Golden State Warriors vs OKC Thunder result, Thunder coach reality check amid Josh Giddey hype
Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault reminded the NBA world that Josh Giddey was still “a baby” in terms of experience as the Thunder fought valiantly in an eight-point loss to the Golden State Warriors at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma..
The Warriors, who were heavily tipped to select Giddey with the seventh pick in the 2021 NBA Draft before the Thunder picked him up with the sixth pick, took 106-98 winners despite the home side leading 59- 48 at halftime.
Steve Kerr’s side got to see firsthand what the young Aussie can do, as Giddey scored nine rebounds and four assists leading the team, while finishing with seven points, including one from three points. .
The 19-year-old’s shooting game has yet to be in mid-air for the 27 minutes he spent on the pitch, making just four shots in 13 attempts.
Still, Giddey’s performance led to more rave reviews from the NBA world.
Sports podcaster Eddie Radosevich tweeted, “I’ve seen Josh Giddey walk the pitch about 50 times in four games and I’m ready to declare he will be 12x All-Star and the streets will be named after him. Me probably first. But him too. “
Athletic writer Sam Vecenie wrote, “If Josh Giddey can do those catch-and-shoot 3s in rhythm without dropping the ball on his rally and just shooting, he’s going to be awesome.”
Sports writer Rylan Stiles tweeted: “Josh Giddey grabs and shoots 3 in the corner, you like to see it.”
Despite another impressive statistic line for the Melbourne native, Thunder boss Daigneault made sure to temper the youngster’s expectations.
“He’s a baby in terms of an NBA career,” said Daigneault. “He’s four games away from his career.
“There will be ups and downs, especially when he’s in the thick of it.”
For the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins were the most notable performers as they contributed 23 and 21 points respectively.
Joe Ingles was also in action for the Utah Jazz and scored 13 points beating his Western Conference contestants Denver Nuggets.
The Australian star also had five rebounds and four assists as the Jazz won 122-110.
Ingles was seven of 11 in shooting, but it was Rudy Gobert who made the headlines, scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
The Jazz are now 3-0 since the start of the season and are one of two undefeated Western Conference teams alongside the Warriors.