Reggie Jackson scored 22 while Jeremy Lamb added 21 as the Thunder snapped their six-game losing streak with a win over the Jazz. Keep reading »
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The ball found Anthony Morrow on a tipped out rebound, and he stepped into a wide open 3, nailing the kind of dagger we’ve seen Kevin Durant hit so many times to lock down Thunder wins.
There was 3:41 left, and Morrow’s 3 put the Thunder up 95-75 over the Jazz, essentially sealing a desperately needed win to snap a six-game losing streak. Scott Brooks felt it, letting out a wry grin, looking up towards Loud City, as he exhaled for probably the first time in three weeks.
“It was a good game for us,” Brooks said. “It was good to get a win. It was good to get off of three wins. The last time we were on three wins was many years ago.”
(Yeah, that got way worse. As in 3-29 worse.) Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 98.4 (29th), Jazz – 106.5 (17th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 104.3 (10th), Jazz – 111.5 (28th)
These two teams meet again for the second time in eight days. Last Tuesday night the Jazz put the clamps on the Thunder’s offense in the third quarter and cruised to an easy win in front of its home crowd. Tonight the Thunder, and the Peake, is as desperate as ever for a win, as they look to snap a six-game losing streak that started back on November 14. Keep Reading…
Will Russ play on Friday? “Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Monday didn’t rule out the possibility of Russell Westbrook returning to the lineup as early as Friday against New York. “I don’t know,” Brooks said when asked if a target date of Friday is too early. “I just focus on his work that he put in today and just continue to build off that. He will get evaluated later on this week and then we can make some of those decisions later on.” Westbrook has missed the past 13 games while recovering from a broken right hand. He was originally scheduled to be reevaluated Saturday but has already returned to practice. Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who is recovering from a broken right foot, participated in most of Monday’s practice, including most of the contact drills, Brooks said.”
And who knows about PJ3: It’s now been three weeks since Perry Jones was knocked out of a game at Toronto with a knee injury. And three weeks later, the third-year forward doesn’t appear anywhere near ready to return to the lineup. Jones was diagnosed with a right knee contusion when he bumped knees with Raptors forward Patrick Patterson on a drive to the basket. No timetable was given for Jones’ recovery. “I have no injury update on Perry,” Brooks said. “He hasn’t participated in any parts of practice. He’s just with our medical staff. Just a normal rehab process for his knee. That’s the only thing I know of right now.” Keep Reading…
They practiced: “The Thunder’s star duo practiced with the team on Monday for the first time since both went down to injury. “They did participate and looked good,” coach Scott Brooks said. Durant, the reigning league MVP, is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, while Westbrook is working his way back from a broken hand. “This week, I don’t know what day, they’ll get evaluated and we’ll go from there,” Brooks said. “They’ll continue to go through this process and when they’re ready — 100 percent ready — they’ll play.”
Scott Brook remains confident in Andre Roberson: After his latest miss, the worry again shifts to his confidence. With eight seconds left in the Thunder’s loss to the Warriors on Sunday, Roberson airballed a wide-open look with a chance to tie the game. And moments later, after the final horn, he dejectedly walked to the locker room, clearly bothered by the preceding sequence. “I’ve been around him for a year and a half,” coach Scott Brooks said. “I know the mental toughness he has. One shot is not going to make him crawl into the hole and make him not compete the next night.” And he’s not going to find himself out of the rotation, either, despite the continued shooting struggles.” Keep Reading…
Thunder players are sad: “Fourteen games into a marathon NBA season — less than 18 percent of the way through a six-month journey — it felt far more like a team that had just been eliminated in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals than one that had just suffered a random mid-November 94-92 loss to the Nets. Jeremy Lamb moved first. He headed for the door but was swarmed by reporters before he could reach it. “Stay together,” a dejected Lamb repeated in a murmur, head aimed at the floor, searching for answers that continue to elude his team. For 10 minutes, Reggie Jackson sat motionless at his locker, ice packs on his knees and a glazed look in his eyes. He eventually made his way to the shower, then emerged minutes later, blurting out “so close” multiple times to no one in particular.”
KD and Russ are practicing (yay). But so is Bro Mitch McGary: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook — the most important and identifiable quantities on the Thunder roster — are slowly nearing a return. But so is an unknown one with a yet to be determined role. Rookie forward Mitch McGary is back practicing with the Thunder after missing the last six weeks with a foot fracture. McGary was impressive early in camp, putting together a pair of eye-opening performances in the Blue and White scrimmage and the preseason opener in Denver. But he suffered the injury against the Nuggets and missed a large chunk of his first NBA training camp. Keep Reading…
Another game, another night when the shorthanded Thunder have only enough to play competitively, and not enough to win.
Oklahoma City did a commendable job slowing down Golden State on Sunday night in Chesapeake Energy Arena, but couldn’t get enough buckets or stops in the fourth quarter for the umpteenth time this season and fell 91-86 to the Warriors.
With the loss, the Thunder fell to 3-12 on the season, keeping them alone in last place at the bottom of the Western Conference. OKC has now lost six straight games.
In what has become a repetitive and painful thing to watch, the Thunder struggled to score at important junctures and found itself looking to the likes of Andre Roberson for critical jump shots in the waning moments of the game. With all that scoring and lineup flexibility on the end of the bench in street clothes, OKC just has very little scoring to turn to in a pinch when the defense takes away primary and secondary options.
The Thunder was able to at least give itself a chance to win by managing to keep Golden State in the halfcourt. Oklahoma City didn’t crash the boards on offense and concentrated on getting back to prevent the break, and limited the Warriors to only six fast-break points and slowed the game down. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 99.2 (29th), Warriors – 108.5 (9th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 105.1 (12th), Warriors – 97.9 (2nd)
In the wake of another loss Thunder fans got welcome news that Durant and Westbrook went through the non-contact portions of practice on Saturday as they both move closer and closer to returning from their respective injuries. And this news may have to serve as comfort once again as the Thunder face one of the most complete teams in basketball — the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors come in at 9-2 and are holding down 2nd place in this brutal Western Conference. In his first year as head coach Steve Kerr as already made Warriors’ front office look really good for their decision to part ways with MJax. Kerr has unleashed Steph Curry and this offense like a Katniss Everdeen exploding arrow. The Thunder — how can I say this nicely — has its hands full tonight. Keep Reading…