OKC Thunder fall in Portland with little bright spots

The Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday, and the Thunder were short-handed. Missing star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, young forward Darius Bazley, defensive superstar Lu Dort, Mike Muscala, and Al Horford. In this game, Isaiah Roby and Josh Hall each suffered concussions to join the aforementioned injured group.

Not a ton of bright spots for the OKC Thunder, who lost by 48-points to the Portland Trailblazers, after being blown out by the Suns on Friday. The Oklahoma City Thunder could not rekindle their Friday magic on Saturday.

After recording-setting nights by their rookies, Aleksej Pokusevski and Theo Maledon, the pair combined for 15 points, eight and seven respectively on poor shooting numbers.

However, no one’s numbers looked great for the most part. The lone bright spots come in the form of Kenrich Williams and Tony Bradley, with a decent showing from Moses Brown.

Kenrich Williams and Tony Bradley brought stability, while the young teammates were floundering in “one of those games” Bradley and Williams tried to right the ship and continued to make the smart basketball play.

Tony Bradley has quietly been good for the OKC Thunder, pouring in nine points a game with good rebounding numbers off the pine for OKC. In this game, Bradley earned 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out two assists, with a steal and a block.

The former-76er showed his basketball IQ in this game, his game is very smooth, fluid, and fundamentally sound. While his highlight tape will never generate a million views on Youtube, there is a much-needed role for a “know what you are going to get” veteran. Someone who you forget about, turning into background noise because they are so reliable.

Kenrich Williams followed suit with his normal high-energy scrappy defensive, along with his current trend of becoming an effective shooter out of nowhere.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will begin their biggest stretch of the season when it comes to tanking on Monday, as they play host to the Detroit Pistons.

Rylan Stiles

Rylan Stiles is the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast, a media member with the Thunder and the NBA, and Founder of BricktownBuckets.com.

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