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Thunder coach Billy Donovan praises Dennis Schroder for performance vs. Heat

Dennis Schroder, Billy Donovan, Thunder

Paul George was the biggest story in his team’s 118-102 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. The All-Star starter continued making a forceful case for MVP consideration by pouring in 43 points and a career-high 10 three-pointers. However, George wasn’t the only member of the Oklahoma City Thunder who went off against Miami.

Backup guard Dennis Schroder added 28 points, shooting 11-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in perhaps his most impressive in a Thunder uniform. Coach Billy Donovan seemed to think so, showering the fifth-year veteran with praise for staying within himself despite possessing the hot hand.

“He kind of got into an unbelievable rhythm,” Donovan said of Dennis Schroder, per Cody Taylor of Thunder Wire. “And it was one of those things where the ball just kept going in the basket for him…”

“The thing about it is I thought he took his shots. I think there are sometimes when guys get hot and they almost go into heat check mode — I didn’t feel like he was doing that. It felt like he was getting into the flow of our offense and I feel as though he was taking shots that he is capable of making.”

Dennis Schroder, acquired from the Atlanta Hawks in a trade that rid Oklahoma City of Carmelo Anthony’s onerous contract, has received widespread flak throughout his career for his penchant for questionable decision-making. But he’s settled nicely into the role of Sixth Man for the Thunder this season, averaging 15.6 points, 3.4 assists and 4.3 assists per game while shooting career-best 35.4 percent from beyond the arc.