Without Kevin Durant, Nick Collison and Derek Fisher, the Oklahoma City Thunder trailed the whole game as they fell 88-76 to the Phoenix Suns. The Thunder fell to 4-2 in the preseason.
Reggie Jackson led the Thunder with 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting, along with four assists and three rebounds. Jackson finished 1-of-6 from three-point range.
Oklahoma City never led, and trailed by as much as 21 points in the second half. However, the Thunder pushed it as close at 67-61 in the fourth quarter, as the Thunder never got any closer.
Steven Adams was another bright spot, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds. His defense was much better throughout the game.
Oklahoma City returns home to the central time zone tomorrow night as they host the Chicago Bulls in Wichita, Kan. Tip-off is at 8:30 PM at the Intrust Bank Arena. You can catch the game on ESPN if you’re unable to make the trip up I-35.
What to watch for
Picking up KD’s slack
No one really did this tonight. Some people tried, but unfortunately, he was dearly missed. Oklahoma City could really struggle a lot if he was to miss time without Russell Westbrook in the line up. It’s a very scary thought.
Hah, this was laughable. Get it, hah? Anyway, Oklahoma City was an atrocious 2-of-19 from behind the arc. Jackson and Perry Jones were the only good guys to go deep. the rest of the team finished 0-of-11. That includes Jeremy Lamb. He and Thabo Sefolosha finished 0-of-7 combined.
Choo Choo – hop on the bandwagon! It’s leaving the station. He keeps improving each game. He battled with Martin Gortat throughout the game, and for the most part succeeded. I was very happy with how he defended everyone that came in. He only battled fifth overall pick, Alex Len, for a short period, but really dominated him when he was in the game.
- All-in-all, without Durant, this team really had zero identity. Half of it was just barreling down the line and trying to score at the rim, which failed a lot of the time.
- The second half was really bad for the Thunder. Turnover after turnover, accounting for 13 of them in the second act. Just was careless taking care of the football.
- I could go on and on about Steven Adams all day, but I won’t. I will say I think Hasheem Thabeet is in real big trouble. I fully expect Steven Adams to be the back up center coming opening day, next week. He’s been really impressive so far this preseason. What’s awesome about this kid is that he’s so hungry to learn.
- In the first half, I was really worried about Jeremy Lamb. The kid was really over thinking and it was showing. He missed a technical foul free throw, something that would’ve been easy money usually. However, coming out of the locker room he really settled down. After starting just 1-of-7, he finished 3-of-4. He was a huge part in the surge to get back in the game early in the fourth quarter.
- Some people were upset on how Sefolosha played, and it wasn’t that bad, I guess. Tonight just showed that he’s not a number one or two option. When he is expected to do that, he struggles. He did tonight, going just 1-of-9, including 0-of-4 from three-point range. He air balled a three-point attempt to put the icing on the cake. He left the game in the third quarter with cramps, never to return.
- I keep thinking to myself, why is Diante Garrett and Andre Roberson on this team? They both again had poor games, and keep making me think they don’t deserve to be on an NBA team. Oklahoma City will most likely keep both players. Garrett, because Oklahoma City needs a third point guard. Roberson, so they don’t lose their rights. He’ll most likely going to Tulsa.
Next up: Tomorrow, vs. Bulls in Wichita, Kan.