The Oklahoma City Thunder were waxed by the Indiana Pacers last night. Brandon Rahbar has your recap.
Joe Mussatto has five takeaways from last night’s defeat. “Regular starting small forward Terrance Ferguson didn’t make the trip to Indianapolis for personal reasons. His absence left the Thunder with a shortage of reliable wings. Hamidou Diallo drew his fourth career start in Ferguson’s place, but he picked up his second foul with 4:06 left in the first quarter. Diallo was replaced by Abdel Nader, who had only played in four games coming into Tuesday night. Diallo and Nader combined for eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. Nader turned the ball over three times and missed repeatedly at the rim.”
Sam Presti was among those thanked by Tony Parker in his jersey retirement speech. “‘Sam, I know you’re in the arena,’ Parker said Monday, illuminated by a spotlight in the middle of the court. ‘Man, you and R.C. (Buford, former Spurs general manager and current CEO), you were ahead of your time. You took a gamble on me, because I was terrible in my first workout with the Spurs. Man, I was terrible.'”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took a winding path to stardom, writes Ricky O’Donnell (SB Nation). “Gilgeous-Alexander’s journey has taken him from Canada to Tennessee, Kentucky to Los Angeles, and now Oklahoma City. He has had to prove himself at every step, willing opportunity into existence for teams that never initially handed it to him. For once, he has a team that wants to hand him the keys. In the midst of a star turn in second season, the Thunder must be wondering what took everyone else so long.”
Terrance Ferguson missed the match-up in Indiana due to personal reasons, but earlier in the day he did some things to his hair:
In Nerlens Noel’s head, he’s a point guard:
Bleacher Report rated the top 10 biggest floppers and Thunder guard Chris Paul landed at no. 2. Former Thunder star Russell Westbrook landed at no. 7.
Speaking of cold, Chris Paul appeared on Kevin Hart’s show, “Cold As Balls” and dished on his trade to the Thunder: