Durant and Westbrook named to All-NBA teams

For a third straight year, Kevin Durant has been named to the NBA’s first team All-NBA squad.

He’s joined by LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant.

Durant, who has been named to three straight All-Star teams and won three straight scoring titles, finished as runner-up to LeBron James for the MVP.

Russell Westbrook was named to the second team with Tony Parker, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Andrew Bynum. Westbrook received five first team votes.

The third team is Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki.

Westbrook, who could’ve now been eligible for the Rose Rule extension bump had he not waived it, has a strong case to be on the first team. He had probably his best season, finished fifth in scoring, and grew into one of the best three or four scorers in the game. Hard to remove CP3 or Kobe to insert Russ, but he certainly has a case.

KellOne
2012-05-24 21:43:55
That's amazing.  an EC game that goes triple digits.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:44:25
Twenty turnovers. 
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:44:36
@Jooseppi Thats were the softness Bird was saying comes into play.
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:42:23
S-O-F-T
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:43:06
 @aise0603 They aren't the same type of player and Lebron has tons more experience then Lebron.   I don't know why people want to compare who is the greatest ever stuff.   Lebron is Lebron   KD is KD
Tronchaser
2012-05-24 21:41:21
 @Old Man Game That is painful to watch, and thankfully, not representative of how they are playing currently.
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:41:49
 @ThunderWins  I think it's fair to compare the players that finished 1st and 2nd in the MVP race.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:41:20
@Jooseppi Same here, thats actually where i got the idea of that trade. If the Pacers really want to be good they'll get either or. Being able to say you can bring West off the bench because you have T-Rex, or Millsap starting is a huge advantage. Not to mention they'll always have huge bodies down low. Hell if Al decided to just straight win a ring at a reasonable price, i would love to have him on this team off the bench. However he'll be getting overpaid for the next few seasons.
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:40:18
 @Jooseppi not an odd play, though. Did you see that last play?
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:40:40
 @aise0603 Yup.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:40:59
Its not even fair comparing the two - Lebron great down low on drives,  KD great on shots from everywhere.
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:39:39
 @Jooseppi you pass over the top no low entry passes.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:39:48
 @aise0603 Odd game to make that point.
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:39:54
 @aise0603 durant needs to gain some weight plain and simple.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:38:39
This is why Hibbert is an issue. He's 7-foot-2 and they are taking him out because he keeps getting ripped defensively.
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:39:30
I love Durant but Lebron is on another level!
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:37:37
 @ElMexiThunder  @ThunderWins Anyone have any magic elixir to give Brooks to turn him into a clone of Pop?
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:38:34
So does this mean that Chris Bosh is terrible again?
C-Wil
2012-05-24 21:36:35
If Pacer fans leave now, they'll be able to avoid all the traffic. 
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:36:51
@C-Wil and shootings.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:36:52
 @ElMexiThunder They've been turning it over a bunch trying to get it inside but they need to be more creative. They have time, they can take up a lot of the shot clock. West/Hibbert are 15-23 for 36.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:36:34
@ThunderWins @C-Wil and play calling. Dude almost makes me glad we have Scott Brooks. I don't like Scott Brooks lol...
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:34:05
 @C-Wil And Vogel will have to stop with the terrible lineups.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:34:25
3 games in a row now, where Indy just seems lost on the offensive end. Like Lost Ones Said. You got a 6'9/6'10ish PF, and a 7'2 C, who tower over Miami's front court, but you'll continue to try to shoot those turrible 3's, and go away from those easy baskets when you really need it? Granger playing mediocre defense against Lebron, George just a young dude figuring out how to guard a elite guard. Your PG's being inconsistent, your coach kinda stunking it up.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 21:32:56
 @Tequila or Failure just wait a minute and they usually show up
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:34:02
 @ElMexiThunder I have a friend who is a Utah fan and has an irrational love for Granger and an irrational hatred for Millsap. He talks about a trade like that all the time.
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 21:31:57
So does anyone else post comments, leave the site, come back & they're gone or is it just me?
C-Wil
2012-05-24 21:30:12
Pacers coulda been up 3-1 in this series, but they were way too soft and let Miami punk and bully them. If and when Indiana grows up, they could be really good.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:30:35
 @ElMexiThunder  @Jooseppi Thought Millsap was signed for longer than next season. Was wrong.  Jefferson is the odd man out after next season I imagine. $15 mil expiring contract a good trade piece.  If I were Utah I'd bee seeing if I could bait anybody into a Kanter trade to get into this draft.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:27:58
@Jooseppi Yeah, Jazz will more then likely want to keep Milllsap, but if Favors starts playing to his potential they'll want to go with the younger more athletic guy. Paul George always comes off to me as more of a 6'6, 6'7 guy. His arms are long as spears though.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:25:56
 @ElMexiThunder Paul George is 6'8". He's not small for the 3. Granger for Millsap + stuff to make the money work?
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:26:14
 @ElMexiThunder Utah says no but decent trade for both.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:27:26
 @ElMexiThunder I wondered if there was something wrong with my eyes as I watched the Heat a bunch of easy layups.
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 21:25:11
Oh just advance Miami to the finals already. This is painful to watch. 
