Sonic, bench celebrations and sad feelings. It's been a weird Thunder week. Keep reading »
The Thunder fall to 3-10 on the season despite 22 and 13 from Serge Ibaka. Keep reading »
Darnell Mayberry with a great piece on the Thunder’s immediate future: “That’s why these next eight games will reveal to us who this 2014-15 Thunder team is. Six of these next eight games are against teams with a combined record of 24-46. Five of the eight are at home, beginning with Friday’s rematch against the Nets, the first of a four-game home stand. Of course, the Thunder already has fallen to three of the team’s in this typical cakewalk of a stretch, losing to the Jazz, Pistons and Bucks. So wins against anyone are far from a given. But many of these next eight have become must-wins. How will the Thunder respond? The season could be slipping away, and so far this situation has resulted in only close-but-no-cigar efforts and sparked never-before-seen skepticism from the fan base.”
Andrew Gilman of Fox Sports Southwest: “Ibaka is averaging 4.8 3-point attempts per game and is shooting 36.8 percent on 3s. That’s fine when there’s no one else to take them, but he’ll become more valuable when Durant and Westbrook return doing what he’s done over the past few years. Ibaka is averaging 15 points per game, but he’s been resistant to getting into the paint. Maybe it’s because Ibaka is not wanting to tire and he’s trying to conserve energy by avoiding contact in the paint as he is one of the best options left on offense for the Thunder. He took just two of his 15 shots from the paint. Ibaka only took two free throws on Wednesday against Denver, too, showing his inability to get to the basket and to settle for jumpers. Ibaka took three free throws against Utah and none against Houston, Detroit or Boston. He has six games this season with no free throw attempts. That basically means Ibaka is taking too many jumpers.” Keep Reading…
1. This is a list of the restaurants we had in the town I grew up in. We’ve since added a doughnut place and a Boomerang Diner — great biscuits and gravy, my dad says — but they weren’t around when I left so they don’t count.
Some Snow Cone Stand With “Paradise” In The Title
There was a good three year period there before I could drive when my mom, after picking me up from school, would drive me to Sonic. We’d get a drink and a Blast or some fries or mozzarella sticks. It was a daily thing. I liked it a lot. Keep Reading…
Darnell Mayberry: “After a Serge Ibaka 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to three, Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler missed a 3 at the other end, which set up an improbable opportunity for the Thunder. But guard Reggie Jackson missed a straight-away 3-pointer and the Nuggets nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to bump their lead to nine with 1:42 remaining. The shame of this one was that the Thunder finally produced a respectable offensive performance that on most nights would have been enough to power OKC to victory. But when the defense that had been so steady to this point disappeared in Denver, the Thunder never really stood a chance.”
KD has signed with Sonic via Darren Rovell: “An extra layer of motivation to forge the partnership comes from the fact that Sonic, which has 3,500 restaurants in 44 states, has its headquarters in Oklahoma City. It’s the second deal that Durant has done this year with an Oklahoma City company. Yogurt franchise Orange Leaf is also based there. But, for Sonic, signing Durant is clearly a national play for a growing brand.” Keep Reading…
It continues to be an incredibly odd feeling, the Thunder being down just three with 3:15 left, and knowing that they would very likely not win the game. Last season, they could’ve been 13 with three minutes left — like they were against the Clippers in Game 5 — and you felt like there was a decent chance they were still winning the thing.
But then again, the fact they were even within a possession actually caught me off guard. They trailed by 16 to start the fourth — 90-74 — and on the second night of a back-to-back, looked completely cooked. A bucket from Reggie Jackson, a 3 by Sebastian Telfair, some free throws for Jackson and an Ibaka jumper and the Thunder had it to nine with a little less than nine to go. Nice push, but it’s still over.
Free throws by Jackson, a runner from Anthony Morrow, free throws by Morrow, another 3 for Telfair (what?!), split free throws from Nick Collison, and then a nifty pump-and-dump 3 from Serge Ibaka, and there it was, the Thunder had clawed back to 101-98, 3:15 to go. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 97.4 (29th), Nuggets – 104.4 (20th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.4 (10th), Nuggets – 110.1 (24th)
The Thunder got its first win of the season against these Nuggets, but that was with Perry Jones and Andre Roberson. On the second night of a back-to-back the Thunder again are searching for consistent offense. Through the first 20 minutes of last night’s game the Thunder moved the ball well getting open look after open look until it all went south.
Reggie Jackson’s 10 points on 13 shots isn’t going to get it done. He looks to be passing up easy looks in the paint for a three-point shot for a teammate, and while you like to see the unselfish play, he’s got to take more than 13 shots. Keep Reading…
Anthony Slater: “The first 18 minutes of this game went about as smooth as possible for the Thunder. Balanced scoring, easy looks, swarming defense. OKC led 39-22 at one point. But the final 30 minutes were about as bad as we’ve seen. Sporadic scoring, aimless shot selection and unenergized defense. Throughout this understandably tough early-season stretch, the Thunder has prided itself on remaining competitive. But that wasn’t the case Tuesday night in Utah. The Jazz went on a 58-22 mid-game run and cruised to an easy 17-point win. OKC looked helpless down the stretch — a string of frustrated Scott Brooks timeouts only delaying another inevitable loss. The record sits at 3-9 and the hole continues to deepen. We’re only 13 percent of the way into the season — the equivalent of 2.1 NFL games. So it’s far too early to panic. There’s a ton of time for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to return and salvage this thing. But some wins in the meantime would be helpful.”
Russell Westbrook on picking glasses: “It’s important to have a variety. I like to wear different colored frames based on what I’m wearing and what colors I have on. Plastic glasses are more affordable so people can own more frames in different colors.” Keep Reading…
With 6:03 left in the second quarter, the Thunder were rolling. Up 39-22 on the Jazz, playing with impressive energy, executing quality offense, making shots, and looking like a team intent on washing the bad taste of two heartbreaking losses out of their mouths.
After the bucket to put the Thunder up 17 — a slick Steven Adams finish — the Thunder didn’t make another basket until Kendrick Perkins dropped in a little shotput with 16 seconds left in the half. The Thunder scored one point — ONE — during that span, coming on a technical foul by Quin Snyder, where he scared his team into playing better, and might’ve scared the Thunder too while he was at it.
The Thunder still led 40-28 after Snyder’s technical, and slogged into halftime with a lead, 42-40. But the implosion had already begun as the Jazz opened up the game with a 32-17 third quarter, exposing yet another anemic offensive performance. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 98.3 (28th), Jazz – 108.1 (9th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.1 (10th), Jazz – 114.0 (29th)
Oklahoma City heads west to face the 4-7 Jazz tonight. The Thunder took another loss on Sunday night, this one to the Houston Rockets in one of the ugliest NBA games you’ll see all season long.
For the Jazz, and first-year coach Quinn Snyder it’s about a balanced offensive attack led by shooting guard Gordon Hayward, with averages of 19.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.8 apg. The Jazz has three other players averaging double-figures in Enes Kanter (12.6), Derrick Favors (16.9) and Alec Burks (13.5). Keep Reading…