Rapid reaction: Oklahoma City falls 86-84 to San Antonio on opening night
By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma City dropped its season opener on Thursday night, losing 86-84 in San Antonio. Here’s some rapid reaction:
Tony Parker drilled a corner three with 28 seconds left, tying the game and foreshadowing the future. It forced Scott Brooks to draw up a late game offensive set, something he’s struggled with in the past, which eventually turned into a Russell Westbrook turnover.
It was over when…
…Parker parlayed that turnover into a 20-foot dagger, splashing it through as time expired and sending the Thunder home as opening night losers. Parker played facilitator most of the night, with 14 assists, but when the game was in the balance, he played hero.
Not the prettiest of openers for Oklahoma City’s high-energy star. Overall, he went 6/21 shooting, forcing at times, and committed six crucial turnovers. The effort was there, the touch and flow were not. But I’d be willing to guess the confidence isn’t shattered. And knowing him, 30 shots may be going up Friday night. And he might make 22 of them.
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