Which is the whole point of the NBA preseason: to see who’s going to be in the rotation, and who’s hungry enough to fight for minutes. The score Thunder 97, Bobcats 93 is almost irrelevant, unless perhaps you’re Jeff Green, in which case thank you for 25 of those Thunder points, or Serge Ibaka, in which case you got your first-ever NBA start (at center, both Nenad Krstić and Nick Collison being unwell) and a double-double in so doing.
What will matter to Scott Brooks, I suspect, is the fact that Charlotte failed to come up with a field goal in the last half of the fourth quarter, which means that the second (and third) units put up some decent defense. Although I expect what he’ll talk about at practice was how the ‘Cats erased a 12-point OKC lead in the third quarter.
Next outing is Friday against Miami at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, which will be the only Thunder preseason game on television. Imagine that.