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:25:16
Pacers shot themselves in the foot, with the rush shots, and over helping on defense.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:23:26
 @ThunderChick2010  @Lost Ones  @f5alcon  @shiki You know it.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:23:48
@KellOne @Lost Ones No even worse, Granger.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:22:33
 @Lost Ones  @f5alcon  @shiki I was making fun of myself.
KellOne
2012-05-24 21:22:34
 @Lost Ones Kobe's there?
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 21:22:52
 @Jooseppi  @Lost Ones  @f5alcon  @shiki  Math major, eh?
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:20:52
Strong gust of wind.
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:21:41
 you got a 7"2 center and a 6"9 PF and you shooting 3s?
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:22:12
 @Jooseppi  @f5alcon  @shiki lmao calm down i forgot his contract sheesh.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:20:23
4 guys that may not be with the team their with now in the next two seasons. O.J.Mayo, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Kevin Martin, and Monta Ellis. Paul Millsap, and Al Jefferson. Get one of the SG's move George to the 3(he'll be a lil small), and trade for one of those big men, move West to the bench. Now you have a better starting unit, and a sixth man.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:19:12
 @Lost Ones  @f5alcon  @shiki 2 years, $20 mil. $10 mil per.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:19:47
 @Lost Ones  @f5alcon  @shiki 20 / 2 = 10. Yeah, I went to college.
shiki
2012-05-24 21:17:29
 @Lost Ones he had .433 FG% against 2 SF,lebron and battier.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 21:18:06
 @shiki  @Lost Ones he would be ok for about half of his salary
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:18:45
 @f5alcon  @shiki Whats his salary i thought it was 4 years 30 or something like that.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 21:17:04
 @ThunderChick2010 i think its a glitch, they both show riane to me
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:14:31
imagine if we would have signed david west 
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:15:37
 @Lost Ones No cap room.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:16:12
 @KellOne  @blueRAP Coach Vogel if you don't want Lebron to gloat - STOP HIM!
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:13:27
why bron running away from the ball.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 21:13:06
 @f5alcon Off topic, but I'm puzzled like cemitten . . . why DOES your avatar show up as Riane to the left of your comments but cartoon dude near the like button?  Is that something you can do on purpose or just a glitch?
Lasers
2012-05-24 13:33:42
Pretty surprised Wade ended up on third team, I know he missed a lot, but in a world where Melo still makes it you'd think you'd see Wade 2nd team.
Lasers
2012-05-24 13:34:29
A testament to the Honey Badger
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 13:45:05
 @Lasers  Yeah.... kinda hard for me to put Melo on that list before Wade. I'm glad to see Love got more votes that Griffin.
aise0603
2012-05-24 13:49:23
Westbrook should've been first team over Paul.  I think that Paul is better against bad D but Westbrook is dominant against good D.  In the playoffs, give me Westbrook every day of the week over Paul.
aise0603
2012-05-24 13:53:36
Did anyone else notice that officiating crew that called the Philly-Boston game last night was the same one that called the 70 freethrow game 3 for the Thunder-Laker series.  They were not calling stuff that was 50 times more physical than the Thunder-Lakers game.  Things that make you go hmmm...
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 13:57:25
 @aise0603 To be fair can you imagine that game last night being even uglier
bmuelle2112
2012-05-24 14:01:02
I'm going to get a husky puppy and name it Kevin...idk why but a husky puppies just look like they would make a good Kevin lol
ATH
2012-05-24 14:02:01
So Cousy made 12 All-NBA Teams, Stockton and Oscar Robertson each made 11, Magic made 10, Payton 9, Steve Nash 7, Iverson 7, Isiah Thomas 5, Kevin Johnson 5, Tim Hardaway 5. Chris Paul has made 4 now. Russ' durability could help put him in some amazing company. Keeping up a 1st/2nd-Team level of play would make it really special.   
Thunder S
2012-05-24 14:06:14
man, hollinger's preview of the WCF today is flat out scary.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 14:07:08
 @ATH lebron and durant certainly will have more than 12 by the end.
TempBoy Brandon
2012-05-24 14:08:04
Kinda surprised to hear that Carmelo has never made an All-NBA First Team, and has only made one All-NBA Second Team.
ATH
2012-05-24 14:08:28
 @f5alcon Kobe will have the record, looks like. He'll probably end up with 16 or 17 selections. Durant has a chance to beat out Shaq and Karl Malone's 14. 
f5alcon
2012-05-24 14:10:42
 @aise0603 I love russ, but paul had the better season, he shot better percentages, had significantly more assists and less turnovers and the clippers win percentage increased 20% because of him.
ATH
2012-05-24 14:11:39
 @f5alcon It'll be hard to catch LeBron. He's really durable.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 14:11:50
 @Thunder S Haven't had time to watch . . . What's he mainly saying?
f5alcon
2012-05-24 14:13:42
 @ATH i dunno if kobe will get 2 or 3 more, age has to catch up with him.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 14:14:43
 @TempBoy Brandon melo has underperformed since he came to the nba.
