Oh man, how great it was just have Thunder basketball back.
Oklahoma City kicked off their overseas pre-season trip this morning against the well-known European team in Turkey, Fenerbahce Ulker(FBU).
The Thunder beat Fenerbahce 95-81 led by Kevin Durant’s 24 points. As a team, Oklahoma City shot 50% from the floor, but shot 14% from deep, and turned the ball over 20 times. However, this was the first time these guys are playing together against another opponent.
The number one thing Thunder fans can take out of this win is the impressive play of Thabo Sefolosha. We know Sefolosha changed his number from two to 25 and his reasoning was that “it was time for a change.” However, not just his number was changed, but also his game. He got into the lane on various possessions, and finished strong. In the past, Sefolosha’s offensive game was just his outside shot, but it seems as if he is now attacking the basket more. I’m eager to know if this attack mindset will carry over to the regular season.
Here are more notes and takeaways from Oklahoma City’s win:
-Kendrick Perkins left the game late in the second quarter with what most are saying is a dislocated finger.
-Seeing Sefolosha in the number 25 was awfully weird.
-Steven Adams started the second half for Perkins and he was pretty impressive. Adams knows how to finish around the rim in numerous of ways. He rebounded the ball well, and every time there was a loose ball, Adams was on the floor in a heartbeat. Let’s see how Adams does against NBA talent.
-Jeremy Lamb played an overall decent game. He passed the ball better than he shot it today. Lamb finished with nine points in 30 minutes of play. He showed his length on the defensive end, which is the underrated aspect of his game.
-Ibaka was quiet tonight but finished the game with 15 points. Ibaka added four blocks and was active as always on the defensive end.
-Reggie Jackson was brilliant today. He looks a lot slimmer, and much quicker. It looks as if Jackson worked on his jumper a lot this offseason, as he went 4-6 from the field and finished with a solid nine points.
The Thunder play the 76ers on Tuesday in their second preseason game.