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Plus-Minus vs Memphis: Thunder steal one

PLUS

Steven Adams

Steven Adams continued his rich vein of form against the Memphis Grizzlies scoring 21 points and nine rebounds shooting 7-of-11 from the field at 63.6 percent. Adams was once again the key to the Thunder getting out of a hole and being a weapon Russell Westbrook could use to set up the Thunder’s offense and make space for Alex Abrines and Carmelo Anthony.

Alex Abrines

Alex Abrines started his second game in a row against the Memphis Grizzlies while Paul George sat out for the second game in a row. Abrines was phenomenal for the Thunder scoring a career-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting at 70 percent and a career-high 6-of-8 from three-point range at 75 percent. Abrines stood up at critical times for the Thunder when it looked like the Grizzlies couldn’t miss from three the Thunder turned to Abrines who would hit an answering three in return.

Second Half

The Thunder managed to erase a 20 point deficit and outscore the Grizzlies 56-44 in the second half. It all started with an 13-0 run in the second quarter were Russell Westbrook assisted Adams on two of his scores and an Anthony three-pointer that kick-started a Thunder comeback that was finished off in overtime with Westbrook hitting two free throws to give the Thunder the win 102-101. The Thunder did a good job of finding the hot hand at crucial times against the Grizzlies with Westbrook finding Abrines and Adams while Felton came off the bench providing a vital six points.



MINUS

Westbrook shooting

Russell Westbrook tried his best to shoot the Thunder out of this game. Westbrook went 7-of-29 from the field at 24.1 percent and a staggering 1-of-12 from three-point range at a percentage of 8.3. Westbrook has been in a terrible shooting slump these past weeks, and he seems intent to shoot himself out of it no matter the cost it may bring the Thunder. Westbrook also struggled at the free throw line finishing 5-of-8 at 62.5 percent but came up clutch in overtime hitting two free throws to give the Thunder the lead. Westbrook had another triple-double finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists.

Free throws

The Thunder won this game on two free throws and a great defensive effort from Carmelo Anthony, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying to lose it. The Thunder should have won this game in regulation time with how many shots they missed at the free throw line; the Thunder shot 18-of-31 from the free throw line at a percentage of 58.1. Adams got to the line 12 times making seven of them Anthony also got to the line eight times only making two. The Thunder have struggled all season from the free throw line they are ranked 15th in attempts, 20th in makes and 29th in percentage with 71.2 this is a stat the Thunder need to address and fix if they are to have any success come playoff time.

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