The Thunder defeated the Celtics 98–84 in their first scrimmage before the NBA restart.
The score was meaningless, but a lot of things were learned from OKC’s first game over four months.
Here are five pieces:
Andre Roberson received a standing ovation from the Thunder bench when he left 5:33 into the third quarter. The work that Roberson did to return from the 909-day break was recognized by his teammates – some of whom had ever played with him.
“Man, it was a lot of emotion,” Roberson said. “Horrified, happy, just generation after generation just to go back to that floor and let the coach go into the game hear my name.”
Although just a scrimmage, it was Roberson’s first competitive game since breaking the patellar tendon on January 27, 2018 in his left knee.
Roberson played 12 minutes – all in the second half – and was not under a one-minute ban, coach Billy Donovan said.
Roberson showed some skills that Thunder fans remember. He disregarded a pass for a steal, and pinned a shot against the backboard for a block.