After losing to the Lakers only a couple of nights ago in Los Angeles, the Thunder had to turn around play them again in Oklahoma City on Friday night.
The Thunder has been known to play to the level of their competition this season. We’ve seen them beat some playoff caliber teams, and then turn around and lose to the Wizards or the Pacers. Friday night, this Thunder team definitely played up to the level of their competition as they went toe to toe with the best team in the league.
Oklahoma City moved the ball around a ton on offense. The team produced 16 first half assists which was on pace to be a season high. Shai-Gilgeous Alexander led the way for OKC, picking apart the Lakers defense and finishing at the basket over top of one of the league’s best rim protectors. After a back and forth first half, the Thunder led the Lakers 67-66.
The Thunder’s third quarter slumps have been killing the team this season. All things pointed to another awful quarter for OKC to start the second half, but the team turned it around at the end. In what could have been a much worse situation, this young Thunder squad trailed by only three points heading into the final quarter.
Oklahoma City has done just enough to stay in games this season, but they haven’t quite been able to finish at the end. SGA was in a spot to hit a three to tie the game, but he opted for a layup. By the time the Thunder could foul, there wasn’t enough time on the clock. The Lakers managed to pull off another close win over the Thunder.
Thunder Player Of The Game
Steven Adams has had a rough start to this 2019-2020 season. Whether it’s a rough performance on the court, or if it’s dealing with injuries, the Big Kiwi has had his fair share of struggles thus far.
Steven Adams definitely has what it takes to be the centerpiece to this offense. If he can have a couple more games like this to get into a rhythm, we may get back to seeing the old Adams that we all know and love so well.
Adams had his best game of the season Friday night. He outscored his previous season high by eight points, going for a total of 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Back To Cali
The Thunder play again on Monday night as they head back to California to take on the Warriors. The Thunder has won their previous two matchups against the Warriors, and Monday night should be no different. With a wounded roster, this is without a doubt a team OKC should beat.
The game will tip-off at 9:30 PM CST, and it will be televised on FSOK. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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