The Thunder lost their preseason opener to the Nuggets on Wednesday, 114-101. But hey, basketball! Here are five takeaways from it:
- Steven Adams was like, amazing, in the first nine minutes. He put up 14 points on 7-8 shooting, set up a number of times by Mitch McGary driving the center of the lane and drawing big man help. Adams was active on the offensive boards using his size to overpower Timofey Mozgov a few times. In the end, as expected, Adams fouled out in just 21 minutes and had 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Also, he hit just 1-of-5 from the free throw line, which is disconcerting considering how much work he’s put in at the line this summer.