Via Ball Don’t Lie, the Thunder have the cheapest beer in basketball: “What’s warming more than the previously stated findings is that the two most entertaining teams in basketball – the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder – offer the lowest beer prices of any team. The Miami Heat may be the championship favorites, but they lose points not only for their tardy fans but an annoying public address announcer and the second-highest (tied, with Washington and Boston, at eight bucks a brew) beer prices in the NBA. The Thunder and Spurs are on a fast track to yet another Western conference finals showdown, one that hopefully will go beyond the six games we saw last year between each team. It’s true that two beers (excluding tip, and please tip) during one of those games will cost you as much as that 30-pack of cans you used to buy in your early 20s, but you also weren’t allowed the opportunity to see Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook in person, going back in forth, in your apartment’s living room back then. Not a bad deal, Spurs and Thunder. Cheers.”
Darnell Mayberry: “I’ve not been a proponent of Perk guarding point guards. Seems pointless to have “the league’s best low post defender” D’ing up 40 and even 80 feet away from the basket. But he was terrific tonight. Perk pestered Vasquez and forced him into wild shots and quick decisions. Perk was so good it looked like a mismatch in favor of the Thunder. Rarely, if ever tonight, could Vasquez blow by Perk. On one second half possession when Vasquez tried, Perk soundly slid his feet to stay in front of him and blocked his shot once Vasquez forced up a shot near the paint.”
From Elias: “Kevin Durant had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Thunder to a 119-74 thumping of the Hornets on Wednesday night. Only six other players in NBA history have registered a triple-double in a game in which their team won by 45-or-more points: Boston’s Bill Russell on March 9, 1969, Boston’s John Havlicek on November 27, 1970, San Antonio’s Johnny Moore on January 8, 1985, Denver’s Fat Lever on November 6, 1987, Golden State’s Chris Webber on December 23, 1993 and Denver’s Marcus Camby on March 16, 2008.”
ESPN Stats and Info: “The Thunder won by 45 points vs the Hornets after winning by 45 vs the Bobcats in November. The last teams to win multiple games by 45+ points in a season was the 1994-95 Trail Blazers and Magic.”
Perry Jones, DeAndre Liggins and Jeremy Lamb have been assigned to the 66ers.
Did you see the Wizards’ “Dagger!” from last night? Confession: I totally thought it went in too. It’s hilarious how wrong the announcer is, but if I’m calling that game, I promise you I do the exact same thing.