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Mitch McGary did work Wednesday.
Working off an 18-point, 13-rebound, two-block performance against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder wasted little time picking apart Indiana, tallying 15 points on an economical 5-of-7 shooting.
On a day during which the Thunder's offense resembled a bedridden four-year-old with chickenpox, there was McGary, scoring and attacking, drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line, breathing life into a squad that aimlessly wandered through four (abbreviated) quarters of basketball.
Case in point: Watching him was pleasant.
There's still some work to be done on defense. He was a team-worst minus-23 on the floor, with his inability to defend off the dribble, close out shooters or bully down low on full display. The Thunder will want to see their 6'10" wunderkind grab more than two boards in 23 minutes of action as well.
But he's been incredibly fun to watch, offering a preview into what life with Mitch McGary is like when he's on fire, like Welcome To Loud City's Justin Danziger explains:
He was hitting his low post layups and draining his mid-range jump shots, and his smile and facial expressions were a nice indicator of how much he was enjoying his performance. Going into the game, I prepared myself to see poor shooting from the big man. Now I know that when McGary is on....he is on. He finished with 18 points.
Unlike most contending teams, the Thunder have shown a willingness to field inexperienced youngsters during the regular season. This bodes well for McGary—Thunder fans, too.
More of McGary, who has proved to be pure energy, figures to be a very, very (very) good thing.