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Thunder Beat Nuggets (102-91) In Home Opener Without Russ & KD To Go (1-2)
Coming into tonights game against the Nuggets the Thunder got the news that they would have to go without Russell Westbrook for 6 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. The Thunder were coming into the game looking for answers and needed them quickly coming into the home opener. That answer would come from the likes of the rising star Perry Jones III who is coming off his 32 point game in LA. The Thunder came out shooting and clicking on all cylinders as it seemed the Nuggets weren’t able to match the quickness and post presence from OKC. Perry Jones was doing anything he wanted to do in the game tonight hitting anything he wanted from the field and on top of that he lead the Thunder in scoring again with 23 points. Jones has shown the growth and could be that player that steps up to help the Thunder hold the fort until KD and Westbrook come back. Perry Jones sealed the game with a huge fadeaway jumper to give the Thunder a great margin to win late.
The Thunder were confusing the Nuggets in zone sets and leaning on their defense to keep them in the game as they were taking better shots down the stretch. Andre Roberson has turned into the player that the Thunder organization already knew he was becoming that defensive stopper that they had in Thabo. Roberson and Jones have been getting extended minutes and haven’t let coach Scott Brooks down at all with the stars failing down.
The Thunder only have 8 players active on the roster and have been making great strides to gelling together as a unit. The 8 players that are getting the minutes have stepped up and propelled the Thunder to a win against the Nuggets for the 1st win of the season. The Thunder took the Nuggets out 102-91 and it was no contest the whole time until late in the 4th quarter.
The Thunder don’t know about the future of Reggie Jackson as he might end up leaving to play somewhere else if talks don’t become better but I do know that he has to step it up. Reggie is in his contract season and needs to show and prove that he is worth a pretty penny to the team and the league.
The Thunder face the Brooklyn Nets on Monday as they try to keep the winning streak alive and well and will look to have Reggie Jackson back in action and get more production from Perry Jones III.
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