OKC Thunder in the news: Steven Adams shows out, Paul George reflects, Westbrook’s return

OKC Thunder big Steven Adams (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
OKC Thunder big Steven Adams (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

OKC Thunder in the news is here. Mornings after recent losses are never ideal. We’d all love to wake up, make some coffee, and continue gloating in the joy of recent winning. It is not so this morning.

OKC Thunder in the news for Sunday looks back at Friday’s loss and then ahead to tonight’s matchup versus the Kings.

The OKC Thunder have started the season 0-2 without Russell Westbrook, but have shown promising adjustments from last season. There are reasons to take two opening losses with a grain of salt.

Paul George reflects on loss

After Friday’s loss to the Clippers, Paul George spoke his mind and offered key insight into the Thunder’s lackluster defensive start to the season. George told the media:

"“When they changed their lineup and didn’t have their starting group, I thought we didn’t stick to our principals because of who was out there, and that’s what messed us up,” George said. “We have to stick to our defensive principals, no matter what lineup they have out there.”"

He has a point. The Thunder were 10th in defensive rating last season, even without Roberson. There’s no reason this squad should be a great deal worse. The Thunder have allowed 108 points in both their games to start the season this year, which is far from what was expected.

Hopefully, George can lead this team by example and stay true to defensive principles.

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Adams is Still Adams:

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Though the OKC Thunder defense doesn’t appear the same as last year, Thunder big, Steven Adams sure does.

Adams tallied up 18 rebounds against the Clippers, 6 of which were off the offensive glass.

Adams is still not in what most would consider a professional basketball player’s prime, which means he should do nothing but improve for a few more years. It’s early in the season, but it’s exciting to see his play and think about his fully developed skill set. Adams is the best offensive rebounder in the league. Imagining how else he can improve is tantalizing.

Westbrook Back?

Thunder point-man Russell Westbrook could be back on the court tonight.

There was some speculation that Westbrook might return against the Clippers, but the general consensus is that he’ll make his season debut tonight.

Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery in September. Although this surgery is not serious, it does take some time to return from any procedure.

Russ’ style of play can’t make use of any physical condition less than 100%, so it’s wise for the Thunder to take their time bringing him back.

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That wraps up in the news for Sunday, October 21. Make sure to check out the game day preview and then return after the match for post game grades and TI’s takeaways following game.