Thunder journal: Thunder adjusts to Chris Paul resting in preseason finale
For the second consecutive preseason game, the Thunder rested veteran point guard Chris Paul.
The Thunder offense bounced back from a frantic performance two days earlier in a 124-119 loss to Memphis at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday. Instead, it was OKC's third quarter defense that let it down this time.
"Chris is not going to play 48 minutes, right?" Donovan said before the game. "So, when he is out there that's great, but when he's not, we still have to stay true to what we want to do. And I think Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) is more than capable of doing that. I think Dennis (Schroder) is more than capable of doing that. And I think for them, they're going to have to really, vocally and from a communicative standpoint, going to have to help some of those guys get to the right spots, get to the right timing and talk those guys through some things to help them."
Gilgeous-Alexander's three assists marked a preseason high for him. Schroder shot an efficient 2-of-4 from 3-point range.
Paul, 34, also rested in the Thunder's 107-70 loss to Dallas Monday. But on Wednesday, unlike two days before, center Steven Adams played.Hall fills in
With a shortage of Thunder guards, Devon Hall replaced Abdel Nader - who made his first start of the preseason -- with 3:49 left in the first quarter. Hall didn't take a shot until the second quarter. But when he did, he made three in a row.
Hall capped the streak with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Halfway through the second quarter, Thunder center Adams lost the ball under the net and went to the ground trying to regain possession. The loose ball bounced into OKC forward Danilo Gallinari 's hands, and he passed it to Hall. His catch-and shoot 3-pointer gave the Thunder a 43-39 lead.
If there were any questions about how important Steven Davis and Chris Paul are to the Oklahoma City offense, Monday's lackluster showing against the Mavericks answered them. Tied at 8 with 7:27 to play in the
DALLAS - Thunder wing Abdel Nader grabbed Hamidou Diallo by the shoulders, said a few words and gave them an encouraging pat. With sweat glistening on his forehead, Diallo headed to the bench midway through
Diallo 1-4 0-2 2, Gallinari 6-12 2-2 16, Noel 4-6 0-0 8, Schroder 1-10 1-2 4, Gilgeous-Alexander 7-16 2-2 16, Henry 0-1 0-0 0, Bazley 1-6 1-4 4, Nader 2-6 0-0 4, Muscala 0-1 1-1
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12:26 AM ET Tim MacMahonESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM TULSA -- Chris Paul, the president of the NBA's
Canadian-born NBA professional basketball player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played his rookie year (2018) in the league with the Los Angeles Clippers. He and his Clippers teammate, Italian-born Danilo Gallinari, were traded to the Oklahoma City
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