"If George concludes that his Oklahoma City experience will be one-and-done, will he be inclined to give the Thunder the same kind of heads up?"
And here's a different angle along with the clock.
In 31 appearances, Anthony is averaging 17.5 points (40.4/35.7/75.5) and 6.2 rebounds in 33.1 minutes. Utah will host this time and they're expecting star rookie Donovan Mitchell to be back on the floor. "And Russ is as good as anybody when it's closing time". Russell Westbrook scored a team-high, 30 points, during their last game against the Hawks. Ersan Ilyasova (22 points) and Malcolm Delaney (20) hit four 3-pointers each.
"It's going to be a special game for us, the way we lost in OKC", the former Thunder starter said. "It's tough to not have the shot or the bounce at the end of the game, but to compete and play the way we did, really both halves, but particularly the second half ... hopefully our team can take something from tonight about how we played". Anthony's 3-pointer with 5:34 left gave Oklahoma City a 104-97 lead. A left ankle injury forced Schroder to miss two games in October. A three-quarter-court heave from Hawks big man John Collins couldn't match the splash.
"We put ourselves in position to (win) the basketball game with the last shot and it went down", Westbrook said after the game.
The Thunder dominated the second quarter.
The Thunder narrowly avoided disaster on Friday night, as they very almost blew a 16-point lead at home against the lowly Atlanta Hawks. They broke a 28-28 tie with a 14-2 run to start the quarter, with Raymond Felton and George each hitting two 3-pointers.
"Yes. 100 percent", Donovan said when asked if this is the type of way he would like to see Anthony play.
Offense has been a struggle for the Thunder because shots weren't falling, the team wasn't getting to the free throw line and the group was creating inefficient looks. Donovan called timeout to set up a play, with George inbounding the ball to Westbrook, hesitating for a second and then sprinting across the face of Westbrook's defender. He hoisted 12 3-pointers, scored 24 points and operated nearly exclusively as a catch-and-shoot threat on the wing.