EDMOND, Okla. — If the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 10th annual Blue & White Scrimmage is any indication, Paul George is about to break the NBA’s all-time scoring record.
George dropped 30 points while sinking 12 of his 14 shots alongside a stacked White Team made up of OKC's starters and some more on an afternoon the Thunder played an open, intersquad scrimmage at Edmond North High School. He did it in just 21 minutes.
The White Team — which also included Carmelo Anthony, Steven Adams, Raymond Felton, Andre Roberson, Terrance Ferguson and more — cruised to a 75-42 victory against a Blue Team made up of reserves, G-Leaguers and training camp invitees.
Even if the squads were admittedly uneven — and intentionally so with coach Billy Donovan wanting to give his first unit an opportunity to develop extra chemistry — the point of the scrimmage wasn’t necessarily the basketball. About 2,000 fans packed into the high school gym to watch this iteration of the Thunder for the first time.
They saw George go off from 3, sinking six long balls. They saw Anthony spread around the love, adding eight rebounds and five assists to his 11 points. They saw George, a former dunk contest participant, throw down a tomahawk slam off a fast-break, behind-the-back dish from the rookie, Ferguson.
“I was looking back, and I’m like, ‘C’mon, P! Hurry up, just catch on,’” Ferguson said. “I just threw it, and I was like, ‘He’s going to get it, man.’ He got it, and it was a highlight reel.”
Fans won’t have to wait long to see the Thunder compete for real. The team has practice Monday before playing its preseason opener Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.
• Westbrook update: Russell Westbrook did not play in the Blue & White Scrimmage, though he dressed and participated in warmups before the game. Westbrook received platelet-rich plasma injections in his left knee shortly before the season and is yet to participate in contract drills. He began going through non-contact drills Saturday.
“I'm good,” Westbrook said of the knee. “When I'll be back, you will see.”
Westbrook’s status for Tuesday’s preseason opener is still uncertain.
"He had that injection and just wanted to settle in,” Donovan said. “He went through some offensive stuff earlier with us before we started playing. He’ll be fine.”
• Other injuries: Shooting guard Alex Abrines missed Sunday’s scrimmage with a mild left knee strain, the Thunder said. Power forward Patrick Patterson was the only Thunder player not to dress for the game. Patterson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the beginning of August and is yet to compete in contact drills.
The Thunder have not announced Abrines’ or Patterson’s statuses for Tuesday.
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as a host of the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.