Ever see one of those Tarantino films, where nothing is in order? Non-linear, they call it.
That's the Thunder. Everything's out of order. Everything's off schedule.
It's all a jumbled mess, which for the second straight Sunday night at the arena formerly known as the Ford Center describes the team formerly known as the NBA's newest hot thing.
The Celtics took apart the Thunder 92-83, just like Utah did a week ago. So while it's early, six games into an 82-game wagon train, if the Boomers are to surpass or even match their spirited dash of last season, better to start sooner than later.
This is what we figured we'd see last season. Promising but erratic pups who figured to be on the wrong side of the playoffs.
The 50-win breakout of last season is what we figured we'd be seeing now, a team blooming into something to be feared.
Sunday night was a first-half blowout. Even if it was against Boston, the class of the league ... even if it was without Jeff Green, the Thunder handyman ... even if the Thunder rallied and made the fourth quarter bearable ... how can all that be written off?
OKC is 3-3 and has been blasted out of its own building twice and has shown only occasional flashes of last season's defense.
Either the injured Nick Collison is one of the league's most valuable players and departed defensive coordinator Ron Adams should have been coach of the year, or the Thunder has everything mixed up.
Here's an example: If Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett torch you, that's one thing. But the Thunder was done in by Boston's B team. Big Baby Davis, Marquis Daniels, Nate Robinson and Semih Erden (a 7-foot Turkish rookie) combined to make 13 of 23 shots and score 33 points.
Early in the third quarter Sunday night, the teams had a 20 percent difference in shooting — Boston 55 percent, OKC 35 — which was only proper, since the Celtics had a 20-point lead.
"It's the fifth game, sixth game, no need to panic," said Russell Westbrook, who dismissed my Pulp Fiction theory. "Last year, they thought we weren't going to make the playoffs. So you can't believe whoever they is.
"We're going to get it right."
OK. But Westbrook is indicative of the Thunder teeter-totter. West was alternately spectacular and awful Sunday. Bamboozled and undressed at times by Rajon Rondo, his point guard counterpart. Took over the game at other times.
Westbrook's line: 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting, 10 assists, four steals and eight turnovers (seemed like more). That's the Westbrook we figured to see last season; instead, we got the Westbrook who developed into a star.
Celtic coach Doc Rivers talked like a coach who still fears Oklahoma City.
"We came out in the first half and played as well as a team can play," Rivers said. "You can't let up, not with a team with Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant.
"They'll be fine. Everybody's gunning for them. They'll be right back up there at the end. They're so talented. They're well-coached. They'll be there. I'm glad we only see 'em twice."
Here in OKC, we see the Thunder 82 times. Hopefully soon we'll see the Thunder we saw a year ago.
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