Tale of the Band in the Preseason Opening
The OKC Thunder have completed their first preseason game and have a few days off before making their first road trip of the year, going to reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks. What were the main takeaways from Oklahoma City Thunder’s opening loss to the Charlotte Hornets?
When watching a match live, especially when covering a match keeping fans informed on Twitter, writing game recaps, podcast recaps, you might miss things. The game is just going too fast, these athletes are too good, when you look down to tap you might have missed a possession. This is why it is important to go back and review the game several times. Including replaying pieces over and over again before hammering out a to-go track.
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This game was streamed on Thunder’s website, mobile app and social media platforms, the Bucks game will revert to traditional streaming as the Oklahoma City Thunder plays on ESPN against the Bucks.
Film study of OKC Thunder’s first loss in preseason
This game’s jaw-dropping takeaways center on Josh Giddey, who was so good I’ve already produced three podcasts and two articles on the Young Guard’s first preseason game. Mark Daigneault announced ahead of the game that Giddey would be included in the starting five for his NBA debut. It looks like it’ll be a long-term plan for the Oklahoma City Thunder to start their sixth overall rookie all season alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Josh Giddey had some great assists with overhead shots, corner whip assists, awesome pocket rebound assists, and a ton of ‘assists’ rather than actual assists. . At 18 (I have to type this as much as I can before his 19th birthday on Sunday) he looked like a veteran on the floor. his maturity, his vision and his surpassing stood out from the others.
One of the biggest takeaways from Giddey is how easily he collected 18 points. Without chasing his shot, he attacked the rim with relative ease against NBA defenders. He understands how to use his body to protect the ball from defenders and finish at the rim.
It was an easy conclusion and the biggest story in the game, but the team’s defense also stood out throughout the first game.