The Thunder lost in another heartbreaking fashion just like last game, by three. The final score was 110-113 and although it was a loss, the game featured multiple good performances from the boys in blue and orange. Here is the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers recap.
Darius Bazley Performance
Bazley finally had a good all-around game. He finished with a solid line of 14 points, three boards, one assist, one steal and two swats on 5/7 from the field, 2/2 from the three-point line and 2/2 from the line. Bazley had gotten a bit better this last month but his averages have been pretty quiet: 9.0 points, 5.6 boards, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game on 41% from the field and 89% from the line. His efficiency has gotten much better ever since he got moved to the bench. Hopefully, he can keep this kind of production up. He’s only going to get more opportunities as the season winds down once some players get moved.
Lu Dort Performance
Dort had an extremely good game offensively, going for 27 points, eight boards, four dimes and two steals on 10/16 from the field, 3/9 from three, and 4/4 from the line. He had it going tonight and with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander getting injured, he’s only going to have more opportunities to shine on offense. Dort needs to work on his efficiency but other than that, he’s got the greenest of lights. Expect him to be a beast until after the all-star break when Alexander potentially returns.
Josh Giddey Performance
Giddey finally had a good game tonight. He went for 15 points, ten boards, five dimes and a steal on 7/15 from the field and 1/6 from three. Giddey had been struggling over the last few weeks with averages of 12 points, 8.2 boards, five assists, 0.7 steals and 0.0 blocks a game on sub-40% from the field and 50% from the line. Not to mention he’s averaging three turnovers per game during this span. It was nice to see him turn it around and hopefully, he can keep it going in Alexander’s absence. Giddey is still in contention for ROTY so he’ll get it figured it sooner than later.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl Performance
Robinson-Earl, unfortunately, had another quiet night. He went for seven points, six boards, one steal and one block on 3/9 from the field, 0/3 from three and 1/1 from the line. He’s been pretty quiet this year besides from the occasional outburst. Over the last month, he’s been putting in averages of 6.3 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, one steal and 0.6 blocks a game on a putrid 34% from the field and 86% from the line. The averages aren’t very good but he’s been a steady contributor for this club for pretty much the whole season. As much as everyone wants him to get 30 minutes a night on a consistent basis, it just won’t happen right now. There are too many mouths to feed in this rotation. However, once the Thunder make some moves that benefit Earl, maybe he can up his production.