By: Shayden Smith
Have you ever watched someone shoot the basketball and thought to yourself, “Wow, that person has a beautiful shot?” I find myself saying that about two certain people, Domantas Sabonis and J.J. Redick. These two shooters met for the second time this season as the Thunder took on the Clippers Friday night.
I love watching J.J. Redick play basketball. It drives me crazy when he begins to scorch the Thunder, but it’s impossible to say that he has an ugly shot. Redick had another sharp shooting performance Friday night. He scored 16 points shooting four of seven from deep. He may be a thorn in the Thunders side, but he makes it look good.
Blake Griffin of the Clippers also had a great night, scoring 25 while shooting 50 percent from the field. As an Oklahoman, I still like to see Griffin have great games even though it’s been a few years since he has played for an Oklahoma team, but it’s not as fun when he has one of those games against the Thunder.
Now let’s get to the Thunder and that other beautiful shooter I was talking about. I’m not sure why, but I can’t look away when I see Sabonis shoot. He still has a long way to go to achieve a dynamic scoring role for the Thunder, but he has been showing a lot of promise in the past few games. He looks more and more confident every game. Sabonis scored 12 points off four of five shots from three. Yes, you did read that correctly. Sabonis scored all of his points from three point land. I would like to see him get more aggressive in the post, but his shot is looking good right now so I won’t complain.
What about the Thunders superstar? Russell Westbrook had a near triple double with 29 points, 14 boards and nine assists. He only shot nine of 25 from the field, but his hustle plays kept the Thunder fighting in this game. Westbrook also finished the night three of five from beyond the arc, including a last second missed three that would have given the Thunder the game. He may have missed that shot, but he’ll get more opportunities to put the Thunder on top with shots just like that one, and we know that Westbrook is not going to shy away from it.
Although the Thunder had an excellent shooting night from three at 57.1 percent, the Thunder fell to the Clippers 108 – 110.