No easy games left for Thunder, even against hobbled Lakers
If the Thunder wasn’t already on high alert after losing seven of 10 games, it should be on Tuesday.
The Lakers scored 130 points in a win against the Pelicans Sunday night with each of their top three scorers out due to injury. LeBron James (groin) and Brandon Ingram (blood clot in right arm) have both been shut down for the season, and Kyle Kuzma missed Sunday’s game with left ankle tendinitis.
The Lakers pummeled the Pelicans by 28, with a career-high 23 points coming from former Oklahoma City Blue player Alex Caruso.
“Every game for me is a job application,” Caruso said Sunday night. “It’s me going out there and showing this is where I’m supposed to be. I’m one of the best 350, 400 players in the world and I want to be in this league.”
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During the Thunder’s recent slump, it has been the victim of several players trying to prove they still belong in the NBA.
Memphis fill-in Bruno Caboclo scored a career-best 24 points against the Thunder last week. On Sunday, Dallas saw journeyman guard Trey Burke and the 36-year-old Devin Harrislight OKC up for a combined 40 points on 15-of-28 shooting.
"Yesterday is behind us," Thunder guard Raymond Felton said Monday. "It’s more focused on us today.
"We didn’t even talk about the Lakers or even talk about last game. We just focused on us today, just trying to figure this thing out and get back on the right page."