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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Game is different with Isaiah Joe’s shooting

Isaiah Joe has been crucial to the OKC Thunder's growth and success. His shooting may have changed the shooting landscape of the team since he was with the Thunder. 

Joe showed it again versus the Clippers, hitting the three that gave the Thunder a one-point lead in the fourth quarter. Although that shot proved useless with the loss, his presence on the court opened so much up in the Thunder’s offense. 

Joe made five threes on six attempts and had 15 points. It also came with six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Joe’s value has been astronomical for the Thunder. His shooting gravity allows drivers to drive in the lane and get to the paint. His activity off the ball also changed defensive dynamics to disrupt their rhythm. Sometimes, his hustle pays off, too. 

He was an integral part of the Thunder, so having him shoot this efficiently can change the team's game at any moment. 

His defense has also been somewhat overlooked, as he fights well on screens and defends perimeter players better than most have given him credit for. 

Joe proves his worth once again for the Thunder. His shooting performances could be a barometer of success for the team. 

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