Russell Westbrook posted 39-14-11 and somehow played a bad game as the Thunder fall in overtime to the Suns, 117-113. Keep reading »
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 105.9 (15th), Blazers – 107.4 (10th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.1 (9th), Blazers – 102.2 (3rd)
After an overtime loss in Phoenix the Thunder head north to face the 37-19 Blazers. Portland looks to win the first season series victory against the Thunder in five years. OKC is 9-3 on the second night of back-to-backs, the league’s third-best record, with eight straight victories. But last night’s loss in Phoenix, and the big minutes played by Westbrook and Ibaka (42 a piece) puts the Thunder behind the eight ball before they even take the floor. Keep Reading…
On today’s podcast we have Dr. Adam Huskerson on to discuss how serious Kevin Durant’s foot is. He gives a good breakdown toward the end of the podcast on how concerned we should be. We also discuss:
Anthony Slater: “Kanter is a below-average defender. It’s what he was criticized for most during his rocky tenure in Utah. Part of that is his inability to protect the rim. In 1,445 minutes this season, Kanter only has 17 blocks. That’s 56th among NBA centers and tied for 117th among all players. Patrick Beverley has one more. Jeremy Lin has four more. Kemba Walker has seven more. In 460 fewer minutes, Kendrick Perkins has 21 more. But, truthfully, that’s not too big a deal on this Thunder team. Serge Ibaka is one of the league’s premiere shot-blockers and Steven Adams is growing in that area. Where Kanter’s defensive deficiencies look like they’ll hurt the Thunder more is in the pick-and-roll. Thursday night was a prime example. Eric Bledsoe (who had an incredible game) abused Kanter all night.”
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com with a thoughtful response to Michelle Roberts: “Like owners and salary caps, sports journalists are easy targets. There’s a perception among prominent players — like, for instance, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook — that we serve no purpose other than to get in their way. Such a lack of understanding about the role of sports media is nothing new. In my days as an NFL writer, I approached Laveranues Coles of the Jets one day after practice, upon which he instructed me to “go get a job.” “This is my job,” I said. “That ain’t no job, writin’ paragraphs,” he replied. That perception has now been validated, right at the top of the NBA players’ leadership structure. If it becomes ingrained in the NBPA membership, it will mean less information for you — the people who pay the bills.” Keep Reading…
Seven appears to be the number for the Thunder this season, for whatever reason. Carrying a seven-game streak in December, the Thunder walked into Oracle Arena and played only a half with Kevin Durant before having it snapped by the Warriors.
Tonight in Phoenix, they had to once again go for eight without Durant, and this time fell short to the scrappy Suns in overtime despite an amazingterrible game from Russell Westbrook. Which is where the angle from this game falls, somehow.
First the nuts and bolts of this thing: The Thunder lost 117-113 in overtime for a couple reasons: Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 105.9 (13th), Suns – 108.3 (8th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.0 (8th), Suns – 107.2 (21st)
Oklahoma City takes a season-high 7-game winning streak on the road tonight in Phoenix. That’s 9 0f 10 for OKC with the offense averaging 111.7 points over those 10 games despite Kevin Durant missing half of those.
The Suns have lost 8 of their last 10 games and are now a week removed from trading away Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Miles Plumlee. The Suns are trying to right the ship behind points and assists leader Eric Bledsoe while integrating point guard Brandon Knight. Keep Reading…
I’m doing my best not to overreact here. The schedule has been a tad soft over this (glorious, golden) run the Thunder have been on of late, and there will be an inevitable come down period at some point when things gets harder. There may even be a one or two game spree where, after Durant has (hopefully, knocks on wood) returned, the team lags a bit, trying to figure out a way to properly re-assimilate him to into the wild.
So part of me doesn’t want to just go buck here. But after all the injuries, and the setbacks, and watching the Thunder run pin downs for Lance Thomas on crucial possessions, you’ll forgive me if I just take a moment to revel in the full and beautiful basketball the team is playing right now. Tuesday night in particular was just a complete joyful outburst of a game. Looked like the last night of a revival on the bench or, like, hour five of a lock-in, right after the pizza came. Keep Reading…
Eric Freeman of BDL: “Whether these accomplishments add up to an MVP season depends on many factors, including OKC’s final record, Westbrook’s final stats, the effectiveness of Durant when he returns from injury, and the ongoing performances and finishes of Curry and Harden. For that matter, Westbrook hasn’t assuaged all concerns (misplaced or not) that he’s too volatile to succeed, because certain won’t be satisfied until he wins several championships, if even then. Nevertheless, this month has served as a convincing statement on his abilities. When called upon, Westbrook is perfectly capable of serving as the Thunder’s primary scorer and facilitator. He’s as essential to the franchise’s title hopes as is his co-star. Who knows, maybe Durant will be the one sneaking a peak at Westbrook’s hardware in a few months.”
Kelly Dwyer of BDL with wise thoughts on Michelle Roberts’ media blast: “Just because some reporters don’t ask “a [bleeping] question,” it doesn’t mean they’re not working – it’s usually because the needed amount of bland pablum the athlete just provided for a column was already worked over by the initial three or four questions, and there’s no real need to dive in to secure yet another round of athlete autospeak. NBA fans can catch up on this when the league starts televising its postgame podium conferences during the playoffs – maybe one in five media attendees will ask an actual question, but really what more is there to say? All of us, players and media, are taking this one game at a time. Understand that we don’t like this, either.” Keep Reading…
Less introduction. More questions and answers. Mailbag now.
@JonMHamm what’s the deal with Grape Nuts? No grapes! No nuts!
— Robbie Leftwich (@RELtastic) February 24, 2015
Along those same lines, did you know the Hazelnut… actually not a nut, it’s a seed?
— Michael Flynn (@flynnsanity12) February 24, 2015
Ben 10. LEGO Ninjago. Power Rangers. My Little Pony Princess Magic. Wild Kratts.
Look, I have kids. They get the benefit of Netflix far more than I do. It’s a small miracle that I can break away and watch the Thunder like I do. Keep Reading…