NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Thunder vs. Nuggets: Five takeaways from OKC's loss to Denver

Thunder coach Mark Daigneault called three timeouts in the first quarter. 

The first came at the 7:01 mark after the Nuggets built a 17-4 lead. 

“I actually didn’t call one really early because I just wanted to see us battle through that,” Daigneault said. “And then I certainly tried to help get the game under control a little bit.” 

The second timeout came at the 5:05 mark: 24-6 Nuggets. 

Then another at the 1:38 mark: 36-15 Nuggets. 

“I thought coach did a good job calling some early timeouts there and tried to gather us, remind us that it’s a 48-minute game,” center Mike Muscala said. 

But the stoppages did little to ice Denver’s offense. The Nuggets shot 70% in the first quarter and 6-of-8 from behind the arc. 

“They were really sharp to start the game,” Daigneault said. “I give them a lot of credit tonight, because they were really good in all facets and certainly outplayed us. I thought that was obvious.” 

The Nuggets led 38-20 at the end of the first quarter, and that 18-point cushion only grew as the Nuggets blew out the Thunder 126-96 Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. 

Here are four other takeaways from the game: 

Denver’s stars shine

Michael Porter Jr. came out cooking, and he never cooled off. Denver’s sharpshooting forward was 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range for 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic continued his MVP-worthy season with a triple-double: 19 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds. 

Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting. 

Denver’s starters combined to shoot 63%. 

Bench shows up 

The Thunder trailed 65-43 at halftime. It would’ve been worse had it not been for the bench. 

The Thunder’s reserves outscored the Thunder’s starters 24-19 in the first half, and they outscored Denver’s bench unit 24-4 in the first half. 

The bench disparity continued into the second half. The Thunder won the bench battle 52-33. 

Backup big man Isaiah Roby had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Ty Jerome also had 15 points off the bench and Kenrich Williams had 12 points and five rebounds. 

For Jerome, 15 points tied his career high. And it came in just his second game with the Thunder

“Just chip away, don’t even look at the score,” Jerome said of the bench’s mindset.

Bazley’s back-to-back 

Darius Bazley shot 0-of-8 Wednesday night against the Spurs. It was his first scoreless game of the season. 

But Bazley turned things around during the weekend back-to-back. 

He tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds Friday night against the Hawks, and he led the Thunder with a season-high 22 points Saturday night. 

“He’s learning how to become a consistent player and what that looks like for him and what type of style of play is sustainable for him,” Daigneault said. “I thought he brought that energy again tonight.” 

The second-year forward offered an introspective answer at what a sustainable style of play looks like for him. 

“You’re gonna have nights where you feel like you’re on top of the world,” Bazley said, “and then you’ll have nights where you just wanna like not show your face to anyone.” 

Bazley said he’s focused on the controllables: running the floor, rebounding and defending. 

“Now I know it’s not always gonna look perfect,” Bazley said. “I definitely have more room to grow. But coming into each game with that mindset of getting those three things done. I have no control of if the ball is going in, if I’m finishing around the rim. I might struggle. But having those key set of things that I can always rely on every night, I think those things will help me. Over time as I keep getting more experience, I think the other things will come.” 

3-point gap

The Thunder shot just 11-of-47 (23%) from behind the arc. 

Denver cashed in from deep. The Nuggets were 15-of-31 (48%). 