ATH
2012-05-24 14:19:28
 @f5alcon He made All-Defense... It isn't about reality with Kobe. If he's playing big minutes (which he will with the monstrous contract he's fulfilling) he'll get the votes. 
f5alcon
2012-05-24 14:20:17
 @ATH yeah thats true
Thunder S
2012-05-24 14:24:00
 @ThunderChick2010 o its an article on the website, but he mainly  talked about scary good spurs have been :/ (w/ their offense, bench, record) and how even us going small hasnt really changed much.    Here's an ominous quote. dont mean to sour the mood here, and i desperately hope he's wrong:   "That's why I keep saying nobody is beating this San Antonio team; it's a tribute to the Thunder's talent that they'll be able to make this series somewhat competitive. But it will also show the young Thunder how much further they have to go to match the franchise they've worked so hard to emulate. San Antonio will finally lose a game, but I doubt it will lose more than once."      
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 14:31:56
Thanks.  Sounds like a challenge to me.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 14:33:42
 @aise0603 Kobe was the one undeserving of first team.
405Thunder
2012-05-24 14:33:51
Congrats to KD and Russell. Well deserved.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 14:33:56
Or you could get a bearded dragon lizard and name it James . . .
405Thunder
2012-05-24 14:35:51
 @ThunderChick2010  Agreed. I feel good about the series. Not "we're definitely going to win" good, but at least "we're not going to make fools of ourselves win". If that's any better?
405Thunder
2012-05-24 14:38:07
 @TempBoy Brandon  There were years where he probably should have made All-NBA first team, but he'll always be overshadowed by LeBron and now KD. If he started playing more consistent D and he carried a team for a whole year to the conference finals or something, though? He'd definitely deserve it.
dantheman
2012-05-24 14:40:24
 @405Thunder  @TempBoy Brandon  When has he ever deserved it?
dantheman
2012-05-24 14:41:36
 @405Thunder  @TempBoy Brandon  2 of Lebron, Dirk, KD, Garnett, Stoudemire/Duncan (depending on how they were listed) have always been better than him.
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 14:47:52
Why Y'all worried about the spurs? We got this!
bmuelle2112
2012-05-24 14:49:56
 @ThunderChick2010 but huskies are more cute haha
ou_sas
2012-05-24 14:50:08
 @405Thunder I think if we get swept, I'll be angry. If we lose in 5 close games, I'll be upset. If we take it to 7, I'll be sad but understanding.     That said, if we win, I'll be ecstatic.
ou_sas
2012-05-24 14:54:07
 @405Thunder Okay, I'm done with being pessimistic ou_sas. Let's go Thunder! We can play and beat any team in this league! #Anygivenseries
persiansooner13
2012-05-24 14:57:32
harden got 8 pts (most likely meaning 8 3rd team votes) http://www.nba.com/2012/news/05/24/all-NBA-teams/   Who the HELL gave melo a first place vote
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 14:58:26
 @ou_sas  @405Thunder *high five*
persiansooner13
2012-05-24 14:58:28
and serge got 2 3rd team votes
walkerdog
2012-05-24 14:59:07
LETS GO THUNDER.  WE DON'T FEAR NO SPURS AROUND HERE
persiansooner13
2012-05-24 14:59:51
WHAT THE HELL IS SPUR ANYWAY. LOSERS.
ou_sas
2012-05-24 15:02:06
 @ThunderChick2010  @405Thunder Man, all of the Spurs love on all of the blogs has been getting to me. It took some DT to get me back into my Thunder fan groove again. Thanks, everyone!
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 15:04:35
 @ou_sas  @405Thunder Well, you know I'm optimistic to a fault, but . . .  On one hand, I look at the Spurs in much the same way I looked at the Mavs last year--just more mature and crafty.  On the other hand, I feel our team has shown us so much more in terms of tenacity and resolve this year.  I don't think they're done surprising us yet.  
f5alcon
2012-05-24 15:14:58
 @ThunderChick2010  spurs dont have a dirk-like player who can take over or a chandler level defender.   Plus harden can just beardmerize them.
Lasers
2012-05-24 15:16:56
 @f5alcon  @ThunderChick2010 That's right, a good system can only get you so far. Durant's ready to take this. #rageagainstthemachine
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 15:23:46
 @f5alcon Gosh . . . I wanted to use my term, but I just can't bring myself to do it.
EatSleepThunder
2012-05-24 15:24:38
All sportcenter talks about is spurs, lakers, spurs, heat, spurs, pacers, spurs, celtics, lakers, 76ers, spurs.... we'll show them sunday.
Lasers
2012-05-24 15:24:39
 @ThunderChick2010  @f5alcon Tim Duncan has the same problem.
Lasers
2012-05-24 15:25:19
 @ThunderChick2010  @f5alcon maybe too salty there, my b
Tronchaser
2012-05-24 15:28:52
 @f5alcon +1 for you. Didn't read what you wrote, but saw your avatar and stopped there.
EatSleepThunder
2012-05-24 15:30:36
 @Tronchaser  @f5alcon ...dang it. it still shows his old avatar for me
Tronchaser
2012-05-24 15:31:21
 @EatSleepThunder  @f5alcon log out and log back in?  Or hit f5, that did it for me.
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 15:36:00
avery bradley to have shoulder surgery
walkerdog
2012-05-24 15:38:18
 @persiansooner13 Shit that goon the bottom of a boot
f5alcon
2012-05-24 15:38:52
  @ThunderChick2010 Not sure yours works here, i think of it as more of active thing, a reaction to things he does, whereas beardmerized is more of a passive state.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 15:41:20
 @EatSleepThunder  it is riane the thundergirl. I will switch back before the next game, or when my girlfriend finds out.
