The OKC Thunder narrowly beaten by the Utah Jazz – player grades

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In an incredibly tight game, the OKC Thunder just missed out on their second win of the season, going down to the Utah Jazz 109-110 – player grades.

The OKC Thunder had a really good start to the game, opening up to a 5-14 advantage.

The Thunder shot the ball well from deep with Al Horford and Luguentz Dort.

The Jazz made their usual comeback and the game remained close to halftime. Fun fact, the only Thunder starter not to hit a 3-point shot before halftime was George Hill, who led the NBA in 3-point percentage last season.

The second half was tight, as the Jazz shot the ball with incredible efficiency but the Thunder would not go away.

Hill and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder, who had contributions from almost every player that hit the court. If SGA had made the final shot then the Thunder would be unbeaten.

It was a tough shot though.

149. Final. 110. 118. 109

Another balanced team effort by the OKC Thunder.

Not only did the starting unit perform well, but the second unit was also solid in its production. I wish I could say that we witnessed Aleksej Pokusevski hit his first NBA field goal but, alas, he missed on both of his attempts from deep.

Mike Muscala was good from deep and had some solid defensive plays.

Hamidou Diallo was again a tremendous contributor.

Theo Maledon looked more at ease in just his second game in the league.

However, I was particularly impressed with the intensity of Kendrich Williams. His effort may not appear on the box score, but the way he played reminded me of Dort last season.

Now, let’s take a look at the player grades.