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Real Plus/Minus: Where OKC can improve

The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped another tight one to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-116 on Friday night. While the Thunder dropped to 2-3 on the season, they’re also 0-2 vs. Minnesota this season. They’ll meet two more times before the season is up.

Plus

Paul George

Paul George had a rough night against his old side fouling out and playing 19 minuets. George bounced back well against the Timberwolves playing 38 minutes scoring 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field at 50 percent also shooting 50 percent from three shooting 3-of-6 George also added five rebounds and four assists.

The second unit

The Oklahoma City Thunder bench has done a great job of impacting games this year led by Raymond Felton the Thunder’s bench gave the team 19 points three assists nine rebounds and five blocks. Last season when Westbrook would come out of the game and the Thunder’s bench wasn’t able to give much help. This off-season Sam Presti addressed this issue adding Patrick Patterson & Raymond Felton to go along with Jerami Grant, Alex Abrines and Josh Huestis the Thunder have substantial help off the bench to go along with its stars.

Minus

Westbrook not protecting his best friend

Last season Russell Westbrook told the media that he only had one friend on the court and that was the basketball. Tonight Westbrook played reckless with his best friend turning the ball over eight times Westbrook needs to take care of his friend more, Westbrook is taking pressure off the opposition with his recklessness with the ball.

Second chance points

Second chance points killed the Thunder against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves scored 24 second-chance points to the Thunder’s 15. The Thunder need to get better on the boards and stop giving the opposition second chances if they want to contend with the likes of the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.

Andre Roberson

Andre Roberson has zero confidence right now. Roberson played 10 minutes against the Timberwolves and 20:40 minuets against the Indiana Pacers. Roberson is struggling on offense. Now we all know Roberson strength isn’t on the offensive side of the ball, the little he can do on offense he isn’t doing right now. With the addition of Paul George and the continued growth of Huestis on the defensive end, Roberson is struggling to stand out in this Thunder line up and Coach Billy Donovan is going away from Roberson right now. If this form/confidence slump continues, don’t be shocked if the Thunder tries to get something for Roberson on the trade market.

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