EatSleepThunder
2012-05-24 15:47:00
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/fp/flashPollResultsState?sportIndex=sportsnation&pollId=139786 47% of people arent beardmerized yet
f5alcon
2012-05-24 15:48:03
 @EatSleepThunder who would have thought wyoming is full of spurs fans.
sammasaaron
2012-05-24 15:53:58
 @Thunder S Meh, I've been underwhelmed with Hollinger's analysis recently. Particularly, he's at pains to point out that our playoff roads (Thunder and Spurs, that is) haven't been much different based on the win %s of our opponents. However, even though it's pretty much the only topic where the Thunder are concerned, Hollinger conveniently ignores the fact that we played two veteran playoff contenders while the Spurs played young upstarts getting their first taste of the playoffs. The Spurs are great, likely better than the Thunder overall and possibly an all-time great team. But they aren't the juggernaut that Hollinger has been gushing about - he just likes the pretty efficiency numbers.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 15:56:01
 @sammasaaron  yeah we beat the last 2 champions, they beat a team that barely made the playoffs, and an injured clippers team that cant make foul shots(they are not free to them)
aise0603
2012-05-24 15:57:10
I wouldn't worry too much about people picking against the Thunder in this series.  Last year, the consensus was Miami over the Mavs in the finals, Lakers over the Mavs in the conference semis, Spurs over Memphis in the first round, Orlando over Atlanta in the first round.  And that includes Hollinger in all of those picks. 
DustinMcWilliams
2012-05-24 15:57:14
Did Sefolosha play in the two Spurs losses?
aise0603
2012-05-24 15:58:31
Last year, the Heat got their lunch handed to them by the Bulls during the regular season and then had to go on the road against them in the playoffs.  The Heat made short work of them.  The point is that in the playoffs, talent often wins out.  We've got more talent!
f5alcon
2012-05-24 15:59:00
 @DustinMcWilliams just the last one
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:02:27
 @sammasaaron   I'm totally with you samma!  To me, the playoffs often boil down to "You know how I want to score, I know how I want to score, can you stop me?"  The Lakers and Mavericks both have that "You can't stop what I want to do" guy while the Clippers and Jazz don't.
EatSleepThunder
2012-05-24 16:03:30
I think that lazar hayward should play more. In our losses against the spurs his +/- was +21 in a total of 16 minutes. He could be the difference maker in this series..... JUST KIDDING
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:04:13
 @sammasaaron  Last year, Hollinger picked 5 of the 15 series wrong.  That's pretty bad, I'm sorry.
todayisbananas
2012-05-24 16:06:46
 @aise0603  Why is getting your lunch handed to you a bad thing?  I always get excited when I see my lunch coming.
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:06:58
The Spurs are a gimmick offense.  I expect us to struggle early in game 1 against them but once we figure them out, I expect our superior talent to win out.
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:07:28
 @todayisbananas  I love it when a girl is packing a lunch, too.
bmuelle2112
2012-05-24 16:07:46
Heat are going to close out the series tonight in Indiana...why??   Cuz I have the Heat -3 and whatever I bet happens lol jkjk
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:15:06
What did you guys think about the suspensions in the Heat-Pacers series?
4razr
2012-05-24 16:15:14
Ancient history, but I can't help think about the last time the franchise (that would be Nick Collison) played the Spurs in the playoffs. A surprising and spunky Sonics team took the Spurs to 6 but couldn't stop them from winning it all. An untimely injury to Rashard Lewis played a big role in that series as I recall. The Spurs are the same team only very different--but still methodical and disciplined. The only real similarity between those Sonics and these is that both were perimiter-oriented teams. Can San Antonio's superor offensive balance can overcome OKC's youth, athleticism, and skill? Can't wait to watch!  
4razr
2012-05-24 16:17:09
 @aise0603  Ummmm.... What parallel universe are you posting from?
neo12
2012-05-24 16:25:05
Russ making 2nd team, doesn't affect his contract right? Drose rule doesn't apply in his case right?
f5alcon
2012-05-24 16:25:23
 @neo12 no he agreed to 25% regardless
neo12
2012-05-24 16:25:39
 @f5alcon Phew!! thanks..
f5alcon
2012-05-24 16:26:58
 @Tronchaser  press f5 gently, dont hit me,lol.
BrockSuede
2012-05-24 16:27:33
 @EatSleepThunder should be called SmokedtoomuchThunder, snicker snicker Amiright!
areayewhy
2012-05-24 16:27:48
 @f5alcon  @neo12 that's really considerate of russ
blueRAP
2012-05-24 16:28:29
 @f5alcon  @neo12 Sorry for my naivety, but what does him agreeing to 25% mean?
f5alcon
2012-05-24 16:31:08
 @blueRAP  his salary is 25% of the cap next year, the new CBA had a provision that if a player made two all nba teams they could be eligible for 30% of the cap, but he waived that right.
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:31:55
 @f5alcon  @blueRAP  two all NBA teams or one MVP, it's called the 'Derrick Rose' Rule.
EatSleepThunder
2012-05-24 16:34:03
 @BrockSuede When the thunder dont play for 6 days, your schedule clears up. When your schedule clears up, you have to much free time. When you have too much free time... well
f5alcon
2012-05-24 16:41:17
 @aise0603  or two all star starts.
