The Oklahoma City Thunder were able to finish off their road trip with a win over the struggling Cavs and return to OKC 1-2 on the three-game road swing. In this game, the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to overcome a ten-point deficit early and turn this into a blow-out win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beyond the win, and the matchup itself, this was one of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s last opportunities to prove he is an NBA All-Star. With NBA coaches voting on reserves on Monday, SGA made a statement for them to take with them when picking out their All-Stars. Mark Daigneault summed it up best when he said postgame “I feel like we have the best player on the court almost every time I walk off the floor, I felt that way tonight.”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander poured in 31-points on 15 shot attempts, bouncing back from the rare ineffective night that he had against the Bucks, SGA was nothing short of phenomenal. While SGA dished out nine assists and hauled in four rebounds, the big eye-grabber from his box score beyond the points is his free-throw attempts. The Thunder’s future All-Star got to the line 12 times in this contest. Free Throw attempts are what separate good scorers from great ones. SGA is already crafty at getting to the line before having that all-star or superstar level respect from the refs, the possibilities for SGA are endless.
In a game billed around the two young guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Collin Sexton, it did not disappoint. Sexton exploded for 27-points, five rebounds, and three assists. These two were as good as advertised and once again remains everyone how deep the talent pool is in the NBA. The league is in a great spot.
Hamidou Diallo was nothing short of incredible in this game, for more on Diallo, Muscala, Theo Maledon, the bench unit, and comparing this Thunder organization with the Cavs organization listen to Locked on Thunder!