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Thunder @ Spurs Game Preview: How to Watch, and Who To Look Out For

Oklahoma City Thunder (o-o) @ San Antonio Spurs (o-o)

Tip Off: 6:00 CST

How to Watch:

Thunder Website- https://www.nba.com/thunder/live

Note: Game may be locked depending on location.

Game Notes:

The Thunder have eight players not making the trip to San Antonio:

  • Luguentz Dort
  • Darius Bazely
  • Al Horford
  • Darius Miller
  • Justin Jackson
  • Josh Hall
  • Ty Jerome
  • Trevor Ariza

Current Roster Heading into San Antonio:

Point Guards: Shai Gilgeous Alexander, George Hill, Frank Jackson, Theo Maledon

Shooting Guards: Hamidou Diallo, Admiral Schofield

Small Forwards: Isaiah Roby, Kenrich Williams

Power Forwards: T.J. Leaf, Aleksej Pokusevski

Centers: Mike Muscala, Moses Brown

More info on that here.

Who To Watch:

Theo Maledon– PG/SG

Maledon, who was officially signed by the Thunder on Wednesday enters Saturdays preseason game with little run with the team. Maledon is a 6’5″, 180 lb. pass first point guard out of France. Here he showed off his tremendous display of passing and finishing around the room. He does not possess elite quickness however he makes up for it being excellent in the P&R game. He has some potential to grow on offense specifically as a shooter. A pairing of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would be exciting to watch as Maledon could be a perfect secondary ball handler next to SGA, and would probably be set up for some nice shots.

Admiral Schofield– SG/SF

With Lu Dort along with SF’s Trevor Ariza and Darius Miller not traveling with the team Schofield should receive plenty of minutes at the 2 and 3. Schofield, who we acquired draft night via trade, comes in at a staggering frame of 6’5″ 241 pounds. He has shown his ability to catch and shoot, and has sneaky athleticism around the basket. It’ll be interesting how he the seizes the moment.

Aleksej Pokusevski– SF/PF

The mystery man, Aleksej Pokusevski has been hyped up by fans since he was selected 17th in this years draft. He’s shown a unique ability to really do it on the court, and what separates him is his height at 7’0″, and 7’3″ wingspan. He’s played lower level competition all his life and is very undersized barely cracking over 200 lbs. so we’ll see how he adapts to the competition in the NBA, and how much run he gets against the Spurs.

Honorable Mentions: Hamidou Diallo- SG, Isaiah Roby- SF, Frank Jackson- PG.

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