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:46:29
 Do you think that the weight of that contract negotiation was a direct contributor to RW's poor start or in your opinion, was it a coincidence?
gnaygg
2012-05-24 16:46:47
Now, can westbrook,s contract restructured so he gets 30% salary cap on his first year and reduce his salary on his second till fifth years. It will reduce thunder salary when harden n ibaka are due
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 16:51:20
 @aise0603 i think it's possible that he decided to go ahead and get the contract done during the season because it was weighing on him and affecting his play
f5alcon
2012-05-24 16:55:06
 @gnaygg probably possible but he already agreed to not
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:57:45
The Spurs are a regular season team. (This version, not the old school version from 2007).  The problem with them is that they are fantastic when teams can't do advanced scouting on them but as a series continues, their gimmick offense won't work and then what?  They just won't be able to score once the Thunder gets intimate with the Spurs set plays.
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 16:58:39
 @gnaygg wouldn't it make more sense for durant to restructure? since he makes 30% and on top of that has a ton on national endorsements? i still doubt either do
gnaygg
2012-05-24 16:59:43
@f5alcon you get me wrong. I mean 30% salary only first year. Second to fif year are less than 25% salary.
aise0603
2012-05-24 16:59:54
 @OBoymuzik  @gnaygg  I may be wrong, but I don't think Durant makes 30%
aise0603
2012-05-24 17:00:59
The Thunder are going to move KD to the 4 and he will light them up all day long.  How'd the Spurs do against Zebo last year in the first round? 
neo12
2012-05-24 17:01:06
 @f5alcon  @gnaygg Durant's contract was first to be eligible for DRose rule.  He's making 2.5mil more per year.  I'd bet he be willing to restructure if that meant we could keep both JH/Serge.
neo12
2012-05-24 17:01:24
 @aise0603  @OBoymuzik  @gnaygg Durant's contract was first to be eligible for DRose rule.  He's making 2.5mil more per year.  I'd bet he be willing to restructure if that meant we could keep both JH/Serge.
neo12
2012-05-24 17:04:48
 @aise0603 Let's hope this is the case.  The extra time before the series start will benefit the thunder.  Not sure any team has found an effective way to defend the spurs, so scottie's got his work cut out for him
gnaygg
2012-05-24 17:06:37
@OBoymuzik durant's contract is max of the max. No wiggle room to restrcture.westbrook has agreed to 25% , while he is eligible for 30%. There is wiggle room for his contract
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 17:06:44
 @aise0603 Zbo killed the spurs last year...but that doesn't mean durant will kill them at the 4...Zbo is a million times more physical than KD and last year he was dominant in post up iso's...Durant can still be effective at the 4 but he does it by taking players off the dribble and stretching the defense out to the perimeter...he has added some post moves in his game this year but it is probably the weakest part of his offensive game and he commits lots of turnovers in the post
jdstorm
2012-05-24 17:14:23
 @EatSleepThunder While I think that the thunder need another capable wing player for the series against the spurs. LAZAR probably isn't that guy
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-24 17:15:27
I'm beginning to think aise0603 is reverse-trolling all of us. #CobraKai!
f5alcon
2012-05-24 17:15:47
 @jdstorm those just grow on trees
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-24 17:17:21
 @gnaygg While the CBA doesn't specifically state that you cannot restructure your contracts, the NBPA would never approve, which means it's not an option for anyone.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 17:18:18
 @Jax Raging Bile Duct you can restructure just only to get more money, see perkins when he signed with us.
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-24 17:19:34
 @f5alcon Yes. I should have stated that I was referring to a downward adjustment to the contract. Good edit.
gnaygg
2012-05-24 17:25:22
@Jax Raging Bile Duct @f5alcon it is not downward adjustment. First year is upward. Second to fifth are downward. The total is the same.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 17:30:18
 @gnaygg  @Jax  @f5alcon still dont think it would work, and there are surely not doing it or they could have just agreed to a front loaded contract from the start.
justin_mia
2012-05-24 17:49:46
Radmanovic got hurt early in the series, then Lewis got hurt in game three.  Damien Wilkens (!) stepped up and we won game four without Lewis or Radmanovic.  Almost took them to game seven, Ray had a three pointer clang out at the buzzer in game six...  it was a great series.  Nazr Mohammed was a part of it too.
ThunderBelize
2012-05-24 17:49:53
@Royce Young ... Are we not going to get a practice report segment this week?
ThunderBelize
2012-05-24 17:56:20
 @f5alcon They did a front load with Collison when he renewed. but that was done at signing... I am sure there is flexibility so long as the numbers don't change over the course of the contract. 
Legendary_dork
2012-05-24 17:57:52
i like how the spurs are saying, were coming for westbrook, its on ect... do they realize that we are coming for them too. This is a different russ, they dont have blair out there getting rebounds and for some god damned reason 22 points on us.    Do they realize that THEY havent faced a team like us this playoffs. They talk big but they got an easy schedule. we had to fight and scrap for our wins.     i cannot WAIT for sunday  THUNDER UP
divisadero
2012-05-24 17:58:13
 @aise0603 Seemed about right.  Hansborough could have justifiably been suspended, but his seemed like the least egregious foul. With the exception of a couple pretty plays by LeBron each game, that is a hard series to watch.  SA/OKC, I think/hope, will be the opposite.
