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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

/articleid/3909980/1/pictures/2281916">Photo - Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) and Jeremy Lamb (11) defend against Golden State's Jermaine O'Neal (7) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) and Jeremy Lamb (11) defend against Golden State's Jermaine O'Neal (7) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

And that's just what he did on Friday night, playing all 17 minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, given the tough task of slowing down Golden State sharpshooters Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and the red-hot Harrison Barnes.

“I thought his length could affect shots,” Brooks said of his decision to go with Lamb. “He got beat one time on the baseline drive by Barnes, but I thought he did a great job of contesting Curry's shot on the three. I thought that was a big miss.”

Offensively, he was relatively quiet during the stretch. He made a big three early in the fourth, missed one late and deferred to Durant and Westbrook most of the time.

But just the fact that he was out there, playing stiff defense, tells you plenty about how far Lamb has come in the first month of his second professional season.

“He knows how to play within our system,” Durant said. “He's one of those guys that you tell him one time, and he's going to do it the next … I'm excited for (his future).”

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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