Oklahoma City traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks in their third preseason game. The team was without two starters tonight in Steven Adams and Chris Paul. However, I’m not sure if they had played that the outcome of this one would have been any different.
The Mavericks got on a roll early and held a ten point lead after the first quarter. Dallas dominated this one all the way through, but did the most damage in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Thunder 25-13.
Why Thunder Fans Should Worry About This Loss
There’s a lot of things do and don’t matter during preseason. I get it, OKC was without two key players tonight. That being said, this was the teams first true look at what real NBA team is going to look like. Needless to say, the Thunder weren’t able to step up and compete.
There’s no doubt that Adams and Paul would have made a difference in this one. What Thunder fans should worry about is guys like Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and Dennis Schröder not being able to step up when they are needed. In order for this roster to have any sort of success, these guys will have to show up to play.
One Positive Takeaway
This was an ugly performance from OKC, but it wasn’t all bad. Danilo Gallinari shot 50% from the floor and from beyond the arc.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) October 15, 2019
He is coming off of the best season of his career, and he could be the perfect guy to compliment Chris Paul and Steven Adams. Thunder fans should be excited about the possibilities with this trio. There’s no doubt Paul and Adams will dominate the pick and roll, but if Gallinari can add a perimeter game the Thunder’s offense could be dangerous.
Final Preseason Game
Oklahoma City will host Memphis on Wednesday night in their final preseason game. We may finally see what the real rotations will be for this roster. I expect Billy Donovan to give us a real look for the first half at what this team will look like.
The game will tip-off at 7:00 PM CST and will be televised on FSOK. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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