One game against a bad team (yes Orlando is a quite bad team) isn't much to go on, but here goes!
The Thunder had (at least) 4 questions going into the season.
1. Would Russell Westbrook take another step forward to becoming an efficient point guard?
2. Could Kendrick Perkins return to his pre-injury level of play?
3. Is James Harden the real deal?
4. Is Serge Ibaka the real deal?
Well, 50% fails most tests, but it does get you into the hall of fame in baseball.
Perkins was awesome. After a bit of a slow start, he did the job on Dwight Howard, ran around like a crazy man, and just generally was a badass. My favorite thing about Perk is how mad he gets when a TEAMMATE gets a rebound away from him.
Harden showed a lot more calmness and confidence. He knows what he can do and he looked ready to be a star.
Westbrook had 7 turnovers and shot 6-17. I have to say though that I am a huge Westbrook fan and I'm hoping for big improvements here. He probably needed training camp more than any other Thunder player.
Ibaka was a no-show. I don't know if he'd rather still be playing in Spain, but he was lost and totally ineffective out there. He was scary bad.
To switch gears, the Magic stink!
Hedo is done. He can't move. He and Anderson can hit wide open 3's when they don't have to move, but little else. If it wasn't for Ibaka's hideous defensive effort and the Thunders perverse penchant for fouling J.J. Redick, Orlando wouldn't have gotten 75 points!
The Magic have both Jason AND Quentin Richardson on their team! In the NBA we call that "two Richardsons too many".
I don't think they were both on the floor at the same time, but if that happens, basketball will never be the same.
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