Thunder Bolts: Los Angeles Lakers 106, Oklahoma City Thunder 81

Michael Winn

Sports Blogger

@Michael_Winnboy

 

Thunder struggle without Westbrook and Anthony

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The Oklahoma City Thunder decided to sit Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in a loss to the Lakers Thursday night at the Staples Center. The Thunder were missing these two desperately as the team shot 35 percent from the field. The highlight of the night for the Thunder was on a play in the third quarter, when Paul George crossed over Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and then found Steven Adams for an alley-oop slam.

Thunder, Lakers empty their benches

This game was only a small part of the action that happened Thursday, as the NBA trade deadline was hectic, to say the least. Although the Thunder didn’t make any big splashes, the Lakers did. The Lakers made a trade to get Isaiah Thomas and sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Lonzo Ball still out of the lineup, the Lakers were shorthanded and forced to play everyone on their roster against OKC. The Thunder were also shorthanded as two of their starters sat out.

Bad timing for Thunder loss

Heading toward the All-Star break, teams usually like to go in on a winning streak. The Thunder might have thought they would have an easy night with a shorthanded Laker team, but this was not the case. The Thunder have three more games before the break, including two against the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that’s currently one of the worst in the NBA. Maybe the Thunder will get on track before the break and continue a future winning streak after the break as well.

ozone@ocolly.com

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