The Oklahoma City Thunder lost 78-74 to the Indiana Pacers in their second Summer League game in Orlando Tuesday afternoon.
Perry Jones who was very impressive in the first Summer League game was less so today scoring eight points to go with four rebounds and left the game late in the fourth after tweaking his ankle. The injury didn’t look to serious and expect Jones to be fine for the rest of the week.
Lazar Hayward played the best for the Thunder scoring 15 points to go with eight rebounds while Reggie Jackson chipped in with 13 points.
Latavious Williams had a nice showing with 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 28 points and seven assists and really dominated the game. He and Jackson were going back and forth some in the game with Stephenson obviously getting the better of him.
While Jones really looked great in the game yesterday, today was not as impressive but still solid for him. Whenever he scores, they are good moves taking his man off the dribble and finishing strong. He definitely likes to spot-up for that midrange jumpers a lot and you could see him developing a nice shot from there.
Hayward has been nice in both games so far in the Summer League but you don’t take him too serious. He’s just too short and his game will not translate well enough to the NBA where he could be effective with the Thunder. He’s not a bad guy to have as your 12th man though and seems to be a real professional.
Jackson again gave us flashes of his potential. He looks a lot better when he doesn’t defer and the offense goes through him. Obviously that will never really be the case for him in OKC but if he gets more comfortable he could definitely be a solid contributor off the bench.
Cole Aldrich was relatively quiet again. He scored five points, had six rebounds and committed seven fouls. Any excitement with Aldrich possibly stepping up this coming season and being a reliable bench player is going away when he plays like this. He still of course has the chance to become a nice backup center for the Thunder but he’s really just nothing too special.
The Thunder will play again tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST vs. Detroit. Hasheem Thabeet could play in the game if he signs with the Thunder tomorrow morning.