Nov. 06, 2017
Thunder weekly notebook; Clutch time, number 35, and more
The first three games of the season are in the books for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They wrapped up the weekend with a buzzer beating loss to Minnesota to drop to 1-2 on the year. Here is what you missed over the last week:
Prior to the start of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder signed rookie point guard PJ Dozier to a two-way deal. While it might not seem like a big deal, do you know what number PJ Dozier asked for, and got? 35.
Thursday vs the Knicks: The Thunder beat down the lowly New York Knicks, by a score of 105-84. Carmelo Anthony enjoyed playing against his former-team going for 22-points, 2-steals, a pair of blocks, and a trio of threes. Paul George silently stole the show. Having a +23 +/-, while scoring 28-points and grabbing 6-rebounds. Let us not forget about Russell Westbrook, who only went for a triple double dishing out 16-assists snagging 10-rebounds, and dropping 21-points.
Saturday @ the Jazz: The game in Utah was not so kind to the Thunder. As a team OKC turned the ball over 17-times, and shot 41% from the floor. The Thunder once trailed by 20-points, while being out rebounded. The big 3 had a lackluster game. Russell Westbrook scored 6-points on 18% shooting, 13-rebounds, and 9 dimes. Paul George sunk in 22-points shooting 42% and also turned the ball over 6-times, while Carmelo scored 26 on 46% shooting, only pulling down 3-rebounds something OKC counted on from Carmelo Anthony, that they have not gotten thus far.
Sunday vs the Timberwolves: I do not think this game can be topped. It was even, back-and-forth all game, before ending on an emotional rollercoaster. Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook took this game over. Adams, went for 17-points, 13-rebounds, a pair of blocks, and a steal. Russell Westbrook finally reverted back to his old self going on the attack, and not being unnecessarily passive. The MVP scored 31-points, and found his teammates for a score 10-times, while pulling down 5-rebounds. Raymond Felton proved his worth scoring 12 off the bench and providing a +23 while he was on the floor. It was all for not as Andrew Wiggins hit a 3 from the 580 area code off the glass, to beat the buzzer and the Thunder. That just added to Wiggins 27-points, and 7-boards.
Clutch time test: The Thunder hit a would be game winner with 4-seconds left, had Wiggins had not answer. However, our question was finally answered. After a time out, the Thunder drew up a beautiful play to inbound the ball to Russell Westbrook who takes a step in as if to drive before dishing it back out to Carmelo Anthony for a sweet three. They have so many options, and it seems to everyone that the odd men out will not be upset with who takes the last shot on a given night.
Upcoming games this week: On Wednesday Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and the Pacers come to Bricktown to face off with the Thunder, and Friday OKC travels to Minnesota for another meeting with the timberwolves.
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