Five takeaways from the Thunder's loss to the Pacers
The Pacers dealt the Thunder a 111-85 loss Tuesday night in Indianapolis. It was OKC’s most lopsided defeat of the season. Here are five takeaways:
The Thunder laid brick after brick at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
OKC shot 35.8 percent from the field and 6-of-25 (24 percent) from 3-point range. The Thunder missed all seven of its corner 3-point attempts and shot 30 percent from outside the paint.
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OKC's point guard trio — Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder — combined to shoot 8-of-28 (29 percent).
It was the Thunder’s worst overall shooting performance of the season.
Steven Adams (5-of-8) was the only Thunder player who shot north of 50 percent.
Three of Indiana’s key players (Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner and Jeremy Lamb) are hurt and didn’t play Tuesday night, but even the hobbled Pacers had a big three.
Former Thunder Domantas Sabonis, T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon combined for 61 points on 55 percent shooting.
Warren and Brogdon were offseason additions for the Pacers.
Regular starting small forward Terrance Ferguson didn’t make the trip to Indianapolis for personal reasons. His absence left the Thunder with a shortage of reliable wings.
Hamidou Diallo drew his fourth career start in Ferguson’s place, but he picked up his second foul with 4:06 left in the first quarter. Diallo was replaced by Abdel Nader, who had only played in four games coming into Tuesday night.
Diallo and Nader combined for eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. Nader turned the ball over three times and missed repeatedly at the rim.
Thunder two-way player Devon Hall made his NBA debut.
The 24-year-old guard out of Virginia was good on his first and only field goal attempt, a hanging layup with 5:55 left in the fourth quarter.
Hall played four seasons at Virginia under coach Tony Bennett. Hall was a 39 percent 3-point shooter in college. He shot 42 percent from three in the G League last season.
Free throw shooting
Newfound success from the free throw line was the only positive for the Thunder. OKC shot 21-of-24 (87.5 percent) from the foul line. Danilo Gallinari made all eight of his attempts.
OKC entered the night 21st in the NBA with a 74.3 percent mark from the foul line.