Paul Pierce issues stern warning to Thunder as series moves to Dallas

On Thursday night, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder lost their first game of the NBA playoffs with a frustrating home loss to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in game two of their second-round series. Although Gilgeous-Alexander had arguably his best game of the playoffs so far, the MVP runner-up’s Thunder teammates largely let him down in this one, as Oklahoma City had a tough shooting game from beyond the three-point line compared to Dallas, which was red hot for most of the night from the land beyond.

The series now moves to Dallas with the Mavericks maintaining home field advantage, and a person who A little worried about how the Thunder will react to that hostile environment on the road is former NBA champion Boston Celtics Paul Pierce, who recently took over FS1. Indisputable to convey your concerns.

“On a scale of one to ten, my concern for the Thunder… would be a nine,” Pierce said, according to Undisputed on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “At first I thought seven, but it should be a nine, because this is, for the first time as a group, you’re going to see what it really feels like to be on the road in a real playoff environment… We’re going to see what an environment is going to be like.” real playoff game on the road, because I don’t think they’ve seen that in New Orleans. Dallas is a different place than New Orleans. The fans are very different.

A worrying loss

While it’s true that certain role players like PJ Washington and Tim Hardaway Jr. got hot in the Mavericks’ Game 2 win, the Thunder should probably be a little worried because Kyrie Irving recorded just nine points in a game they won his team. Additionally, while Doncic had a solid game, the Thunder have yet to experience a true Doncic eruption, which in all likelihood will happen at least once in this series.

As Pierce mentioned, the Thunder had no problem winning on the road in their first-round series against the Pelicans, which Oklahoma City won in a four-game sweep. However, the Mavreicks have one of the loudest home environments in the NBA and went 2-1 in their arena in their first-round series win against the Los Angeles Clippers, with both wins coming in blowouts.

It will be interesting to see what the Thunder decide to do about starting guard Josh Giddey, who has been by far the worst player on the court for either team in this series and found himself benched late in the Thunder’s loss. Thunder in Game 2. Giddey playing off the court in a playoff scenario was indeed a potential issue that most saw coming from a mile away, but watching the third-year point guard’s struggles in real time It’s been quite jarring.

In any case, the third match will begin on Saturday afternoon.