Shai Gilgeous-Alexander issues 3-word message on Thunder's mentality after Game 2

Apr 24, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
Apr 24, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

With every passing day, the OKC Thunder seem to be putting the "too young" to contend for a championship narrative to rest, and their latest outing against the New Orleans Pelicans only furthers them away from such chatter.

Wednesday night, Oklahoma City made the most of their homecourt advantage by blowing out NOLA by a final score of 124-92 to, ultimately, ensure a 2-0 quarterfinals series lead before heading on the road to the Big Easy for Games 3 and 4.

Dominating on both ends of the floor, five Thunder players saw 13 or more points scored while, as a whole collective, the team shot 59.0 percent from the floor and 48.3 percent from deep. On top of this, they held the Pelicans to just 45.2 percent shooting, 26.9 percent shooting from deep, and forced them into a whopping 17 turnovers, resulting in 22 points in favor of OKC.

As time goes by, it's becoming more and more clear that this team has one priority, and, during his postgame press conference, superstar guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander revealed exactly what that is.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shares main priority for OKC Thunder

"We prioritize winning. That's something we try to do every night, every time we step on the floor, and it's all 15, 16, 17, however many guys we have on a roster, that's all of our main things and when you prioritize winning things like that come with it."

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Though Gilgeous-Alexander proved once again to be the leading guy on the hardwood for the Thunder, as he paced all players in points with 33 to go along with 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals, he is of the belief that the game is bigger than one player and that it takes a full team effort and a winning mindset to get a win.

The guard's stud cohort, Chet Holmgren -- who had a magnificent performance himself with 26 points, 7 boards, and 2 blocks -- also voiced a similar talking point post-game, telling Bally Sports' Nick Gallo that "It took everybody that touched the floor" to come away from Game 2 in such triumphant fashion.

Moving forward, the hope is that the Thunder can continue to sport their "0-0" mindset and stay hungry for wins as they look to claim their franchise's first-ever Larry O'Brien Trophy.

Fortunately, it appears their priorities are already set in stone.