OKC Thunder’s resilience shines through vs Timberwolves, 3 Takeaways

The OKC Thunder never say die, and their comeback against Minnesota proves that. Three takeaways from the Thunder's win.

Jan 20, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
Jan 20, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) / Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
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Lu Dort: Unsung Hero

The story would have been different if not for Anthony Edwards missing all of his three free throws down the final stretch. Lu Dort fouled him on that play, and it would have been costly if it had gone down differently. 

Be that as it may, Lu Dort was pivotal for the Thunder in the final period. Dort played as the perimeter anchor defensively for the Thunder

He mainly guarded Anthony Edwards, holding him to five points in the final period. Edwards was held to 19 points, five rebounds, and five assists. 

Dort’s efforts have always been overlooked. His screen navigation is something one cannot see in the stat sheets. His superb lateral and hip movements to put opposing players in jail are often set aside for more highlight-worthy plays. 

But he does his job insanely well, especially this season. He had 14 points on three-for-seven shooting from three, including one in the fourth quarter that bailed the Thunder out of a shot clock violation and closed the gap late. 

Lu Dort has been so valuable to the team for so long now. He has shown he can maximize his role and contribute to the team by any means necessary. Dort has been irreplaceable with his role. 

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