s who we are. We can’t hide from it. It’s on our resume so I don’t think you can forget it. You can see that we’re inconsistent. We’re capable of playing well but we’re also capable of playing pretty poorly.”
Watson scored a team-high 16 points with six rebounds and five assists off the bench for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored 15 with seven assists. The Thunder’s leading scorers, Kevin Durant (10 points) and Jeff Green (11 points), combined to shoot just 8-for-22 from the field.
The Thunder shot 40.2 percent (31.6 percent in the first half), was out-rebounded 54-36 and lost its last lead after a Steve Blake 18-footer tied the score at 2-2 with 10:53 remaining in the first quarter.
“We gave it away,” Brooks said. “We didn’t battle. We didn’t compete. We didn’t play with any force. We didn’t show any resolve at all and that’s not good basketball. That’s not what we’ve worked all year long to accomplish.”