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Three things from Oklahoma City’s first preseason game

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While the Thunder took a loss on Tuesday evening in Tulsa to the Houston Rockets 104-97, the debut of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in their Thunder uniforms lived up to the hype. The Rockets hit tons of threes but for the Thunder, there were some things that stuck out. Here are three things I saw:

Melo looked like old school Melo

While it was only a half of a preseason game, Carmelo Anthony found his rhythm early and was efficient. He went on streaks of hitting three and four shots in a row. His ability to find the rim really was a flashback to his time in Denver. Oklahoma City can be in a great spot if we see this on the regular. It’s unknown if that’s going to happen but if it does, look out league.

Anthony finished 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from deep. If it wasn’t for Anthony, the Thunder would have been in such a bigger hole. His four shots in a row in the second quarter, closed a 12-point deficit down to a six.

Isaiah Canaan fits well

The kid who dropped 31 points against Oklahoma City shot well and was one of the rare bench performances where the bench was obsolete at times. Canaan was 2-of-4 from deep and was a ball full of energy. Imagine JJ Barea but not nearly as annoying.

It’s going to be a long shot if he makes the roster. While Oklahoma City loves keeping three point guards on the roster, there is Semaj Christon, who did not play tonight, and Raymond Felton. Canaan will need some more performances like this one to make this roster.

Andre’s shot is still broken

The best part is Andre Roberson doesn’t have to shoot a lot. While Roberson was 1-of-2 from the field, his only miss was a horrible miss.

He’s going to need to be better if he’s going to be a quality starter. If Roberson goes to the bench, he’s essentially useless on this team. His defense is the main part of why he’s starting. He’s one of the best perimeter defenders in the association. However, he’s completely the opposite when it comes to three-point shooting.

After all, this is one game and really one shot. It’s the first preseason game of the season. So, there is literally no lower he can go and should improve drastically as the preseason continues.

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