There was the defense — from the start of the second quarter on the Thunder had 12 turnovers, like this steal by Kawhi Leonard, and shot just 39.3 percent.
There was the energy — the Spurs were fresh and hustling, the Thunder looked like a team playing its fourth game in five nights and they were not getting back on defense. Kendrick Perkins tried but he couldn’t stop Leonard and just ended up in the poster.
Then there’s the fact the Spurs are a really good team. The Thunder had an off night but their margin for error against the Spurs is much smaller than most nights and when Russell Westbrook is in one of those places where he is going to shoot everything and Kevin Durant is standing around a lot more, they can’t beat the Spurs. The Thunder can play better, they have to against San Antonio. Or this happens.
Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
MKG fouled as he curled off pick & hits the floor hard. Headed to locker room w/ trainer Steve Stricker after holding R shoulder. @hornets