Perry Jones III Shines As Thunder Fall To Jazz, 97-81

By Eli Friedman
Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Due to this only being a preseason game, I’m not going to sit here and rant on how bad the Thunder played, and how its panic time in Oklahoma City. Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to 0-2 in the preseason, losing 97-81, against the Utah Jazz. However, there were negatives and positives to take out of last night.

Before I say anything, Russell Westbrook and James Harden did not play tonight, and Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka both played fewer than 20 minutes. On the other hand, Utah played most of their starters for a majority of the second half.

Here were the top 3 things to take out of the loss last night:

1)      The only thing I’m worried about is that backup point guard spot: As much as I hate to say it, Eric Maynor still looks really rusty, and I’m not so for sure his spot is locked up.  For Reggie Jackson, he played well in the preseason opener but not last night. Turned the ball over a few times, and also looked a little slow and unsure of himself. Something to clear up before November 1st.

2)      Perry Jones III was “ballin” tonight: The guy can really do everything, as he is the true definition of versatile. I love him in a pick-and-roll situation as he can pop or roll off the screen for a dunk. Jones III should definitely get some good minutes this year

3)      This Utah team is underrated: Williams, Foye, Hayward, Milsap, and Jefferson. Look at Western Conference! I see them as a potential 6th or 7th seed.

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