ThunderBelize
2012-05-24 17:58:49
 @justin_mia Was that 2005 or 2006? I think it was after the Jerome James Sacramento Kings "Garbage Bag" series. Right?
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 17:59:32
 @Legendary_dork I don't think it was meant anywhere close to the way it's been construed. 
cemitten
2012-05-24 17:59:37
so i've been mentioning how i don't see that f5alcon changed his profile pic.  Now I know livefyre is just trolling me. http://i.imgur.com/X1btS.jpg
Legendary_dork
2012-05-24 18:02:35
 @Jooseppi i do. parker is a prick. and the spurs are cocky.  They probably legitimately think we are the thunder from last year. Thats why they are trying to BAIT russ into taking shots and going all last years russ.  i got a news flash. russ lite up the lakers and the mavs. 
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 18:04:14
 @Legendary_dork What is he supposed to say? "No, we're going to play him soft." I don't see that happening.
Legendary_dork
2012-05-24 18:07:59
 @Jooseppi how about NOTHING at all. instead of going on and saying that KNOWING russ and them would hear it. Its a mental tactic. And here i thought the spurs just thought about game after game pop?  you got your guys out there talking shit. yeah real classy 
justin_mia
2012-05-24 18:08:25
 @Legendary_dork  @Jooseppi Look at who was defending Russ.  Tony Parker is right, Russ hasn't squared off against great competition yet in the playoffs.  And last time they played each other Parker chewed him up and spat him out.  
justin_mia
2012-05-24 18:08:55
 @Legendary_dork  @Jooseppi Are you twelve years old?
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-05-24 18:09:18
 @justin_mia  @Legendary_dork  @Jooseppi Are you a Thunder fan?
justin_mia
2012-05-24 18:09:23
 @ThunderBelize Yup!  2004-05.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 18:10:09
 @Legendary_dork He's doing his job and answering questions. I don't see anything wrong with it. It's not like he said "OKC is a bunch of scrubs and this is going to be a cakewalk, specifically because Westbrook is the worst point guard of all time."
Legendary_dork
2012-05-24 18:11:35
 @Jooseppi  im not implying that. i said its a mental tactic to get to russ. They still see him as some guy with a chip on his shoulder..and he is but he isnt as hot headed and stupid as he used to be. They are just going to wake up a sleeping giant lol .   Justin thats not the point. Last game nazr tried to defend and hes to damn slop, parker just got around him like a cheetah going around a fat kid
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 18:15:34
 @Legendary_dork I think you're projecting a tad. I'm not the biggest Parker fan but I disagree. Oh well :)
persiansooner13
2012-05-24 18:16:28
 @divisadero  @aise0603 pittman is soo lucky stephenson is a tough SOB because if he embellished that even a little bit it would have been much worst. That would be big for a guy who makes that little
cemitten
2012-05-24 18:18:46
    1  2  3  4 SA 30 35 27 22 OK 19 29 31 26   This was the scoring breakdown our last game with the spurs. They came out hot as hell and torched us.  They couldn't miss a shot.  What people are forgetting is we beat them in the second half.  They tried to bench their starters and had to bring them back in just to conserve the lead.  I would put down a TON of money saying we don't give up 65 in the first half while only scoring 48.  Its just not gonna happen.  That last spurs game was our worse half of the season. This series is going six and then we'll move on to the finals.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 18:22:50
 @aise0603 Pittman's foul was worse than MWP/Harden. Thought he should have been done for the playoffs. It was flat out head hunting.
jdstorm
2012-05-24 18:24:35
 @f5alcon They might not grow on trees. but right now, in my opinion the thunder don't have a "pure" Small Forward on they're roster, and that will be a problem this series.   
dollarbillrussell
2012-05-24 18:30:14
 @aise0603 I might tend to agree with this if they hadn't won 8 playoff games in a row.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 18:30:39
For basketball's sake, I hope this Indy-Miami series is pushed to seven games. I don't want the only game between the end of this one and the Game 1 of the WCF to be Philly-Boston. That's just cruel.
dollarbillrussell
2012-05-24 18:32:25
 @ThunderBelize  @f5alcon We're not going to be able to pay any of our stars the $25-30 million in the first year it would take to front load a contract. It was able to be executed with Collison because he's a role player who's not looking to make an average of $12+ million a year.
C-Wil
2012-05-24 18:33:15
Everybody knows I'm as pessimistic as anyone and even I think we can win Game 1. It's all about imposing your will, and the Thunder have done that every game in these playoffs. The thing that worries me is that this team gets off to a slow start in games, but usually has a good second quarter and a great 3rd not to mention their ability to manage the game in the 4th. But that 1st is a killer, they need to correct that and keep the game from getting away from them right at the beginning. If they can do that, I don't see how they can't win this series. 
4razr
2012-05-24 18:37:39
 @justin_mia  Forgot about Nazr. Amazing to me that Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli are still the heart of the Spurs. I remember how close it was to going seven games, how Ray Allen's trade value was never higher, how clear it was to me that Nate should have been coach of the year. Then I remember what arrogant idiots Walker and Schultz were. sigh....
