The Thunder kick off their set of games that don’t count tonight in Hidalgo, Texas, against the Rockets. And while Scott Brooks has said the starters will play fewer than 20 minutes and might not play at all in the second half, the preseason really isn’t about them anyway.
This is going to be about Cole Aldrich, Hasheem Thabeet, Daniel Orton, Perry Jones III, Hollis Thompson and Eric Maynor. That’s who the preseason is big for.
Will Aldrich cement himself as Perk’s backup or is there a chance for Thabeet or Orton to slide in? Does Perry Jones have a shot at regular rotation minutes? Can Hollis Thompson impress enough to make the team? How does Maynor look coming off that knee injury?
The preseason definitely isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about extending the lessons of camp into a real-life setting. And it also means basketball is pretty much back.
When: 7 PM CT
Where: Hidalgo, TX
Radio: WWLS 97.1 FM, 640 AM
OKC’s projected starters: Russell Westbrook, Daequan Cook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Cole Aldrich
The game isn’t on TV tonight in Oklahoma City, but you can try this stream out to watch it.