OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb impresses in extended action

Lamb played 33 minutes — his most since January, when he played 35 minutes during an impressive performance down in Miami — and he compiled 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals against Sacramento.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 28, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb (11) moves past Sacramento's Rudy Gay (8) during an NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 28, 2014. Oklahoma City on 94-81. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb (11) moves past Sacramento's Rudy Gay (8) during an NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 28, 2014. Oklahoma City on 94-81. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

During an extended run in the first half – when the game was still in question – Lamb provided a nice spark on both ends.

He had both of his steals in the first half, including a sneaky poke-away on a Reggie Evans post-up that led to an easy dunk on the other end.

“Did some things on the defensive end, got me some easy layups,” Lamb said. “(It helped me) get into a rhythm and knock down some shots.”

Lamb also flashed his ability to make plays for others, with three of his five assists coming during a crucial 11-0 run at the end of the first quarter.

Then, as the second quarter started, Lamb pushed that Thunder run to 16-1 with an in-rhythm 3-pointer and a nice dish to Nick Collison for a layup.

A 21-14 OKC lead had ballooned to 37-15. The game was essentially over and Lamb had his fingerprints everywhere.

“When coach trust me to go into the game and my teammates trust me out there, I just want to make them proud,” Lamb said.

But moving forward, the question shifts to Brooks and how often he will trust Lamb enough to put him out there.

“The minutes are going to come,” Brooks said. “Sometimes they’re not going to be as much as they’ve been in the past, but we just want him to keep working hard when he’s out there.”

Mission accomplished on Friday night.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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