Turnovers doom OKC Thunder vs Clippers, 3 takeaways

The OKC Thunder fell to the L.A. Clippers on Tuesday to drop to 0-2 on the four-game road trip.

Jan 16, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) passes the
Jan 16, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) passes the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Vasiljie Micic and Aaron Wiggins are always ready 

Vasiljie Micic and Aaron Wiggins made solid contributions off the bench, especially in the fourth quarter. 

Micic was a stabilizing force. With the 11 minutes she played, he scored seven points and two assists in just four attempts on the field. 

Micic made the correct passes, exploited the space the defense gave him, and knocked down the shots that gave leeway for the team. Slowly but surely, he gained the touch and timing of the NBA pace, earning him minutes in the rotation. 

Meanwhile, Aaron Wiggins also had seven points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Wiggins defended well in the perimeter, stopping jumpers like Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and James Harden. 

His length and switchability were also crucial in the Thunder’s defensive scheme against the elite wings of the Clippers. 

He was also timely and intentional with his cuts to the basket, opening up space for OKC against the relatively solid defense of the Clippers. 

Indeed, Wiggins proved his value in the Thunder with his performance despite the loss. 

Micic and Wiggins proved that staying ready helps their personal cause and boosts the team’s ceiling. 

The young Thunder crew needs guys like Micic and Wiggins to contribute when on the floor as the season progresses to more and more pressure-packed games.