The Oklahoma City Thunder have been without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony for each of the last two games with ankle injuries. The expectation is that Anthony and Russell Westbrook (ankle) will both go through Tuesday's morning shootaround to test out the injury before a final decision is made on their availability, so look out for another update following that session. The result was George setting the tone creatively, and the Thunder following suit with a barrage of 3-pointers.
But using Abrines against the Grizzlies, a team which had missed lead guard Tyreke Evans for the games preceding Sunday's, wasn't just about the starters.
Following a rousing 121-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday, LeBron James said his four new Cleveland Cavaliers teammates fit in as if they have been with the team longer than the three days that have passed since they were acquired at the trade deadline.
The Grizzlies and the Thunder face off again on Wednesday night at FedEx Forum. The last time these teams met, January 20th 2018, Oklahoma City beat Cleveland 148-124 (George: 36 pts; Westbrook: 23 pts, 20 ast). Russell Westbrook is easily a top five player in this league, Steven Adams may become a top three center in the National Basketball Association over the next two years, and role players Terrance Ferguson, Alex Abrines, Jerami Grant, and Josh Huestis have already showed signs of improvement over the course of this season. "I wanted to have somebody if they came in late with him at the end of the first quarter, beginning of the second quarter and Paul [George] was off the floor, and to have some length and size on him".More news: Losses narrow at Credit Suisse despite U.S. tax reforms
George enjoyed his trips to the free throw line most, when much of the chanting occurred.
Adams caught George's quick pass and could have shot his patented floater, but he pivoted and fired a dart to Josh Huestis in the left corner for a 3-pointer. Since becoming a starter, Osman has averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while shooting 50 percent from the three-point arc. Look for Westbrook to play, and join back up with Paul George. "We got shots, we worked on some defensive stuff, concepts. I like what he brings", Lue said.