OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb playing well in crucial minutes

Lamb's recent play has warranted more opportunity, and Thunder coach Scott Brooks has provided it.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 29, 2013

Earlier this month, Thunder coach Scott Brooks revealed his plan to play Jeremy Lamb around 15 minutes per game this season.

But in the past six games, here's Lamb's minute log: 26, 20, 20, 25, 20, 27.

Consider the plan squashed, and credit Brooks with the adjustment.

Lamb's recent play has warranted more opportunity, and the Thunder coach has provided it, including a big chunk of late-game runs in OKC's 113-112 overtime win over the Warriors on Friday.

“My teammates trust me, my coach trusts me,” Lamb said. “I have no choice but to get more comfortable and get more confident.”

And recently, he has looked the part.

On this current five-game run, Lamb is averaging 10.8 points in 22.4 minutes. But more importantly, he has done it efficiently, shooting nearly 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point territory.

“He's getting better,” Kevin Durant said of Lamb. “Experience is the best teacher. He's going to take his bumps and bruises, but he's a smart, smart player.”

And a pretty good defensive one, too, if given the right matchup.

He uses his rare athleticism (38-inch vertical) and length (6-foot-11 wingspan) to bother shooters and harass scorers.


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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