The Oklahoma City Thunder went on a vigorous 18-5 run in the final two minutes of Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers were not able to fight back and eventually lost to the Thunder in their first home game of the season.
Following the defeat, head coach J.B. Bickerstaff spoke about his team’s shooting problems during Friday’s game, and it’s clear that he still has faith in what his players can do.
“We want our guys to be confident and take open shots,” he confirmed.
He added, “You got wide open shots, you gotta take them.”
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Bickerstaff also added that he really wants the team to be more aggressive and put more pressure on the rim.
The Cavaliers were definitely having trouble making shots, particularly three-pointers, for much of the game.
They got a bit better as the game neared its end, but the struggle was obvious.
It wasn’t an easy night for Cleveland, made only harder by the fact that both Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland were on the bench because of injuries.
Right from the beginning, the Thunder made it clear that they were trying to make a statement.
For some of the game, it felt like Cleveland was headed to a victory, but then the Thunder used their fury and youthful energy to mount a comeback.
It was just one of those nights for Cleveland.
The good news for Cavaliers fans is that Bickerstaff and the team know what went wrong and have plans to fix it.
On Saturday night, they welcome the Indiana Pacers for their second back-to-back games.
Will this one go smoother than the last?