First off, why did this game begin at 9 pm? Mexico City is in the Central time zone, and if anyone in Brooklyn was watching, they had to start at ten. One might have expected some minor issues, with both Paul George and Jerami Grant a bit too sore to run. Even so, one didn’t expect to see Kyle Singler coming out in the first quarter. (Alex Abrines started at the two, with Andre Roberson moving to small forward. Sort of.) The Nets were missing Jeremy Lin. And as the game went on, Brooklyn got better, and the Thunder got worse; it was OKC by thirteen (33-20) after the first quarter, but the second and third belonged to the Nets (54-46), and the Thunder barely showed up for the fourth. Can’t be the altitude: Brooklyn’s a thousand feet closer to sea level than OKC. Whatever it was, it didn’t work for Oklahoma City, which lost its eighth straight road game, 100-95.
Let us say something kindly about Caris LeVert, a Brooklyn reserve swingman, who led all the Nets with 21 points, a career high, and 10 assists. LeVert also made six of seven free throws, one of the few players on either side who could get any numbers from the stripe. (The Nets hit only 17-28; the Thunder, 12-23.) And there was Quincy Acy, who always seems to step it up a notch against OKC: 11 points in 20 minutes. I’m sure no one expected 22 minutes from Singler, or an impromptu hair-restyling from Russell Westbrook.
Pretty great finish by Kyle Singler to get the and-1.
Best part, though, was Russell Westbrook slapping the man bun off of Kyle. pic.twitter.com/enFIbOEVz8
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) December 8, 2017
One sort of expects that from the whitest guy in the league.
Next stop: Memphis, Saturday night, then back home for the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. Neither should provide much in the way of altitude issues.