Before I start off, remember that these games don’t mean much. Yes, the Thunder did win. Yes, Jeremy Lamb looked like he could contribute next year. Yes, Grant Jerrett can play. But, it’s still July in the NBA.
The Thunder started the game off with Dwight Buycks, Jeremy Lamb, DeAndre Liggins, Grant Jerrett, and Daniel Orton. Daniel Orton was really feeling it early on with a quick slam off a pick-and-roll, and a turnaround 17 foot jumper. Thunder rookie Steven Adams checked in about half way through the quarter, and looked a little lost. That didn’t last though. Minutes later, Lamb and Adams connected for an all oop off a pick and roll that sparked a run. The following possession Lamb got a quick steal for a breakaway slam and the bench erupted. Oklahoma City led 20-12 after one, as Daniel Orton had six points, and Jeremy Lamb had five. In the second quarter, the Thunder had trouble scoring but still maintained a lead. Grant Jerrett from Arizona impressed with a few buckets. Indiana went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to five thanks to great play from Orlando Johnson. At halftime, Oklahoma City led the Pacers 32-27. Jeremy Lamb had nine points, and Daniel Orton had eight.
The third quarter was one that consisted of sloppy play. There was a span where the Thunder turned the ball over three times, went 0-5 from the field, and was outscored 8-0. Jeremy Lamb and Daniel Orton sat for a good portion of the quarter, as guys like Kyle Kuric and Ron Anderson got a bunch of time in the quarter. Oklahoma City only led by one, 53-51 heading into the fourth.
To start off the fourth quarter, Ben Hansbrough hit a three to give Indiana the lead. However, Kyle Kuric from Louisville hit back to back threes to give the Thunder the lead again. For every Indiana basket, Oklahoma City had an answer. Dwight Buycks dunk gave the Thunder a 10 point lead and from then the Thunder didn’t look back. The final was 76-68 in Orlando as the Thunder are now 1-0 in summer league action. Grant Jerrett led all OKC scorers with 17 points. Orton also chipped in with 15 points, and Lamb with 14.
-Steven Adams’ hands aren’t the best. There were many instances where he just couldn’t catch an in-bounds pass or entry pass into the post.
-Dwight Buycks didn’t score all that much (12 points), but did have 13 assists in the game. Maybe he can make the roster as the third string point guard.
-Jeremy Lamb played excellent today, but also did it with Orlando Johnson guarding him.
-Kyle Kuric didn’t get many minutes but when he did play, he made the most of it. Eight points in only nine minutes.
-Guy who impressed was Grant Jerrett. He was that “other guy” who the Thunder drafted. He was probably the best player out of Adams and Roberson today. Jerrett was 4-5 from deep and had 17 points. Hello.
-By the way, Reggie Jackson did make the trip to Orlando, but didn’t play today.
-Andre Roberson didn’t do much today. He had only two points in almost 18 minutes. Welp.