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5 thoughts from the Peake

The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-113 on Sunday, Oct. 22. Andrew Wiggins hit a 30-foot buzzer beater seconds after Carmelo Anthony hit a three-pointer to give Oklahoma City the lead. However, the Thunder fall to 1-2 on the season and Minnesota improves to 2-1.

Raymond Felton the firefighter?

Did you know Raymond Felton is a firefighter? Yesterday when OKC was struggling to put their offense together it was Felton who came off the bench and was able to get the offense going putting eight points off the bench. Today when the Thunder were struggling to get the offense going while the Wolves were putting a run together it was Felton who came in and put the fire out an got the offense started scoring 10 first-half points off the bench.

Westbrook to Adams might be the best relationship in the NBA

 Westbrook pass to Adams might be the best play In basketball. How many Thunder games do you see a play where Adams comes over to set a screen for Westbrook who goes to the hoop then Adams rolls to the basket. Westbrook either throws a no-look bounce pass for an Adams dunk, or Westbrook throws a lob to a rolling Adams who throws down a dunk. Its what gets the Thunder offense cooking which in turn gets the home crowd on their feet which gives the five on the floor momentum and can quickly help get a 13-2 run going when the Thunder need it. Westbrook to Adams is the best on court relationship in basketball and is essential to the Thunder offense.

Please Russell never change

The fourth quarter is Westbrook time. You go back and watch all of last season. When the fourth quarter would come around, everyone stepped back and let the greatness of Russell Westbrook happen. Tonight felt different, yet it was still the same Westbrook who played eight minutes, scoring 15 points, one rebound and three assists going 6-of-9 shooting. Including 3-of-5 from three at 60 percent. It was the last 30 seconds that was different.

Westbrook hit a clutch three-pointer to tie the game then Anthony Towns showed his phenomenal talent scoring a tough two-pointer to put the Wolves back up then something different happened. Westbrook got the inbound ball now last season he would shot a three-pointer, but this season the game asked Westbrook to pass, so Westbrook assisted Carmelo Anthony who hit the clutch three to put Oklahoma City up with eight seconds left. Andrew Wiggins would go on to hit a clutch game-winning buzzer beater, but it was Westbrook that showed he will always do what the game asks of him if Westbrook needs to hit the game winner he will do it if the game asks of him to pass the ball he will and that will never change.

With consistent minutes Josh Huestis can be good

Josh Huestis has been asked to do a lot by the organization, and Huestis has earned every minute he gets. Because of an unfortunate injury in warm-ups to Terence Ferguson Huestis received a boost in minutes, and he looked good getting two blocks, four rebounds, and an assist. Huestis didn’t set the world on fire what he did do is show he brings something to this team on defense with his outstanding blocks and ability to hit a three Huestis could be a great asset down the line but he needs a bit more consistent minutes on the court even when Ferguson comes back into the rotation.

Peaks and Valleys  

There have only been three games so far this season, and we have already gone through some peaks and valleys an there will be more to come. The Thunders first game against the Knicks was a great start to the season we got to see how good this team could be on both sides of the ball. Then the Thunder fell into a valley against the Utah Jazz where the Jazz did a great job stopping the Thunder’s penetration game the Thunder also was not able to create stops.

Tonight against the TImberwolves was a bit of both worlds the Thunders shooting woes continued in the first half the positives came in the second half when their defense started to click which leads to the offense starting to flow. We will go through some more growing pains; you can see the potential this team has don’t be surprised if this team goes on a lengthy stretch of wins once they find there groove.

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