Grades: Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Orlando Magic 78 | Magic Basketball



Jul 08

Grades: Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Orlando Magic 78


Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic


Oklahoma City Thunder 79 Final
Recap | Box Score
78 Orlando Magic

Andrew Nicholson
7-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -4

Nicholson rebounded from his poor shooting performance on Sunday. He wasn’t backing down people as often as he did against the Celtics, but he still showed off his polished post game and even stepped out a few times to shoot the mid-range J (though, that produced mixed results). Nicholson needs to improve his awareness from the post, specifically when he’s double-teamed, something he struggled with today.

Maurice Harkless
3-8 FG | 8-12 FT | 3 STL | 5 REB | 14 PTS | +14

He didn’t shoot the ball well, but Harkless looked much improved in several aspects of his game, especially dribbling. He handled the ball in pick-and-rolls and drove to the rim, and looked comfortable doing so. He feasted at the line and played some very good man defense. Unfortunately, Harkless didn’t have the range today, missing several open jumpers, including two jump shots.

Victor Oladipo
2-12 FG | 8-10 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -6

It wasn’t the stellar performance of his Summer League debut, but Oladipo still had a solid outing. His shooting left much to be desired, but what was very encouraging was his adjustments. Rather than continue to settle for jumpers, Oladipo drove to the basket much more in the second half. He wasn’t as steady running the point today, but the pressure he’s facing now is beneficial to his development.

Rodney McGruder
2-5 FG | 0-2 3P | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -11

His stat line won’t jump out at you, but the K-State alum moved off the ball well. He made a nice read off a Nicholson post-up, cutting to the lane and sinking a floater. He’ll need to show more on both ends of the ball if he’s going to fill a 3-and-D role for the Magic, so we’ll see if he’s able to do so as the week progresses.

Oklahoma City Thunder

They never stopped fighting, and put themselves in great position to win the game during the last few minutes. Jeremy Lamb wasn’t spectacular, but his crossover on Harkless and subsequent step-back game-winning jumper sealed a come-from-behind victory. Dwight Buycks continues to impress. He had 11 points and five assists, yet even those numbers don’t do proper justice to how well he moves the ball and operates the offense.


I'm really surprised at how well Doron Lamb is playing.  He really didn't impress me much last year but he definitely looks like he's been working hard in the offseason.  Actually it looks like all of our players have been working hard and that's a great sign.  Nicholson seems to have improved his passing, Lamb has improved his body and shooting looks good, Harkless has worked on his strength and thus far I'm very impressed with Oladipo even though he didn't have a good shooting game here.

erivera7 moderator

@CarloSimone Yeah, it'll be interesting to see if Lamb finds his way into Vaughn's rotation.