OKLAHOMA CITY - Somewhere lost along the way of the James Harden talk and the chemistry and temperature of the Thunder, there are some real issues that need to be addressed.
Like when is this team going to start holding onto the ball?
But maybe it doesn't even matter.
Twenty turnovers against Atlanta, 17 against Toronto and a ridiculous average of more than 17 per game so far through four games this season.
A season ago, Oklahoma City was last in the league in turnovers, last in the league in assists and made it all the way to the NBA Finals.
So why would anything change this year? After all, it's essentially the same group who made it through Dallas, Los Angeles and San Antonio in the playoffs, minus Harden, of course. The Thunder rank 24th in the league in turnovers, up from last year's 16.3 per game, and 26th in the league in opponent's turnovers, benefitting from just 13.3 per game.
"Definitely, we have to stop turning the ball over," coach Scott Brooks said. "It's tough...