Thunder can no longer hide in the playoff gates

A day earlier, after Thursday night’s victory in Philadelphia, the 76ers (133-114) were slapped. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander warned that his Lightningthe middle of the season was officially over, he was furiously moving on and was no longer there to make up the numbers in the Western Conference.

“I think we’re going to be a really good team sooner than people think, and that’s why I think it’s easy for me. [d’être patient]. I observe this development every day. I’ve seen this growth in the last five months, a year, the last two years, and I’m excited. » Thus, OKC’s star was announced, and his team won its fourth in the last six games.

A few hours later, SGA and his teammates proved it again with a second win in Chicago, before the second leg of the East Coast back-to-back continues Sunday in Brooklyn. Authoritarian clock at 24, this time 14 points after an offensive display (124 points on 51% shooting).

The Thunder, the most productive offense in the league, averaging 122.2 points in the last 11 games, have a record of 20 wins against 23 losses, synonymous with 11th place in the Western Conference, one win over the Suns, 10 of 21. – 23, also the Warriors, 6th at 21-21.

Trust and solidarity, the recipe for progress

Players feed off each other’s energy praised a self-assured Marc Daigneaut as his group. ” This is a very strong, very strong form of trust. And it’s not just an internal belief, it’s one they share and display on the field. »

Josh Giddey, who has made strong individual progress, shares his coach’s words, leading to a better mental strength among the players, especially this season. ” Twelve months ago, we probably had a crack “A -14 to -1 return could have unsettled or destabilized the Thunder,” the advanced Australian said, referring to the Bulls’ “run” in the third quarter. But tonight was different. We were ready to go back to the fight. »

In short, there’s confidence in OKC’s young locker room, and it’s reflected where the carefree but cohesive collective has made significant strides.

Of course, children will pay attention to the rating Josh Giddey then concluded that Oklahoma is no longer such a far-fetched scenario when it comes to making the playoffs for a “play-in” or even straight through the Top 6. ” But we don’t talk about it much, at least not yet. There are still many games to come. But of course it’s great to see our progress at this stage of the season compared to last year. »

Shots It bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Turn off Def Early p.d bp Int CT party Points
Shai Gilgeous-alexander 38 35.7 50.4 35.5 91.3 0.8 4.0 4.8 5.6 3.2 1.6 1.1 2.7 31.0
Josh Giddey 37 30.9 47.1 34.2 80.7 1.9 6.0 7.9 5.6 3.1 0.7 0.4 2.1 15.5
Luguentz Dort 41 30.3 40.3 33.9 75.2 1.4 2.8 4.2 2.3 1.5 1.1 0.3 3.2 14.0
Jalen Williams 38 27.8 51.1 30.3 74.0 0.7 2.9 3.7 2.8 1.6 0.9 0.5 2.6 11.7
Tre Mann 37 20.1 39.6 30.5 70.4 0.5 2.0 2.4 1.8 1.0 0.8 0.2 1.5 8.8
Alexey Pokusevsky 31 21.9 44.0 37.6 63.6 1.5 3.6 5.1 2.0 1.3 0.6 1.3 1.8 8.8
Jeremiah Robinson Earl 26 21.1 48.9 38.2 78.6 2.0 3.0 5.0 1.0 0.6 0.7 0.4 1.9 8.5
Kenrich Williams 34 21.5 55.3 43.7 46.2 1.8 2.9 4.7 1.5 0.4 0.6 0.3 2.0 7.7
isaiah joe 35 13.6 45.7 42.2 79.5 0.3 1.7 2.0 1.1 0.4 0.6 0.1 1.5 7.0
Aaron Wiggins 32 18.2 49.0 39.3 80.0 1.0 2.4 3.4 1.5 0.9 0.5 0.1 1.6 6.3
Mike Muscala 32 14.2 43.7 38.8 80.0 0.4 2.7 3.1 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.6 1.8 5.8
Darius Bazley 26 16.1 43.1 36.1 52.9 0.8 2.7 3.5 0.9 0.7 0.5 1.0 1.2 5.6
Eugene Omoruyi 20 12.4 48.2 27.6 61.9 1.0 1.4 2.3 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.0 2.1 5.2
Ousmane Dieng 14 15.7 42.4 29.4 25.0 0.4 2.4 2.9 1.4 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.9 4.4
Lindy Waters III 16 11.4 38.6 37.7 71.4 0.4 1.4 1.8 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.8 4.3
Jaylin Williams 12 12.4 40.5 30.8 60.0 0.8 2.9 3.7 1.2 0.6 0.4 0.1 2.3 3.7

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