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'He’s gonna mesh well': Ty Jerome's Thunder debut a few months in the making but worth the wait

Ty Jerome went down in the first hour of the first day of practice in Thunder training camp.

Jerome’s legs got caught underneath a teammate who dove on the floor, and an MRI revealed that Jerome suffered a high ankle sprain in his left ankle.

“I didn’t know how long it was gonna be at first,” Jerome told The Oklahoman. “I thought it was gonna be like a few weeks.”

But Jerome’s Thunder debut was delayed a few months, until Friday night, when the second-year guard played 22 minutes off the bench and recorded one of the best performances of his young NBA career.

Jerome scored nine points, tied a career high with seven assists and pulled down a career-high five rebounds in the Thunder’s 118-109 win against the Hawks.

“Just the way we play is an easy way to fit in,” Jerome said after the game. “The ball’s constantly moving, if you’ve got a shot you shoot it and everybody competes hard and we’ve got a great group of guys.”

Jerome had four assists in his first five minutes. His first basket with the Thunder was on an easy layup at the rim.

“Ty’s a basketball player,” Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said. “And by that I mean, you could stick him anywhere with any lineup, he’s gonna mesh well. He can shoot, pass, put it on the floor — do so many things that it’s easy for him to blend in and look good. You guys saw that tonight.”

Jerome was playing for the OKC Blue in the G League bubble just a few days ago. After missing all of training camp, playing for the Blue was basically a rehab assignment for Jerome to ramp up physically.

He averaged 12.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in nine games for the Blue before the Thunder called him up on Thursday.

When asked about the timing of the call up, Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said it was directly related to the groin injury Hamidou Diallo suffered Wednesday night against the Spurs. Diallo could be out through the rest of the first half, which ends Thursday.

The 6-foot-5 Jerome plays the same combo-guard role as Diallo, and both are from New York, but their games look nothing alike. Diallo has blow-by speed and is often the most athletic player on the floor. Jerome plays at a more deliberate pace — just as his college offense did at Virginia.

After suffering an historic first-round upset to Maryland-Baltimore County in his sophomore year, Jerome helped lead the Cavaliers to a national championship in his junior season. Virginia beat OU 63-51 in the second round of that run.

Jerome declared for the 2019 NBA Draft after his junior season, and he landed with Phoenix at the 24th pick as part of a draft-night trade.

Jerome averaged 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in his rookie season with the Suns. The 23-year-old was then dealt to Oklahoma City last November as part of the Chris Paul trade.

On Friday night, fans finally got a look at Jerome in a Thunder uniform — actually, two uniforms.

Daigneault described Jerome’s path back from injury as a testament to the organization’s development plan.

“And the best part about it is it wasn’t easy,” Daigneault said. “Most of the credit goes to Ty because he’s the one doing the work, but that’s the type of stuff that as a program we take a ton of pride in.”

