OKC Thunder’s poor shooting leads to 2-0 deficit early in the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Thunder started the playoffs as the sleeper out of the Western Conference, but things certainly haven’t gone to plan. OKC has opened up going 0-2 against the Blazers, with abysmal three-point shooting to blame.
OKC shot 5-28 from behind the arc in Game Two, shooting 17.9% on the night. Surprisingly, this was an improvement from the Game One percentage of 15.2% from three. Clearly, the perimeter shooting for the Thunder is looking like a problem.
While the Thunder do have a talented roster, they are lacking any kind of threat from deep. This has been a huge problem against the Trail Blazers, who have shot the three-ball at 42% over the first two games of this series. Portland guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have each hit three or more three pointers in each of the first two games of this series, proving to be the difference in the matchup so far.
Unfortunately for OKC, this is a problem that will likely be their downfall in this season’s playoffs. Sure, the shooting of Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder role players might improve enough to win games at home, but the consistency won’t be there in the shooting department for the Thunder.
With Game Three coming up for OKC on Friday, the Thunder have put themselves in a must-win situation. Expect much-improved shooting from the Thunder in the third game of this series. Coach Billy Donovan will want to get role players like Terrance Ferguson and Jerami Grant going from downtown. If this pair can knock down the three-ball at around 40%, the Thunder’s chances of getting back into this series will jump drastically.