Replay Game Preseason: Thunder 103, Bull 105

With the intended goal of using every day as an opportunity to improve, the Thunder took advantage of the lessons and experiences he gained from his first matchup against Chicago on Wednesday and applied them in full force Friday in their third and final matchup season.

Coming into Friday’s game, Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault challenged his group on the defensive head to be an attacker and not allow Chicago to get on their heels, especially in the interception. movement. It was that exact attention to detail on the defensive head that was on display to keep the Bulls at 26 percent from the 3-point line in Friday’s game. Disciplined performance from Thunder’s starting lineup of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley, Al Horford, George Hill and Lu Dort sets the tone from the very beginning.

“I thought we had good behavior over there. We faced some special things but we also challenged our team to be better and have a little more power in transition and on the ball, ”said Daigneault. “I thought we were much better in defense tonight.”

At the other end of the floor, Thunder fell into an abusively hard rhythm that led to a high-quality appearance from the back of the arc and an early 15-2 run to help pick up a two-digit lead. Behind the fast pace of movement and unobtrusive ball movement, Thunder guards were able to attract the attention of multiple defenders and find hunters on the periphery.

In the first quarter, the Thunder fired an impressive 62 percent from depth with new entrant Thunder Al Horford leading the charge with a 3-of-4 performance from depth. In the second half, however, Mike Muscala was Thunder’s return center who carried the pick-and-pop baton finishing the game 3-of-6 from the back of the arc.

“Our guards are having a good effect, Shai, Hami, George [Hill] in particular, ”said Muscala. “As they come off the screen, the way they attract attention and respect, we have a responsibility to give them a place and demolish them. ”

“Of course we did [the ball] moving the first half, ”Daigneault said. “When you play like that offensive you tend to generate good pictures and they’re more likely to get into most nights.”

In the fourth quarter, however, Chicago went off at the comfortable edge of Thunder until the Thunder found themselves down 2 points with 4 seconds left on the game clock pulling up a play that won the second. finally for the young players on the floor. The group controlled a high-quality view from behind the arc that danced around the edge before falling outside the cylinder at the mushroom machine.

Even still, it is the kinds of unstoppable in-game experiences that have helped this young Thunder team make significant progress over the past two weeks of training camp and what they are looking to build on in the routines and the days before the first game to count towards the record.

“Our group is really trying to make changes from game to game. Coach talked to us about a few things he wanted us to work on and do better tonight as far as execution, and I felt like we took leaps in that area, ”said Horford. “We need to keep getting better and getting into this first game we need to have good practice and we can feel good going into that first regular season game.”

“I felt like we had to get out there and leave it on the floor. This was definitely our last boost before it all started, so we had to get out there and try to get in as much rhythm as we could. I feel like we did a good job of that tonight. We had more flow, ”Diallo said. “Now we need to focus on and prepare for the real thing. He is preparing to start here. “

Thunder’s first regular season will be on the road against Houston on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7pm CT. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Oklahoma and on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM The Sports Animal and the Thunder Radio Network.