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Jalen Williams understands the value of calming nerves before big games

The Oklahoma City Thunder (57-25) are just hours away from their first playoff game in Oklahoma City since 2019. During Sunday’s shoot-around, Jalen Williams and Aaron Wiggins met with the media before tipping off their playoff run .

As anticipation builds for his first playoff game, Williams was asked if there’s a possibility of him getting too excited and how you combat that energy.

“When you play a high-stakes game, a game that means a lot, I think it’s easy to let the adrenaline take over. I think you can benefit from it too. You never want to be too calm when you go to games,” Williams said after Sunday’s shootout.

Williams was also asked about the Pelicans game, specifically after playing New Orleans three times this season to the tune of a 2-1 record.

“Every time we played them it was high-level competition. I think by the end of the year everyone was really jockeying for spots,” said the rising star.

At the shootaround, Wiggins said he’s excited for the playoff crowd, to look out and see a “sea of ​​white” with fans decked out in their free T-shirts, and he hopes the crowd will bark as the team runs out and during the match as the players do after each victory.

Game 1 kicks off at 8:30 PM CT on TNT at the Paycom Center as the Oklahoma City Thunder return to the playoffs.

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