The Oklahoma City Thunder are the only winless team in the Western Conference and one of only two NBA squads to yet taste victory (the other being the 0-5 Cleveland Cavaliers).
However, after gagging up a 16-point halftime advantage and bowing to the visiting Boston Celtics, 101-95, on Thursday night to sink to 0-4, Thunder star Russell Westbrook refused to push the panic button.
"We’re OK. We’ll be all right,” Westbrook said, according to Royce Young of ESPN. “It’s early. I’m confident in my guys in this locker room, I’m confident in myself and my abilities to make sure that we have an opportunity to win a ballgame. There’s no need to panic."
Oklahoma City went 48-34 and earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs last season.
Westbrook, still trying to work his way back into rhythm after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery Sept. 12, played a big part in the second-half collapse against Boston on Thursday night, especially in the fourth quarter.
The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player missed all seven shots he took in the final 12 minutes and turned the basketball over three times.
"Obviously, we’re not starting the way we wanted to, but we’ll be OK and I will make sure of that," he said. "So, not worried.”
The Thunder will look for their first win when they host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night (7).