In just 5 minutes, Andre Roberson got a defensive highlight vs. Jazz
Andre Roberson may not have gotten much playing time in the Thunder’s 110-94 win over the Utah Jazz in their first game in Orlando, but on one sequence, he seemed to prove that his impact can be felt in a regular-season game.
Heading into the contest, Billy Donovan tipped his hand and hinted at the fact that Roberson may not play as many minutes as he did during the exhibition contests. In those games, Roberson averaged about 15 minutes. Although he proved effective, there were questions as to whether it would be enough for him to supplant other members of the rotation when the games counted.
On Saturday, we found out that it was not.
Roberson ended the contest only having played five minutes. Darius Bazley (29 minutes) and Dennis Schroder (22 minutes) led the reserves in minutes played, while Roberson played just the final five minutes of the first half.
After checking in for Hamidou Diallo, though, Roberson immediately turned in one of his hallmark defensive sequences, recording a two-handed block against Jordan Clarkson on a driving layup before rebounding a three-point miss from Donovan Mitchell.
Roberson himself showed appreciation to SLAM Magazine for retweeting the play (which was tweeted by the Thunder’s Twitter account), as well as a declaration of “Love.”
While it may seem somewhat silly to be overly excited about one defensive sequence, the play highlights Roberson’s activeness and the excitement with which he not only plays defense, but appreciates his being recognized for going after it.
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