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 18:40:51
@MisterJohnsonOKC @justin_mia @Legendary_dork @Jooseppi Justin one of the best contributing posters on this board. He's been on this board for about ever really. He doesn't have tunnel vision, not saying its a bad thing to be a homer because i am. However i've seen people post on this board that they'de rather have Ibaka over Love and actually mean it. If you get my drift.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 18:44:17
@Jooseppi @Legendary_dork I'm going with jooseppl like this. Legendary dork Spurs franchise is actually one f the more classy franchise in sports.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 18:44:24
@MisterJohnsonOKC @justin_mia @Legendary_dork @Jooseppi Justin one of the best contributing posters on this board. He's been on this board for about ever really. He doesn't have tunnel vision, not saying its a bad thing to be a homer because i am. However i've seen people post on this board that they'de rather have Ibaka over Love and actually mean it. If you get my drift.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 18:47:06
@C-Wil We'll actually have to play a full 48 minutes of basketball every game in order to win. The Spurs won't be as forgiving with leads.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 18:50:36
@cemitten Another factor though, they didn't have Manu. Even though he hasn't really burst out on us. He does keep their offensive flow in rythem strongly, and is even more deadly with the PnR then Parker. PoP has gone to Parkers PnR much more this season, but considering niether Harden nor Ibaka have shown any consistent defense against it. I expect POP to run it with Manu some this series.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 18:53:12
 @ElMexiThunder  @cemitten though i also mean less minutes for other players
f5alcon
2012-05-24 18:56:14
 @justin_mia  last time they played russ had 36 points, 3 rebs and 6 asts. parker had 25 4 and 7
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 18:58:00
I'm starting to feel positive about OKC's chances in this series. They lost, badly to this very team in the regular season a couple times, but guess what, that was the regular season. You know who else our guys lost to in the regular season? Cleveland at home, the Wizards and Kings on the road. Obviously I wouldn't pick those teams over the Thunder now, few people would. I think our guys just had a tendency to lose focus at times in the regular season. Against a good team like San Antonio losing focus means it gets out of hand in a hurry.    The other thing is the opponent. If you watch what San Antonio does, it's pretty hard to game plan for that during the regular season, especially this compressed regular season. You're basically going to role the ball out there and give it your best shot. But similarly to how the D'Antoni/Nash Suns would torch people in the regular season and early rounds of the playoffs with their unique style of play, they always got ground down when they faced the tough competition in later rounds that had time to really scout them and the talent to hurt them on the offensive end. It seems at least plausible that could happen here as well (and I don't care about what they did to the Jazz that barely made the playoffs or the Clips with Blake and CP3 playing on one leg each or a leg and a half).    Don't get me wrong, it'll be tough and I'm certainly not saying it's a sure thing, but it all comes down to this, the Thunder's best is better than anyone else's best. I still honestly believe that.  If this team plays to potential it has more than enough firepower to get the job done against San Antonio. 
aise0603
2012-05-24 19:00:51
 @cemitten  This is exactly my point.  It takes awhile for a team to get used to what the Spurs are doing.  I totally expect the Thunder to struggle in the first half of game 1 and I wouldn't be shocked if they lost the game and the Spurs covered.  By game 2, the Thunder should be getting locked in and as these series progress, it starts to become a battle of 'who's got more unstoppable players' not 'who runs the best sets'.  That's playoff basketball.  The Thunder have the unstoppable players and the length and athleticism + active hands to start to bother the Spurs gimmick offense once they get used to their sets.
SaraKim
2012-05-24 19:00:57
A little surprised CP got chosen over Westbrook as Russ has been much more consisten this year than Paul.  Also surprised the defensive player of the year wasn't on the first team for defense.  Final surprise was that voters picked kobe(who couldn't stop Russ) over Thabo(who stopped kobe flat for all but one game, which is 7/8).
cemitten
2012-05-24 19:02:48
GO PACERS
aise0603
2012-05-24 19:03:00
@old man game "If you watch what San Antonio does, it's pretty hard to game plan for that during the regular season, especially this compressed regular season. You're basically going to role the ball out there and give it your best shot. But similarly to how the D'Antoni/Nash Suns would torch people in the regular season and early rounds of the playoffs with their unique style of play, they always got ground down when they faced the tough competition in later rounds that had time to really scout them and the talent to hurt them on the offensive end."   This and only this!
aise0603
2012-05-24 19:10:01
 sarakim  I totally agree that Westbrook should have been chosen but I would have been shocked had he been chosen.  The national media has a big crush on Chris Paul whose got a career 14-20 postseason record and won 2 Total playoff series in 7 seasons.  Westbrook is clearly the better player but he's never going to get the credit that a guy like Paul gets.
cemitten
2012-05-24 19:13:29
David west standing under the basket no defender in arms length. Doesn't expect the pass?
Lasers
2012-05-24 19:15:03
 @aise0603  sarakim Russ has been on a better team than the teams CP3 has been on. I think they're different players, both amazing. Russ doesn't fit into the classic point guard mold, so he's gonna get shafted because everyone's butthurt that he's surpassed their expectations.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 19:22:52
 @Lasers  @aise0603  sarakim i think the 20% better win percentage for the clippers had something to do with it.
aise0603
2012-05-24 19:32:03
Russell Westbrook is going to light the Spurs up like a Christmas Tree and the Spurs beat Chris Paul down like a rented mule.  Chris Paul is a great regular season player but if you want to win in the playoffs, it's not even close.  Westbrook has more postseason wins in 3 seasons than Paul has in 7.
