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Adams & Westbrook Lead The Way As Thunder Knock Off Grizzlies (117-107)
The Oklahoma City Thunder came into this game knowing that they were going to need to make great adjustments with the news of Kevin Durant’s “Jones Fracture” coming out of no where. What the Thunder didn’t know is how hungry it would make the other players on the roster in this time of need. Steven Adams has become a huge blessing in disguise and didn’t disappoint on Tuesday against the Grizzlies. Steven Adams was a man amongst boys and actually was too much to handle in the paint just ask Koufos of the Memphis Grizzlies. Adams had a dominating 22 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes of work. If Adams can play like this on a consistent basis the Thunder will be cooking with gas because Adams can help Ibaka in the paint. Russell Westbrook played as confident as he sounded on media day when he said “I’m the best point guard in the league”. Westbrook recorded 14 points and 12 assists in 26 minutes against the Grizzlies and it seemed as though he was willing to do anything he pleased in breakdowns. Westbrook will need to keep this up and get the help from his fellow teammates if he is going to be able to keep the ship above 500 until Kevin Durant comes back. The team will need to contribute like this on a daily basis as 7 Thunder players scored in double figures against the Grizzlies.
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The good thing about this win is that it was a division rival and the bad thing about it is the fact that Z-Bo,Gasol, and Conley didn’t play at all. Thunder’s starters Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka didn’t play either which also can be good because as we know Reggie Jackson can go off on the Grizzlies just like the postseason.
The Thunder have some great perimeter shooters that they can use during the season and the addition of Anthony Morrow was very huge. Morrow is a sharp shooter that brings nothing but pointers and attacking the rim to the table and he put that on display with his 19 points in his first game in the Chesapeake Arena.
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Jeremy Lamb dropped 23 points and looked to be in rhythm with the offense as he was taking advantage of anything that came his way. Lamb has looked aggressive since the Summer League and with the way he is playing and with KD going down the Thunder will need that full time. Lamb brings that aggressive passion to the game and will look for his smooth jumper in between his attacking the basket.
The Thunder are looking to have a great season if every produces again like they did in this 117-107 win against the Grizzlies. This win should carry over as it looks like everyone is getting in the flow of the offensive schemes that Scott Brooks wants.
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