The Thunder have lost their fourth straight game against the Jazz on Wednesday night. They lost 104-110 and while it was another close game, they couldn’t bring their home crowd a W. Not that it’s imperative that they win, seeing a win is always nice. Let’s get to the stats from the OKC roster and their overall performances.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl Performance
Robinson-Earl had a second straight double-double: 13 points, 10 boards, four dimes and a pristine 3/4 from the three-point line. He also shot 5/10 from the field and only had one turnover to his name in the process. Robinson-Earl is quickly rising the rookie rankings due to his mature game, defensive presence and his beautiful three-point shooting. The center position is very weak in OKC as Derrick Favors and Mike Muscala are clearly going to be out of the rotation very soon. Robinson-Earl is going to be their man going forward as this team will allow him to keep developing. He is so much fun to watch and he’s only getting better as the season progresses.
Lu Dort Performance
Watch out for another Dort Alert! Dort had a fantastic game, going for 27 points, three boards, three assists and a steal on 8/19 shooting, 5/13 from three and 6/8 from the free-throw line. It wasn’t the most efficient game but his aggression was on full display tonight. There’s not much else to say about Dort as he’s going to be one of the main focal points on this team. Another couple of years or so and this man will be making All-Star teams hopefully. All signs point to him having another fantastic finish to this season.
Darius Bazley Performance
The biggest improvement this year from Bazley is his defense as he snagged a steal and blocked three more shots in this game. He had a pretty pedestrian day from the offensive end, however as he went for eight points on 3/7 shooting, 1/3 from three and 1/2 from the line. He rounded out his line with one assist and eight rebounds. Bazley has had some very rough games this year and he’s actually averaging career-lows in FG, FT and 3-PT %’s (36% from the field, 58% from the line and 27% from three). Maybe at some point, he’ll get it together but it’s too early to not think so. Hopefully, he fixes it soon.
Josh Giddey Performance
Giddey flirted with yet another triple-double, going for 19 points, seven boards and eight dimes on 3/4 threes and 8/15 shooting. Giddey looks too good to be a rookie and he’s giving everyone a glimpse of his unreal potential. In terms of his path and how he’s playing, his playstyle is very similar to fellow second-year player Lamelo Ball. Everyone knows how good Ball is so having your own version of him on your own team is extremely exciting. Giddey has a non-existent ceiling and watching him play this good is very nice. Expect him to be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Although he has a chance, he does have to beat out Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes and Cade Cunningham but he still has a very real shot at getting it.