Thunder Shooting Woes Continue In Loss To Indiana

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 5:43 pm
By: News 9

After a solid win against Brooklyn on Monday, it appeared Oklahoma City had turned a corner in the Orlando Summer League.

Unfortunately, the problems that plagued the Thunder in the first two games of the league reared their ugly head against Indiana on Wednesday.

The Thunder shot poorly from all three areas of the court and fell to Indiana, 94-71.

Oklahoma City shot 37.5 percent from the field, 18.8 percent from 3-point range, and 61.9 percent from the free throw line, missing 16 free throws.

Not much went right for the Thunder on Wednesday, but the main bright spot was Mitch McGary, the No. 21 overall pick in this year’s draft. McGary had 15 points to lead the Thunder and hit 5-of-7 from the field.

Jeremy Lamb had 12 points, but went just 4-of-17 from the field, including 1-of-9 from 3-point range. Steven Adams was the only other player in double figures for the Thunder, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Donald Sloan led the Pacers with 19 points and went 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Frank Gaines had 17 points and Kevin Jones had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Other notes and observations from the game:

-These guys should be locked in a gym until they can hit 15 straight free throws. The free throw shooting has been abysmal across the board in Orlando for the Thunder. Worst of all on Wednesday were Steven Adams (4-of-10) and Andre Roberson (2-of-6). Seriously, 16 misses as a team?!

-Roberson grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the team once again, while scoring nine points on 50 percent shooting. His energy has been an encouraging sign for the Thunder, even though his offensive game is still a ways away.

-Rough day for Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones and Semaj Christon. The trio combined to go 8-of-33 from the field, 2-of-13 from 3-point range.

-Lamb has struggled shooting in all three games he has played in Orlando. Combined, he is 16-of-50 from the field and 4-of-23 from 3-point range. He didn’t perform well last year either, though, and still managed to play well once the regular season rolled around. Thunder fans should be hoping for a similar result.

-The Thunder’s future on the inside looks bright. Adams has been better and better each game, while McGary is looking like the player that helped Michigan to the 2013 national championship game. He hustles, he has good range, he has a great arsenal of post moves. He should be a terrific role player this year for OKC.

-Adams has developed a habit of shooting everything one-handed. Even on free throws, he takes his left hand off the ball before actually shooting the ball. Strange habit.