September 8, 2020, 9:33 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder and head coach Billy Donovan, whose contract expired at season's end, have decided against a contract extension and have agreed to mutually part ways, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
This signals a full rebuild in Oklahoma City – something it seems like we have heard multiple times in recent years. The departure of Donovan, however, makes it seem increasingly likely that GM Sam Presti and the Thunder brass will try to start with a fully clean slate. That very likely means the end of both Steven Adams and Dennis Schroder's days as members of the Thunder. Danilo Gallinari is already a free agent. If they can find a suitor for Chris Paul and his $42 million player option they will surely pull the trigger on that, too. Once again, the Thunder will be looking at a very new roster when the new season begins.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 8, 2020, 8:44 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that, while the 2020 NBA free agency class is one of the weakest in recent memory, we could instead see a more robust trade market fill that void as there are a number of contending teams seeking to upgrade or reallocate their roster.
“I don't think we're going to see a lot of action in free agency," said Windhorst on The Hoop Collective Podcast. "The trade market is where the big movement in the offseason is going to be and there's six or seven teams that are really prime to make a deal.” Windhorst specifically named the Sixers, the Nets, the Warriors and the Pacers so we should expect a lot of rumors in the next few months. Chris Paul had a resurgent season and the Thunder were one of the best clutch teams in the league, but the team could shift to a more conventional rebuild if they trade away CP3.
September 3, 2020, 1:13 amSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams fell short of a double-double in Wednesday night's loss to the Rockets with 10 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block.
Adams didn't exactly stuff the stat sheet but he was at least able to stay on the court for 33 minutes against the Rockets' lineup. He had a solid year on the court overall but posted his weakest fantasy season since 2016-17.
September 3, 2020, 1:07 amDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder put up 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists against the Rockets in Wednesday's Game 7 loss.
Schroder ends his resurgent season with a rough shooting night in an elimination game. Despite the loss, he's gained the respect of the league this season. All that's left for him now is to await the results of the Sixth Man of the Year vote.
September 3, 2020, 12:46 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gave the Thunder an efficient 19 points (6-of-11 FG, 4-of-4 FT), three rebounds, four assists, two steals and three triples in Wednesday's elimination loss to the Rockets.
Gilgeous-Alexander played 40 minutes in his first Game 7 and put on an efficient performance. While you might expect to see more out of the Thunder's rising star and second-option, this sort of line fits his profile for the season. SGA had some very impressive performances this season but just as often his production could be farly anemic. He finished just outside the top-50 this year and certainly deserves the label of "rising star".
September 3, 2020, 12:34 amDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari went ice-cold on Wednesday night, missing all three of his shots from deep and finishing with just four points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field.
Gallo managed to grab nine rebounds and one assist to go along with his poor scoring night. The Thunder forward struggled in the back half of this series, putting up nine points in Game 4 and just a single point in Game 5. While Gallo was a big piece of OKC's surprise season, on a personal level the year was a step back. In 9-cat leagues he retreated from being the 28th ranked overall player per-game to just the 64th.
September 3, 2020, 12:26 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul notched a triple-double in Wednesday's 104-102 Game 7 loss with 19 points (5-of-11 FG, 3-of-6 3PT), 11 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals.
Paul capped off a feel-good season with an all-around performance as his team came up just short of a momentous Game 7 win. While it would have been nice for the Point God to knock off his old team, his first season with the Thunder was still incredibly impressive. For the first time since the 2015-16 season, Paul finished inside the top-12 in 9-cat totals. While he may be 35 years old he's proven he still has a few more years of incredible play left in him.
September 3, 2020, 12:19 amLuguentz DortPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Lu Dort made Game 7 history on Wednesday by setting the record for most points scored in an elimination game by a player aged 21 or younger with 30 points on 10-of-21 from the field and 6-of-12 from deep.
Dort had the best night of his career in the most important game of his career. He surprassed both Kobe and Lebron to set this Game 7 scoring record. All the talk leading into this game was focused on Dort’s defensive presence and out of nowhere he goes nuclear on the offensive end. Aside from his scoring Dort had just four rebounds, one assist and a steal but even mentioning his lack of peripherals almost feels insulting in the face his career performance.
September 1, 2020, 12:20 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul was huge in Monday's Game 6 win over the Rockets with a team-high 28 points while adding seven boards, three dimes, three steals and three 3-pointers.
Paul went 10-for-20 from the floor and hit all five of his free throws. He played a game-high 40 minutes and was absolutely monstrous in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. The Thunder were bleeding out and Paul called two isolation sets and hit back-to-back triples to keep the Thunder in a game where it looked like the Rockets were pulling away. He's one of the most underrated guards in the league to the general public and his crunchtime prowess tonight was on par with what he's done his entire career.
September 1, 2020, 12:20 amDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinaro bounced back from Game 5's dud with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting while adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals and four triples on Monday.
Gallo hit some tough shots in isolation sets tonight and did enough on the offensive side of the floor to see 28 minutes tonight. He's still a target on defense, but if he's going to can his shots like he did in today's game, he's playable against the Rockets.
September 1, 2020, 12:15 amDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder scored 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting while adding eight boards, two assists and a steal in Monday's Game 6.
Schroder went 0-for-5 from deep, but was still a plus-six on the floor tonight. The offensive side of the ball wasn't pretty, but he actually did a decent job defending James Harden. The Thunder three-guard lineup still poses a huge problem for the Rockets and we expect to see a lot of it in Game 7.
September 1, 2020, 12:14 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dished out a team-high six assists to go with two rebounds, one block, 10 points and two triples on Monday.
Gilgeous-Alexander didn't score the ball well tonight, but he did enough on offense to keep the Rockets on their toes. His two triples were off the dribble and contested and he handed out a team-high six assists which were enough to force a Game 7.
August 29, 2020, 9:45 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.
The Thunder as a whole were off the mark. Frustration and not conviction was showing its ugly head for them tonight. They will get a chance to regroup and hope to force a Game 7 in their next game. Danilo Gallinari was terrible, missing all five shot attempts from the field to end the night with just one point, six rebounds and one steal in his 22 minutes on the floor.
August 29, 2020, 9:41 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (knee) chipped in 12 points (6-of-8 FG, 0-of-2 FT) and 14 rebounds with no steals or blocks in Saturday's blowout loss to the Rockets.
It was an ugly loss and Adams will need to step it up, even more than he did tonight if the Thunder are going to force a Game 7.
August 29, 2020, 9:38 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a forgettable night on Saturday, falling flat with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting, three rebounds and four assists to his name in 34 minutes.
SGA was saddled by a bit of foul trouble, but that was no excuse for his poor showing on the offensive end of the floor. Considering he's one of the team's bright future stars, this was a tough and hard fall from grace in what was a crucial game.