The Thunder got killed in this one, losing by 30 points. The final score was 102-132 and it definitely wasn’t really close either. Despite this, we saw some very good games from the Thunder side of things. This is the Thunder VS. Timberwolves recap.
Isaiah Roby Performance
Roby has been a revelation in recent weeks because of his increased usage and starting spot. This game was no different, as he accounted for 15 points, four boards, four assists, three steals and just one turnover on 5/9 from the field, 1/4 from three and 4/8 from the line. The only issue with this is the mediocre free-throw shooting. He is shooting just 68% from the line over the last month. However, he is averaging a healthy 12.1 points, 0.9 threes, 5.6 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks on 50% from the field. Over the last two weeks, he has gotten more minutes, averaging 15.3 points, 1.2 threes, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks on 56% from the field and 74% from the line. Due to the season-ending injuries to Lu Dort, Mike Muscala and Ty Jerome are all out for the rest of the year and Derrick Favors isn’t threatening in any way so expect Roby to have a big finish this season.
Lindy Waters III performance
Waters is a fairly new addition to the tanking Thunder this season. This game, put up eight points, four boards, three dimes and a steal on 3/12 shooting and 2/10 from three. The young forward is obviously not scared to let the ball fly as he launched ten threes. He’s still learning to adjust to the NBA, so he isn’t going to be lighting it up every night. Over the last two weeks, he’s been averaging 7.4 points, three boards, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks on 38% from the field. He’s averaging two threes a game as well. He’s going to keep playing for this bad squad so expect him to develop further down the stretch.
Aaron Wiggins Performance
Wiggins had a phenomenal game this time. He finished with a line of 25 points, nine boards, five assists, one steal and three turnovers on 9/19 from the field, 5/8 from three and 2/3 from the line. Wiggins has been playing very well lately, averaging 11 points, 1.6 threes, 4.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.2 turnovers on 52% from the field and 75% from the line over the last two weeks. This game was a masterpiece of his and it was nice to see from an OKC fan perspective. Expect him to continue playing good minutes on a bad squad.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Performance
Gilgeous-Alexander finally proved that he is human and that’s an understatement. He put up just eight points, three rebounds, eight dimes, one steal and four turnovers on just 2/15 from the field, 0/4 from three and 4/4 from the line. This game was definitely a far cry from his other recent games. Over the last month, he has been averaging a hefty 30.1 points, 1.5 threes, 5.9 boards, 7.8 assists, two steals, 0.8 blocks and 4.9 turnovers a game on 53% from the field and 78% from the line. It was just one game, so expect the alpha dog on this squad to go off in the next one. Hopefully, he doesn’t get rested as much down the stretch.