The following article is a Thunder vs. Clippers recap: Chalk this one up as another W for the Thunder. Another nail-biter, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hit the go-ahead shot that eventually gave them the win. This game showed a lot of fans the promise that this club displays. This is a Thunder vs. Clippers recap.
Josh Giddey Performance
Giddey had the game of his career against the Clips. Despite the poor shooting (4/14 from the field and 0/1 from three), he had a nice stat-line. He finished with a line of eight points, a career-high 18 boards, ten assists and four turnovers. The lack of defensive stats was kind of disappointing but considering the guy put up a ridiculous rebounding number and had ten assists to go along with it, it’s completely okay. Giddey is going to be a triple-double machine in his career. Not only that, but he’s going to be a perennial all-star player for this club.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Performance
Alexander hit the game-winning shot for the boys in Blue and Orange. He finished with a line of 18 points, three boards and six assists and a steal on 8/16 shooting and 2/5 from three. There’s not much else to say about Alexander at this point. He’s going to be an all-star in the future along with Giddey. It’s not clear what the plans for Alexander are going to be in future; he could be traded or he could leave to join a winning team. Nevertheless, he’s going to be a major cog in the machine that is OKC.
Darius Bazley Performance
Bazley came off the bench for the first time this season and he produced a line of ten points, two boards and two swats. The efficiency was nowhere to be seen yet again, as he went 3/8 from the field, 1/3 from three and 3/5 from the line. Bazley has shown major strides on defense this year and the same cannot be said about his offense. Despite coming off the bench behind Aaron Wiggins, he produced a much better line. Wiggins had five points, three boards, one assist and one block on 2/3 shooting in only 18 and a half minutes. Bazley shouldn’t be coming off the bench for too much longer but it could stick as it can help him work on his offensive game against second units.
Tre Mann Performance
Mann had a nice game, going for eleven points, three boards, one assist and a block on 4/8 shooting from the field and 3/3 from three. Mann is looking like a fun and aggressive scorer. Over the last month, Mann has put up ten points, 2.4 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks a game on 41% shooting from the field and 83% from the line. He’s also averaging 1.6 three pointers a game. Mann doesn’t do a whole lot other score but he still looks like he can be spark-plug in this league.
Lu Dort Performance
Dort had yet another fantastic game, going for 29 points, five boards, one assist and two steals. He shot a blistering 12/19 from the field, 4/8 from three and 1/1 from the line. Dort is blossoming into a legitimate two-way player right before our eyes. He doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, unless it’s because he gets rested by his coaches. Dort will more than likely be joining all-defensive game in the future.