Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Comes Up Short Against The Wizards In Home Opener

Craig Hofeld

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The Thunder got off to a hot start in their home opener in a game that started off with a dunk from Steven Adams. Oklahoma City had the offense rolling, and the defense was doing its part as well. The score began to flip once the Thunder started to struggle on offense. The Wizards would go on to lead for the rest of the second half despite their best player Bradly Beal not being a factor at all.

The third quarter we saw the offense for the Thunder struggle even more. SGA was essentially the only guy on the floor having any offensive success. Despite the lack of offense, OKC was in the game the entire way. The team went on a run to tie the game in the fourth quarter led once again by SGA. After the Thunder evened the score, the Wizards would close out the game on a 14-2 run to win by a score of 97-85.

We Need More From The Offense!

The Thunder have not given up more than 100 points in the first two games this season. However, the offense has not scored more than 100 points either. OKC has looked extremely smooth on offense at times, but has also gone through some tough scoring droughts.

Guys like SGA and Hamidou Diallo will give scoring in bursts throughout the season. But, it will be up to the veterans in Chris Paul, Steven Adams, and Danilo Gallinari to produce points when the Thunder can’t seem to score the basketball.

This squad hasn’t been playing together for very long, and sometimes running a smooth offense simply takes time. The good news for Thunder fans is that the defense has been solid. If this team can find an offensive rhythm they will be competitive all season long.

Thunder Player Of The Game

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been phenomenal in the first two games for the Thunder. The second year guard has set a new career high in each game thus far. On Friday night against the Wizards SGA recorded 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.

SGA is clearly a guy that the Thunder can rely on to score the basketball. It will be exciting to watch this young guy develop and lead the new era of Thunder basketball.

Sunday Matinee 

The Thunder will be back home again on Sunday afternoon as they take on the Golden State Warriors. The game will tip-off at 2:30 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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