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Thunder Preseason Record (2-5) + Developing Players = Don’t Worry OKC Fans
The Oklahoma City Thunder had a bad showing in the preseason ending it with a record of 2-5 last night after losing to the Jazz. The Thunder lost Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary in the preseason for 6 to 8 weeks with foot injuries and they need people to step up. The brilliant thing that Scott Brooks did was he worked out the role players to develop their game. Steven Adams has looked like a dominant big in the preseason and could be chasing that starting Center position. Perry Jones III and Andre Roberson have stepped up their game to working on defensive schemes and driving to the basket. The Thunder have to take advantage of youth on the team and try to develop them to make that push until Kevin Durant comes back in December.
The Thunder have showed that they can get scoring and help from different players and this will have to continue going into the regular season. Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook will have to bring their game play to another level if the Thunder are going to stay in contention in the tough western conference. Russell Westbrook has been putting up double-doubles in the preseason with ease as he is gearing up to show everyone that he can run a team.
Going into the regular season match up against the Trailblazers next Wednesday the Thunder will need to lean on the bench to come in and make a huge impact. Scott Brooks still has to address the line up starters and Lamb,Jones, and Morrow have made some good strides to be inserted into the line up to help out Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has to bring his game to another level and I think he will bring that killer instinct that he have seen in different stretches in his career.
Scott Brooks has some decisions to make and its in his best interest that he picks the best lineup to help him as people will try to put him in the hot seat if he doesn’t.