Great win last night. Sure wish Oladipo could have consistently played like that for the Thunder last season.
Jeremy Lambert (Thunderous Intentions) would like to remind you the sky is not falling in regards to the Thunder: “We’re one week into the NBA season and the OKC Thunder sit at 2-2. Not a bad record, but given the firepower on the squad, most fans probably hoped for better. And it could be 3-1 if not for an Andrew Wiggins buzzer beater, so the sky isn’t exactly falling. That’s the theme for this column: the sky is not falling. Neither is Paul George’s shot, Russell Westbrook’s free throws or Andre Roberson’s anything.”
Royce Young (ESPN) on Paul George’s struggles against his former team: “George then fouled out with 6:15 left in the fourth, with only 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting in 19 minutes. “That hasn’t happened often in my career,” George said of winning the game despite his struggles. “Fortunate to have those guys carry me. They knew how big this game was for me, and they went out and got it for me.”
Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on Russell Westbrook taking the game over despite Paul George’s foul trouble: “Westbrook’s second triple-double of the season didn’t have any of the forced feeling some of the record-breaking ones from last year did. It was merely within the evening’s flow. He found Adams at every opportunity. The 7-footer would screen for him and roll to the basket. He’d hang around the rim when his point guard was in a position to find him. He’d cut to the paint. It resembled the other times Adams, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, has impacted the offense this season.”
Tim Cato (SB Nation) on Paul George’s departure from Indiana and not being perceived as a leader: “Obviously, I’m human,” George told the Indy Star. “Things could have been done a lot better. The process, that whole ordeal could have been done a lot better. I’ll share some of that responsibility. But at the end of the day, I did what was best for myself, what was best for my family. I had to move on. It was the right decision for myself. I’m happy. I’m happy with what the results were.”
Berry Tramel on Steven Adams dominating old teammate Domantas Sabonis: “Thought to be an emerging star after the 2016 playoffs, Adams instead found his lane clogged like the Broadway Extension at 5:15. Kevin Durant’s departure meant defenses packed the paint like dry ice. There was little room for Adams to roll to the hoop and take lob passes from Westbrook. That’s all changed, as Adams showed Wednesday while abusing the Pacers, most notably old pal Domantas Sabonis, who was shipped to Indiana in the Paul George trade in June.”
Jeremy Lambert (The Step Back) on why everyone keeps hitting Steven Adams: “In the fourth game of his NBA career, Steven Adams was elbowed in the face by Vince Carter. And ever since then, people just can’t stop hitting the Oklahoma City Thunder center. This past weekend, Joe Ingles added his name to a list that includes Carter, Zach Randolph, Draymond Green, Jordan Hamilton, Hassan Whiteside, and others. All of those men have punched, kicked, or elbowed Adams in the face, chest, or groin. Adams has become three-quarters NBA center, one-quarter UFC fighter.”