OKLAHOMA CITY – What was already the worst start to a season in the Oklahoma City era of Thunder, got a little worse with an air loss of 101-95 against the Boston Celtics on Thursday.
The Thunder led by 16 at halftime, the Celtics held only 34 points, but with a 40-point third quarter with 9-of-14 shooting out of 3, Boston stormed back to take the lead. The Thunder grouped around 94-85 with 4:22 left, but with just one point from there to the buzzer, the Celtics finally headed for the last time at the head of a Marcus Morris 3 from the left wing with 27 seconds ahead.  Russell Westbrook, who had played his second game since knee surgery in September, hastened to a 3-fold tie following the retirement of coach Billy Donovan, and the Celtics made it from there. For Westbrook he capped a tough fourth quarter, where he remained goalless in 0-7 shooting and three sales.
"That's me," Westbrook said of the poor fourth quarter of the Thunder. "I take full responsibility to make sure we have to do what we need to do to win the game, we need to do a better job to make sure we close the game."
Donovan said the piece was designed to get the ball in Westbrook's hands, with action around him and being able to make a decision. He said he emphasized that a 3 was not needed at the moment, but was ok with the shot Westbrook made.
"I did not think it was a terrible shot," Donovan said, perhaps not the best confirmation
After a rousing return leg against the Kings on Sunday, Westbrook showed some rust spots against Boston and shot only 5 of 20 points on the field, plus five turnovers. The Celtics forced Westbrook to take more mid-range jumper, a shot he can make, but one that requires consistency of rhythm.
"I take full responsibility regardless of what happened in the fourth," he said. "Miss or hit shots, it's my responsibility to make sure we get a good one and I take responsibility, it will not happen again, we'll move on to the next one."
The thunder has fallen into a 0-4 hole, and although there is a connection, as Donovan said – Westbrook lacks two games and training camps, a few tough games against quality opponents – – your launch is still a shock to the system. There were problems to overcome – poor free-throw (they missed 11 against the Celtics) and bad perimeter shoot (24 per cent on the season) the two most obvious. But when Westbrook gets back in shape, he tried after the game on Thursday to show peace and security.
"We're fine, everything will be fine," said Westbrook. I'm confident in my boys in this locker room, I'm confident in myself and my abilities to make sure we have a chance to win a ball game, there's no need to panic, obviously we're not starting on." Just as we wanted, but we will be fine and I will take care of it. So do not worry. "
The launch of Thunder is just too familiar to the inconsistent campaign of last season, which contained a series of frustrating and confusing losses, mixed with encouraging performances, and it was thought that this season was very different, with a considerable one Number of roster broadcasts, the swing of Paul George, who re-signed, and some additions to boost their depth Instead, the Thunder are trapped in their worst franchise launch since 2007-08.
There are 78 more [games]"George said." For us it's one game after another. Tomorrow we will bury this game as soon as we watch it on film and prepare for Phoenix, but just take it one day, game after game. "