OKC Blue balanced next man up attitude like OKC Thunder

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The OKC Blue had an incredible game against the Stockton Kings, even with several players called up to the OKC Thunder.

With the OKC Thunder injury issues, they have called up Justin Patton and Luguentz Dort. This meant that the OKC Blue was short-handed but it did not matter. The Blue took the win 149-117 against the Stockton Kings.

They did this as they have done most of the season; with a balanced scoring effort. The bench unit produced 76 of the 149 which is more than half the total points. This is impressive and encapsulates the team mantra which both the OKC Blue and OKC Thunder play with.

As mentioned in a previous article, Sedrick Barefield is a true 3-point sniper. His 29 points off the bench were so efficient, going 11-of-15 from the floor and 6-of-7 from deep. This allowed DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell to get inside and hit 9-of-13. When the defense has to respect you, the team benefits.

Devon Hall finally played the game expected of him. His shot selection worked, mainly because the ball went through the hoop. He was 8-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-8 from deep. He did not make it to the free throw line but had eight assists and five rebounds.

Myke Henry did damage inside with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, Kevin Hervey and Kadeem Jack had double-digit rebounds, Jack had a double-double off the bench.

Abdul Gaddy did his usual thing, selecting his shots wisely going 2-of-4 for eight points. He had seven assists as well, running the team efficiently. Markel Brown scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

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Only Anthony Roberson did not have a good game, fouling out in 16 minutes and only scoring two points. So, what does this highlight? The Blue, like the OKC Thunder, is a truly balanced outfit now. Take one player out and every other player knows their role and is willing to do that little bit more.

Looking at the varsity squad, they have very rarely had their full squad either. They are seventh in the Western Conference and had the best record in December for the West.

There is the next man up attitude and a willingness to work for each other which is going to take both of these teams far this season.

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