Thunder Bounce Back In Boston
By Randy Renner
If you gave up on the Thunder when they trailed 18-3 early in the game, or just lasted till halftime when they were down by nine, you might have been surprised by the score you saw this morning.
Thunder 109, Celtics 94.
Yep, things turned around big time in the second half when the Thunder outscored the Celtics 67-43. Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow took the game over and boys from Beantown didn't have an answer.
Jackson and Morrow each scored 28 points, Morrow didn't miss a shot in the fourth quarter and finished 11-for-15 overall (4-for-5 on threes). Jackson was 8-for-15 and handed out eight assists.
Reggie has generally been outstanding ever since going all broken arrow on his teammates in Brooklyn a few games ago. Morrow was just playing his second game of the regular season and is working back into game shape from that sprained knee.
He was on a minutes restriction in Milwaukee and so was held back a bit, no such problem last night in Boston.
Morrow will be counted on to score points and spark the Thunder offense which has been problematic without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Things should continue to get a little better in the coming days when both Perry Jones (bruised knee) and Andre Roberson (sprained foot) come back off the injury list.
That could happen as soon as Friday night against Detroit, but we won't know for sure until shortly before the game. The Thunder will not practice today and head coach Scott Brooks normally doesn't meet with reporters after shootarounds, instead waiting until his pregame news conference.
Jones had gotten off to a pretty solid start offensively before getting hurt and Roberson not only had been playing great defense, he'd put up some points too off those backdoor cuts and putbacks.
If the Thunder can beat Detroit they'll get to 4-6 which really isn't too bad considering what's happened to them on the injury front over the last few weeks.