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Offensive Rating: Thunder – 104.7 (18th), Wolves – 102.1 (24th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.6 (10th), Wolves – 112.5 (30th)
It’s back to the Peake tonight for Oklahoma City after going 3-2 on a tough road trip. Wins at Orlando, Miami and Washington feel a little differently after consecutive losses at Atlanta and Cleveland. At 22-22 the Thunder has two golden opportunities to build on the good, and fix the not so good with games against the last place teams in both the Eastern and Western conferences. Keep Reading…
Klay Thompson erupts for 52 points, including a record 37 points in a single quarter. The Warriors are a league best 36-6. And all I can think of is how the Warriors could have had James Harden, and how Thompson could be playing for the Thunder right now.
(Insert record scratch sound here)
Bear with me for a moment. This requires some backstory. Keep Reading…
Andrew Gilman of Fox Sports Southwest: “However, OKC did seem to be playing its best basketball of the season, starting with a home win against Golden State and then extending the winning on in Orlando, Miami and then Washington. But, as is the case with Oklahoma City this year and in years past, the extension of greatness generally doesn’t reach past Westbrook and Durant. Winning at Atlanta and at Cleveland were not going to be easy on a good day, so don’t consider the defeats opportunities lost, consider them opportunities squandered. A win at either, and both games were gettable as the Thunder led in the second half against Cleveland and were close in the fourth quarter at Atlanta, and momentum could have carried OKC to a long run of wins. Instead, this team is exactly where we thought they might be, even with Durant and Westbrook healthy.”
Shoals for GQ on the Thunder and Cavs: “Who knows how long this warm and fuzzy feeling will last. At some point, the Thunder will probably go white-hot, soar into the postseason, and scare the living shit out of whomever has to face them in the first round. This will happen and we’ll forget all about OKC’s adversity. The Cavs will eventually exhaust our patience and quite possibly take a mulligan on this season. At some point, “what’s going on with LeBron?” could morph into “what’s wrong with LeBron?” Lucky for them, they’ll always be in the mix in the woeful East—a security blanket of sorts, but hardly reassurance.” Keep Reading…
CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant summarized Sunday’s loss to the Cavs simply:
“I think we played a good game. We passed the ball well, we defended well,” Durant said. “They hit more free throws than us and they hit more 3s. But we defended well. They made some shots, we had some good looks and missed them. But I think we played a good game. We pretty much did whatever we wanted, but they came out on top,” Durant said. “They hit some big shots.”
It might seem like sacrilege to say that after a loss, especially, you know, considering circumstances, but it’s mostly true. The Thunder moved the ball really well. They generated a lot of clean, open looks. They got a bunch of stops. They took care of the ball (eight turnovers). They just didn’t do enough to win the game. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 104.9 (18th), Cavs – 110.0 (5th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.2 (8th), Cavs – 108.4 (25th)
LeBron vs. KD at 2:30 on ABC (Let’s keep it 100, today’s primer could end right there).
This is a big one. A big one for the league, and its fans. A big one for both teams after both got off to disappointing starts for different reasons. A big one as both teams are trying to climb the standings before the All-Star break, and both playing really well in its last five games respectively. Let’s dive in. Keep Reading…
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They didn’t get to meet in the matchup in OKC earlier, so tomorrow with be their only (unless!) meeting of the season soak it in.
“trade serge, not the same iblocka. Get a real forward. He has no offense now that he’s 3crazy. His defense dropped also.”
Seven days ago, Ibaka scored 27 against the Warriors, including 14 in the fourth quarter. He’s 18th in the league in Real Plus-Minus. He’s shooting better than 40 percent from 3. All told, he’s having another very good season.
But tonight, Paul Millsap worked him over. And since some people can apparently only remember literally the last game they just watched, Ibaka got called “soft,” he’s “killing” the Thunder, he “sucks” and “didn’t come back from Spain” and is having a “horrible” season. These are things people say when the Thunder lose. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 104.9 (18th), Hawks – 109.4 (7th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.2 (8th), Hawks – 101.8 (3rd)
That’s four in a row, and five out six for the Thunder. Wednesday night in Washington Kevin Durant poured in 34 points with seven rebounds and three assists in front of his family and friends in his much-anticipated homecoming. The “KD2DC” signs were all over the arena, and Russell Westbrook had had enough. With two late game layups, including the game-winner with .8 seconds left, Russ not so politely said, “Yea, he’ll be leaving with me.”
Tonight the Thunder is in Atlanta to face the scorching hot Hawks — winners of 14 in a row. Keep Reading…