The Oklahoma City Blue beat the Delaware 87ers 124-120 in an overtime thriller on Sunday evening at Chesapeake Arena. The Blue took a 14 point lead into the 4th quarter, but it proved to not be enough, as the Blue gave up 40 points in the frame. The story of the game was the versatility that the Blue showed, despite losing their lead in regulation. All 10 players got into the scoring column, with 6 scoring in double figures. The Blue led the entire way. With this win, and a Rio Grande Valley loss, the Blue are now a full game up on the Vipers for the second wildcard spot in the playoffs.
Josh Huestis: B+
Final Stat Line: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
If Huestis played for the Thunder and had a performance like this, people would lose their minds. The small forward accumulated his 12 points all on threes, going 4-9 from deep. Huestis also played outstanding defense, as evidenced y his 18 +/-. Overall, a solid game from the Josh.
Semaj Christon: B
Final Stat Line: 16 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds
In just his second game back from an ankle sprain (Thunder injury woes seem to be spreading even to their D-League team), Christon had a solid game. While, he didn't shoot very well (4/11), Christon managed the to still help out on the offensive end, setting up his teammates and getting to the line.
Frank Gaines: A
Final Stat Line: 29 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds
Gaines was the player of the game in this one. Gaines only scored 5 first half points, but that didn't seem to have any affect on Gaines' confidence. Coming out of the second half gates firing, the 24 year old had a quiet 15 points in the third. As the game went on, Gaines continued to attack, get to the rim, and get fouled.
NOTABLE OPPOSING PLAYERS
I looked at the Sevens' roster pregame, recognizing one name in particular. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson was the name I knew, and I'm not sure why. Regardless, Hollis-Jefferson received a DNP-CD , so I just wasted about 30 seconds of your time! While I didn't know anybody before the game, a few players really impressed me.
Jordan McRae: 39 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists
McRae's game was just as dominant as his stat line portrays. Of his 39 points, 18 came in a huge fourth quarter rally for the Sevens. There was a stretch in the middle of the fourth where McRae went to the line on five consecutive possessions.
Drew Gordon: 28 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals
Gordon stuck out more during the game, in my mind. Of his 13 rebounds 6 were offensive, In addition to his scoring and glass eating, Gordon managed to lock down on defense, especially in the fourth quarter.
Some things of note:
OKC will have a very solid guard rotation when everyone is healthy. Coach Daigneault experimented with some 3 guard lineups today. Post game, he mentioned that they'll definitely do some more of it when Marquis Teague comes back from injury.
The 87ers actually have a StubHub advertisement on their jerseys. It's right below the numbers, and is relatively large. It didn't look terrible, but I'm definitely not in favor of it.
Overall, Blue games are an excellent experience. They're a really fun team to watch, and I would encourage all of you in the OKC metro area to go support the squad. The last regular season home game is Friday, April 3rd. If OKC can hold its position in the playoffs, they'll also have at least one home playoff game.
Watch the full game here: