The Thunder’s beginning lineup on Friday night time was Aleksej Pokusevski, Théo Maledon, Moses Brown, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, and Isaiah Roby. If none of these names is acquainted, don’t fear, they’ve mixed for 285 video games of NBA expertise — 280 earlier than Friday night time.
So, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the Suns, led by Devin Booker’s 32 factors and Chris Paul’s 12 assists, obliterated Oklahoma City, 140-103. It was probably the most lopsided lack of the season for the Thunder, and the fourth loss for Oklahoma City by 30 or extra factors.
What might come as a shock is that 37 factors wasn’t the most important margin of the night time, as Golden State took a 130-77 beating from the Raptors in Tampa. It additionally could also be shocking that the Thunder’s 4 30-point losses aren’t probably the most within the NBA this season: that distinction belongs to the Cavaliers, with six.
The Grizzlies, Kings, Magic, Spurs, Timberwolves, and Trail Blazers every even have a number of 30-point losses this season, serving to the NBA attain a complete of 38 such video games. There’s nonetheless about one-third of the shortened season to go, and it’ll take solely two extra of those blowouts to achieve the entire for all of final yr (additionally a shortened season), and for your entire 2017-18 season, based on information from Stathead.
The NBA this season already has had extra video games determined by 30-plus factors than it did in your entire 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2015-16 seasons, when it occurred 35 occasions apiece. There had been 56 video games like this in 2018-19, and the league is on tempo for 57 this yr in a season with 10 fewer video games per workforce. It’s not like 56 is a standard quantity, both — for the final quarter-century, the variety of 30-point blowouts has usually bounced round within the 30s every season.
So, in the event you’ve been watching the NBA and feeling like there’s been an inordinate quantity of butt-kickings, you’re proper. It appears fairly apparent why this could be the case: in a season the place video games are performed in principally barren arenas, the place there’s fixed virus testing and protocols to comply with, and the place holding starters recent is essential with a compressed schedule, after all you’re going to get extra nights the place one workforce will get its doorways blown off early and doesn’t make any pretense about getting issues shut. Just get the sport over with and transfer on to the subsequent one.
Although, the way in which issues are going, in the event you’re Cleveland, Oklahoma City, or Golden State, that may simply be one other 30-point loss.