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<strong>Ty Jerome made his season debut with the Thunder on Friday night in a 118-109 win against the Hawks. The former Virginia star scored nine points in 22 minutes. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Ty Jerome made his season debut with the Thunder on Friday night in a 118-109 win against the Hawks. The former Virginia star scored nine points in 22 minutes. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9b0168e7f15e16de329997824f9a39ac.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a 3-point basket at San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a 3-point basket at San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a 3-point basket at San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-85a24325530f145f64f6f2b8ed0da0fa.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) celebrates a San Antonio turnover in fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) celebrates a San Antonio turnover in fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) celebrates a San Antonio turnover in fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-af91886a030ee04fff7dc516d53449bd.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) forces a jump ball with San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (5) of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) forces a jump ball with San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (5) of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) forces a jump ball with San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (5) of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6e282cf054e11c1f57f0361874eddea0.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9fc01d5db5d7c58cbd23f464cfc08b95.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8e4a770d23b7014a59da98369caf31f7.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2cea2daee51a63d4c079b523cfc57f75.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and Theo Maledon (11) celebrate with Darius Bazley (7) after a dunk during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and Theo Maledon (11) celebrate with Darius Bazley (7) after a dunk during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and Theo Maledon (11) celebrate with Darius Bazley (7) after a dunk during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-94b38dd20906a6cd0732a73d68c71a01.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) shoots from between Atlanta's John Collins (20) and Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) shoots from between Atlanta's John Collins (20) and Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) shoots from between Atlanta's John Collins (20) and Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ce512b6749080259d1e86055d3e273ae.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) changes direction as Atlanta's Skylar Mays (4) defends during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) changes direction as Atlanta's Skylar Mays (4) defends during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) changes direction as Atlanta's Skylar Mays (4) defends during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5c0c8078b3e0885b7befa8e726c79167.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) makes a 3-pointer over Atlanta's Rajon Rondo (7) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) makes a 3-pointer over Atlanta's Rajon Rondo (7) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) makes a 3-pointer over Atlanta's Rajon Rondo (7) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6714d60d35c4c36f870aa2dc609e88da.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-dce9ea7a144d1c62b2d551ea5faa38ba.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Theo Maledon (11) and Isaiah Roby (22) go for a rebound beside Atlanta's Clint Capela (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Theo Maledon (11) and Isaiah Roby (22) go for a rebound beside Atlanta's Clint Capela (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Theo Maledon (11) and Isaiah Roby (22) go for a rebound beside Atlanta's Clint Capela (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d0477181cd1d51e9126c7cbe765be86a.jpg" alt="Photo - during an NBA basketball game between Oklahoma City's Kenrich Williams (34) passes the ball as Atlanta's Solomon Hill (18) and Kevin Huerter (3) defend during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="during an NBA basketball game between Oklahoma City's Kenrich Williams (34) passes the ball as Atlanta's Solomon Hill (18) and Kevin Huerter (3) defend during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>during an NBA basketball game between Oklahoma City's Kenrich Williams (34) passes the ball as Atlanta's Solomon Hill (18) and Kevin Huerter (3) defend during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-30b5ced424984179b50e43e4c2878fa1.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) puts up a shot during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) puts up a shot during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) puts up a shot during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c97f62a6f19e650dcae4fd6f2bc00196.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Theo Maledon (11) goes to the basket past Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Theo Maledon (11) goes to the basket past Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Theo Maledon (11) goes to the basket past Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ffb4f30168f685e86e7a8f9555bb9c29.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) puts up a shot beside Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) puts up a shot beside Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) puts up a shot beside Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6ddcb0046331015bfa66b7b15c027f89.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) gestures after making a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) gestures after making a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) gestures after making a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6a65749ab360331766f04f418844fa21.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) puts up a shot beside Atlanta's Clint Capela (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) puts up a shot beside Atlanta's Clint Capela (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) puts up a shot beside Atlanta's Clint Capela (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c21d872f96a627b35e36e8015a28b7eb.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) gestures after making a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) gestures after making a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) gestures after making a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3de19b32a2a880908dd27a2efd61583c.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) defends Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) defends Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) defends Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2fe7ad150b1b1bb241f1ef94366471a7.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes past Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes past Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes past Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a1f77bb244b3e7d22e90fc044d6d0fe5.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball beside Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball beside Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball beside Atlanta's John Collins (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3bf0b1523450f2bbba276bf501c03a82.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball beside Isaiah Roby (22), Atlanta's John Collins (20), Danilo Gallinari (8) and Kevin Huerter (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball beside Isaiah Roby (22), Atlanta's John Collins (20), Danilo Gallinari (8) and Kevin Huerter (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) dunks the ball beside Isaiah Roby (22), Atlanta's John Collins (20), Danilo Gallinari (8) and Kevin Huerter (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1f4f7f1428a9ebacd2745e28b50b48da.jpg" alt="Photo - Atlanta's Trae Young (11) grabs his leg after a timeout was called during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Atlanta's Trae Young (11) grabs his leg after a timeout was called during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Atlanta's Trae Young (11) grabs his leg after a timeout was called during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-33e42871bee7d04b80c2e8c65ad64948.jpg" alt="Photo - Atlanta's Rajon Rondo (7) dives for the ball between Oklahoma City's Ty Jerome (16) and Mike Muscala (33) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Atlanta's Rajon Rondo (7) dives for the ball between Oklahoma City's Ty Jerome (16) and Mike Muscala (33) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Atlanta's Rajon Rondo (7) dives for the ball between Oklahoma City's Ty Jerome (16) and Mike Muscala (33) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a8a8df0b1d92ad8887d979841615e949.jpg" alt="Photo - Atlanta's Danilo Gallinari (8) puts up a shot beside Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) and Luguentz Dort (5) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Atlanta's Danilo Gallinari (8) puts up a shot beside Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) and Luguentz Dort (5) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Atlanta's Danilo Gallinari (8) puts up a shot beside Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) and Luguentz Dort (5) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-32a3f0ae7fd360f9d769204ca82e7998.jpg" alt="Photo - Atlanta's Trae Young (11) passes the ball around Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Atlanta's Trae Young (11) passes the ball around Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Atlanta's Trae Young (11) passes the ball around Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e479d78d96bc5273611827ef9fc01b69.jpg" alt="Photo - Atlanta's Trae Young (11) leaps into the bench area during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Atlanta's Trae Young (11) leaps into the bench area during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Atlanta's Trae Young (11) leaps into the bench area during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2df2e1e7ae3357143253a4764bcc2b59.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City gathers before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City gathers before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City gathers before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-62dcc7b9ef49c81bd1c122e0f5f623fd.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes past Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes past Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes past Atlanta's Trae Young (11) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The Thunder won 118-109. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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