The Oklahoma City Thunder have ridden a three point guard rotation into the Western Conference playoff picture and the triple threat was as scary in the days before the shut down as ever.
All of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder had seen their numbers climb in March, to the point where they were averaging a combined 62.3 points per game.
Luguentz Dort is another Thunder player that started to step into a larger role just as the hiatus hit. Dort’s calling card is his physical defense and two-way guard started to parlay that into starter’s minute in March.
Steven Adams’ numbers were somewhat reserved in March – he averaged just 7.5 points per game compared to the 11.2 he had put up previously – but there’s no reason to believe he won’t be back to contributing on the offensive end when play resumes in Orlando.
SLAM’s Heat Check series compares each individual player’s personal production in the month of March with their production prior. The goal is to get a sense of the direction in which players were trending when the league stood still. For a more in-depth description, check out our Heat Check (Hiatus Edition) introduction.
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