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Patrick Redford of Deadspin: “This is a sharp contrast to his stink bomb against the Warriors the other night, as well as the reputation he’s somewhat unfairly earned as a reckless gunner. Yes, Westbrook does tend to take a tremendous number of shots and occasionally he can shoot his team out of a game. The triple-double is an arbitrarily defined plateau that encourages a bit of stat chasing, but Westbrook is still assisting on the highest percentage of his teammate’s made baskets in the NBA and shooting at a career-best clip from three. The man is not all-volume; hell, look what he does in the clutch when every opponent knows what he’s going to do!”
John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “One game should never have much influence on the MVP race, and I think a distinction between Harden and Westbrook is fairly easy to make. Harden is carrying a huge load for the league’s second-ranked offense, while Westbrook is carrying a huge load for league’s 17th-ranked offense. The last guy to average a triple-double? Oscar Robertson. The last guy to average 29 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists (Harden’s numbers)? Oscar Robertson. Now, I just need these last three weeks to figure out if the MVP should be Harden or LeBron James.” Keep Reading…
It would be easy for the Thunder to play with low energy or play lazy defense against Philly tonight, but right out of the gate it was clear that wasn’t going to be case. In the first quarter alone, OKC blocked 5 shots and that exceptional effort-level was contagious throughout the night. The Thunder ended the game +29 in total rebounds, +12 for offensive rebounds, +26 for point in the paint and +13 for fast break points.
Russell Westbrook earned his 35th triple-double of the season. Russ ended the night with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists and 2 blocks on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Westbrook has just been unstoppable this season and Philly didn’t have a chance trying to slow him down. He’s seven triple-doubles away from breaking the single-season record and I’m convinced that he’ll be able to do it. He was determined to get his teammates involved offensively in this game and he did a great job. The Thunder aren’t getting out of the first round if Westbrook is the only offensive threat and his ability to play-make is an easy way for him to make his teammates better. Keep Reading…
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Yes the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to a Kevin Durant-less Golden State Warriors team. Yes, it was once again a blowout after the Thunder lost the 2nd quarter 34-17. And yes, once again, Klay Thompson loves playing in the Chesapeake Energy Arena. And yes, for the second year in a row, the Warriors swept the Thunder in the regular season. All of these things are true. Keep Reading…
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Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com on partying: “Then, in less than a decade, the home-court advantage gap was sliced in half. By 1996-97, home teams won only 57.5 percent of the time, by an average margin of only 2.6 points. And now, after hovering around 60 percent for most of the 2000s, home-court advantage is dropping again. This season, it sits at an all-time low of 57.4 percent. What’s causing the drop? Are refs monitored better and therefore less susceptible to the home crowd’s jeers? Are the crowds themselves quieter, populated as they are by iPhone-gripping, corporate-ticket-holding fans? Is something even weirder going on? I spoke with dozens of players, coaches, team trainers and front-office execs, and most think the same thing is happening: NBA players are sleeping more and drinking less.”
Read this by Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com on PB&Js: “Growing up in Latvia, Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis had never heard of a PB&J. Then he joined the NBA. “I fell in love,” he told The Wall Street Journal. Pacers nutritionist Lindsay Langford says rookie Georges Niang begs — yes, begs — for her PB&J recovery-shake recipe (frozen blueberries, vanilla whey protein, creamy peanut butter and milk), which she makes, once a week, to his delight. Warriors forward Kevin Durant is such a fan that he worked with Nike to unveil a PB&J-colored sneaker. His ex-teammate Russell Westbrook prefers a pregame marriage of Skippy and strawberry jelly between toasted wheat bread, halved sometimes, depending on his mood, with butter slathered on the inside.” Keep Reading…
The Thunder started the week off in promising fashion, building on their win streak with wins over the Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, and Sacramento Kings by an average margin of victory of 18 points. Unfortunately, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ended the Thunder’s five-game win streak virtually by themselves, as they shot 14-27 from beyond the arc, and the Golden State Warriors walloped the Thunder into oblivion by 16 points (and it was much worse than that).
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Whoa my Russ. Okay, so a part of this is good fortune, but I still watched this in amazement approximately 200 times. Keep Reading…
Ethan Strauss of ESPN.com: “The collectively aware synchronicity kept thwarting Westbrook’s at times bullheaded approach. This dynamic played out again, with Westbrook grinding to a halt against a wall of switching and pounding the rock into the floor as his energy — and that of his teammates — waned. When Westbrook finally took to the bench before the fourth quarter, he ended his evening on 4 of 16 shooting for 15 points. That isn’t an entirely atypical Westbrook performance in this matchup. Since Steve Kerr became the Warriors coach, Russell Westbrook is shooting 35.1 percent in 11 games against Golden State, his worst percentage against a single opponent during that time period.”
ESPN Stats: “This is the first time that the Thunder franchise has lost four games by at least 10 points to the same opponent in a single season since 2006-07, when they were still the Seattle SuperSonics and lost to the Spurs by 19, 20, 31 and 41 points. The Warriors have beaten both the Clippers and the Thunder by 10 points in each of their four meetings with those foes this season. The Warriors’ run of regular-season success against the Thunder dates to Steve Kerr’s start as Golden State’s head coach. They are 10-1 against the Thunder in the regular season under Kerr. The only team against which the Warriors have a better record (11-1) during that time is the Clippers.” Keep Reading…