The Thunder took a 1-0 series lead, but after a game of ups and downs, they have to move on, and prepare for what's sure to be a difficult Game 2. Keep reading »
The Thunder jumped the Grizzlies from the opening tip, setting an early tone. But a third quarter collapse nearly gave things away. Keep reading »
One down, three to go.
The Thunder played roughly 34 minutes of terrific, dynamic basketball, but a third quarter slip allowed the Grizzlies to not just get back in the game for a brief moment, but affirm to themselves that they can play with OKC.
So… what caused the drastic collapse?
“It’s on me, man. I’ve got to a do a better job,” Russell Westbrook said Sunday. “I turned the ball over a few times. Pace got real slow. I was lagging. It won’t happen again. It was my fault.” Keep Reading…
At halftime, the Thunder led the Grizzlies 56-34 in what was a complete, diabolical beatdown. The way the Thunder swarmed and suffocated a good Grizzlies team made it seem almost a miracle when Memphis stumbled their way to two points.
But it was funny, because even with a 22-point lead, it felt like it should’ve been more like 62 with the way Oklahoma City absolutely demolished Memphis. The way the Thunder played, though, gave a look like yep, they were simply just waiting for this to turn off the dimmer and go full sun. They had the look of a potential playoff buzzsaw, taking that coasting nonsense from the last month and punting it from the top row of Loud City.
And then the third quarter started.
Series tied 0-0
I’ve written enough of the words about this. It’s pretty obvious what the Thunder need to do. And that’s win Game 1. Don’t give away home court advantage, don’t fall in a hole, don’t play from behind. Crank the intensity, make shots, play well. It’s a pretty simple gameplan, really.
Tip at 8:30 CT. Go Playoffs
It was some time in October 2008. I was sitting with my buddy Andy in the far reaches of Loud City, where concrete meets more concrete. It was a preseason game, I want to say against the Kings, and we watching very little of what was happening a hundred feet below us, because it was a preseason game against the Kings. So instead, we were doing a little dreaming.
“Can you imagine if this team ever got good?” Andy said.
“Yeah, like what if they made the playoffs?” I said.
Seemed quite ridiculous at the time as we watched Earl Watson take stupid 18 footers and Chris Wilcox miss point blank dunks because he tried to throw them in too hard.
Tonight, though, fittingly on April 19, the 19th anniversary of the moment this city changed forever, the Thunder will tip off in the postseason for the fifth consecutive season. Keep Reading…
Good Saturday. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. Playoffs.
Today is April 19, marking 19 years since. We all take a minute to reflect and remember where we were at 9:02. How far we’ve come, from bonding, growing, healing and rebuilding. And tonight, in Oklahoma City, the NBA playoffs will begin. An amazing story we’re writing in this town.
Thunder against the Grizzlies. Sounds about right.
The five-game burnout against Memphis for the Thunder last season had a clear caveat. This time, it’s back to all square.
The teams met four times in the regular season, with the Thunder winning three of those. Two featured Russell Westbrook (the Thunder won both of those). Only one featured Tony Allen. One was missing Mike Conley. Another, Marc Gasol.
Now though, both teams are full strength. So no excuses, no wondering what might’ve been. It’s going to be a good first round series, and one that has the potential to go either way.
But what do we know about the way these two teams match up? Here are five things to prep with: Keep Reading…
Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider: “This much is clear: Over the last three-and-a-half years, James and Durant have essentially crammed in an extra NBA season compared to the rest of the league. The burn-out factor is real, especially when you consider how much more work James and Durant had to absorb this season due to injuries suffered by their star teammates. For the first time since joining the Heat, James actually played the majority of his minutes without Wade on the court. Durant has carried a similar burden with Russell Westbrook undergoing three knee surgeries in an eight-month span. Durant played an NBA-high 3,122 minutes this season — 99 more minutes than the next-highest workload this season.”
Brian Windhorst in a 5-on-5 previewing Thunder-Grizz: “The score and time almost don’t matter. When you have Durant, anything is possible. Because of his incredible scoring ability and the difficulty even contesting his shots, leads are just not safe. He’s one of the handful of players in the league who can carry a team to a playoff series win.” Keep Reading…
The Thunder wrapped the sixth — sixth! — regular season in Oklahoma City, and before things officially proceed into the postseason, let us reflect on the fun stuff from the 82 games that we saw.
So here are what I consider the top 10 plays from the 2013-14 season. You’re not allowed to disagree because this top 10 is FACT. Keep Reading…