Related Photos
Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) goes to the basket as Denver's Nikola Jokic (15) defends during a NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, , Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) goes to the basket as Denver's Nikola Jokic (15) defends during a NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, , Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8302070db3c5aade437faaea01227e25.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) goes to the basket as Denver's Nikola Jokic (15) defends during a NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, , Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) goes to the basket as Denver's Nikola Jokic (15) defends during a NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, , Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) goes to the basket as Denver's Nikola Jokic (15) defends during a NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, , Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-baddde47530c7eb2dba339ca9eb7ff4d.jpg" alt="Photo - The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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="The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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>The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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/r960-8a002986e1211e1ee00adb57f48d06eb.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) shoots as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) and Luka Samanic (19) defends during 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) shoots as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) and Luka Samanic (19) defends during 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) shoots as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) and Luka Samanic (19) defends during 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-a17ab1d8e1d326df6cad3eea2e26561f.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) reacts after a 3-point basket in the first quarter during 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) reacts after a 3-point basket in the first quarter during 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) reacts after a 3-point basket in the first quarter during 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/r960-0b5fa4fdd12b97195fb50b20f1bb9b3e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) defends against San Antonio's Trey Lyles (41) in the first quarter during 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) defends against San Antonio's Trey Lyles (41) in the first quarter during 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) defends against San Antonio's Trey Lyles (41) in the first quarter during 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/r960-8d777f4fa7f19ffb9a950c462efacc1b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes up for a basket as San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends during 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 up for a basket as San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends during 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 up for a basket as San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends during 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/r960-32ed57c22b8336281ef2f610de9c0dc9.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) defends as San Antonio's Trey Lyles (41) goes up for a basket in the first quarter during 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 Darius Bazley (7) defends as San Antonio's Trey Lyles (41) goes up for a basket in the first quarter during 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 Darius Bazley (7) defends as San Antonio's Trey Lyles (41) goes up for a basket in the first quarter during 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/r960-06d94f9a5a1ae8fd022590061fa11978.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) reacts after hitting the game winning 3-point 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) reacts after hitting the game winning 3-point 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) reacts after hitting the game winning 3-point 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-d09a2014b8cbaf399995a44f079eb95f.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) celebrates his winning 3-point basket with Darius Bazley (7) at the end of 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) celebrates his winning 3-point basket with Darius Bazley (7) at the end of 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) celebrates his winning 3-point basket with Darius Bazley (7) at the end of 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/r960-021ce259ee54b0a54ac6be2bf8ae9ce4.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Justin Jackson (44) reacts after a 3-point basket in the first quarter during 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 Justin Jackson (44) reacts after a 3-point basket in the first quarter during 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 Justin Jackson (44) reacts after a 3-point basket in the first quarter during 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-a8eb3b1cca3035dc06cbcfdc07e8bf9f.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) celebrates his winning 3-point basket with Darius Bazley (7) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) at the end of 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) celebrates his winning 3-point basket with Darius Bazley (7) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) at the end of 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) celebrates his winning 3-point basket with Darius Bazley (7) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) at the end of 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/r960-1d38a21c1179a13abf3dda0d4002fa5e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) tries to get around San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) in the second 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) tries to get around San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) in the second 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) tries to get around San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) in the second 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/r960-9289f934757a3f88d411373c923e10c6.jpg" alt="Photo - The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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="The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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>The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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-baddde47530c7eb2dba339ca9eb7ff4d.jpg" alt="Photo - The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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="The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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>The Thunder celebrate the winning 3-point basket by Luguentz Dort (5) 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/r960-6b841fe87bd78e3f2aadbe88b4451100.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes up for a lay up in between San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1), Dejounte Murray (5) and LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the second 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 up for a lay up in between San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1), Dejounte Murray (5) and LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the second 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 up for a lay up in between San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1), Dejounte Murray (5) and LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the second 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-da5f838ec5761e6d6ae9d8100edf1dfc.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a basket in the first quarter during 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 Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a basket in the first quarter during 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 Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a basket in the first quarter during 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/r960-9fe4a1a5151b7febd738d09586dbb02d.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a dunk during 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 Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a dunk during 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 Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a dunk during 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/r960-3521f8c31b7866c9b7223f30752a09e1.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) tries to get around San Antonio's Tre Jones (33) 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) tries to get around San Antonio's Tre Jones (33) 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) tries to get around San Antonio's Tre Jones (33) 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-c8aa2bfd20711fe861ec0924d6095255.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) defends against San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) 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 Isaiah Roby (22) defends against San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) 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 Isaiah Roby (22) defends against San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) 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/r960-7c712dd2fef31d08ee85a5268dc16c8e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) passes the ball around San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) 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 Isaiah Roby (22) passes the ball around San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) 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 Isaiah Roby (22) passes the ball around San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) 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/r960-0e18a6377217fe63d5a1801c9ba1ad0e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket as San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during 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) goes to the basket as San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during 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) goes to the basket as San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during 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/r960-73185a6a3b154c3e068e207816fc6c8b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) looks to get around San Antonio's Keita Bates-Diop (31) 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) looks to get around San Antonio's Keita Bates-Diop (31) 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) looks to get around San Antonio's Keita Bates-Diop (31) 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-fa4dd7149c9482a965f2f0af7b5351b8.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) goes up for a basket as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) defends in the second 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) goes up for a basket as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) defends in the second 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) goes up for a basket as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) defends in the second 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/r960-9b0168e7f15e16de329997824f9a39ac.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 ›

Comments