Oh no! The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets!! Before I get ahead of myself, last night was only a preseason game and it means absolutely nothing especially because Thabo Sefolosha, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka did not play. But, on Wednesday night, expectations to make that “next step” started.
The Thunder started Russell Westbrook, Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward, Kevin Durant and Cole Aldrich. With 7 new additions to the roster, this was a time for players to show why they should be on the roster and why they should be in the rotation. For the Rockets, Jeremy Lin was the biggest question mark and anticipation tonight.
Early on, Westbrook had his way on Lin with 16 points in the first quarter. With that positive, transition defense was a major problem early on as Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson were able to get easy buckets in transition.
Durant caught fire in the second quarter. The Thunder dynamic duo only played in the first half and they played fairly well even though the Thunder fell to the Rockets, 107-105 last night. Here are the top 5 things Thunder fans can take away from Wednesday night’s game:
1) Russell Westbrook looked real good: I loved the way he used his strength against Lin in the post, and it looks like his jumper has improved a little bit.
2) James Harden was rubbish: He didn’t look like himself. But, then again, it is still the preseason.
3) Cole Aldrich was a beast: 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes, does not sounds too shabby to me. His presence was felt in last night’s game, he just needs to stay out of foul trouble.
4) Hollis Thompson, Andy Rautins and Daniel Orton didn’t play a second in the game. Maybe this is saying something or just the way Scott Brooks is handling things.
5) Reggie Jackson played like a mature point guard. If you put a gun to my head and asked who should be that backup point guard, I might say Jackson right now.