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 19:42:22
Dean Blevins employer needs to offer him a raise to never talk thunder or NBA basketball ever again
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 19:43:23
Lol Amundson really did try to inbound for Miami.
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 19:44:20
Well this series appears to be all but over. 
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 19:46:44
JVGs injury stance is awesome tonight
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 19:47:50
Indiana with 8 turnovers in 14 minutes.... Doing their best (regular season) OKC impression.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 19:47:51
 @aise0603 To be fair Chris Paul was not even close to 100%. Compare Chris Paul in Spurs series vs Clippers series and you know he would have played much better.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 19:48:46
@aise0603 lol dude are you really calling Paul a regular season player? Its hard to be win the playoffs when you always have a shitty team. Take Paul away frkm the Clips you nearly have the same lottery team from last year. Not only did he take them to the 5th seed (could have even been 3rd if Billups never got hurt), but he also took them to the second round. Parker and Russ have had a better season but Pauls impact on the Clippers is a huge deal. They're another key player and a few role players from being something scary.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 19:49:00
 @Jooseppi Heat making it look easy.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 19:49:13
 @Jooseppi 4 straight turnovers
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 19:49:39
Indiana doesn't have a single player that can create a decent look. This is weak. Bird was right. 
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 19:50:13
 @ElMexiThunder  @aise0603 And LOTS of free throw practice!
Crow
2012-05-24 19:50:31
In 13 career meetings between Westbrook and Parker the Spurs have won 9. They have generally similar boxscore stats except Parker has shot a lot better: http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/h2h_finder.cgi?request=1&p1=westbru01&p2=parketo01   Maybe Westbrook did better individually in 3 of the last 4 games but the Spurs won 3 of the last 4.
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 19:51:03
Indiana needs to get George back on wade
DTfanboy
2012-05-24 19:51:40
Hey guys!  Hey guys!  We can win this thing!  All you have to do is BELIEVE!  It's like Royce always says, "Hey, get out of my house!"  And I do!  Because of the restraining order!  I love you Royce!
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 19:52:40
@f5alcon @justin_mia When Parker gets 4 rbs thats bad. I much rather he only avg 16 a game because Russ steps it up on D.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 19:53:22
Oh wow, a foul on a 3 shooter with contact below the waist. I forgot what those looked like.
Crow
2012-05-24 19:54:12
 @Old Man Game If Bird bails, he might be bailing at their peak. I don't expect more than what they have done this season from them in the future. He constructed the team, he choose the personalities.
cemitten
2012-05-24 19:54:58
I'm with JVG. I'm sick of the injury talk. If Mike Miller is hurt so badly that he is in pain every single play he shouldn't be playing!
aise0603
2012-05-24 19:55:12
He was rated as the 4th best player in the NBA before the season (KD was rated as 6th best).  The 4th best player who's main argument is that he 'makes his teammates better' but his excuse for losing is 'his teammates aren't good enough'.  Blake Griffin was rated as the tenth best player in the league but CPIII needs more help than that.  He's hurt too, for 7 seasons.  Westbrook said it best "The best point guard is the one that wins the game", I'll take me some Westbrook.
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 19:55:43
 @Crow In stock terms this is team is as overvalued as facebook. 
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 19:56:47
 @Crow  @Old Man Game Lots of free agents, restricted and unrestricted. Hibbert likely to be overpaid. They've been fun this year but I'm selling.
Crow
2012-05-24 19:57:01
Ginobili has had the weakest playoffs of his career so far. They haven't missed him but what if he bounces back?
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 19:57:48
Wow, a double dribble call. 
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 19:58:08
Turner got one last night, too. 
cemitten
2012-05-24 20:00:31
Roy Hibbert made me more of a fan after that shot.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:00:35
Little more than halfway through the second and Miami has 6 rebounds. 10 less than Indy.
Crow
2012-05-24 20:00:47
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game Granger has had a poor playoffs. George seems way over-regarded to me. Hansbrough doesnt really deserve his minutes.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:03:17
 @Crow  @Old Man Game A decent third big man is an issue. Say they sign somebody like Camby or Humphries. I'd feel good about them for next year. But Amundson-Hansbrough is a weakness. I'm not a Granger believer. 
f5alcon
2012-05-24 20:03:34
 @ElMexiThunder  @f5alcon  @justin_mia he averaged 3, so only 1 more than his average
f5alcon
2012-05-24 20:04:47
 @Jooseppi  @Crow  @Old Man Game granger just cant be the main option if he was a 2nd or 3rd option it would be ok.
Crow
2012-05-24 20:05:29
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game Big pay for Hibbert, Hill, Collison then George? At some point they stop. I do not expect them to go into the luxury tax with their lousy attendance.
cemitten
2012-05-24 20:07:05
He's a flopper!
Crow
2012-05-24 20:08:27
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game A decent third big man is an issue on many teams. Humphries is pretty  good for that role.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:08:44
 @Crow  @Old Man Game Granger's salary will come off the books in time for George to get a big pay day. Depending on the numbers they should be able to stay below or only slightly over the tax. West gone by then most likely.  A few nice pieces for other teams but long term not enough to regularly do what they've done this season. Where are they if Howard wasn't injured in the first round? Probably not here.
Crow
2012-05-24 20:10:41
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game if Bird leaves Indy, I wonder if he might end up in Orlando. Right away or in a few years. I assume if he leaves Indy he moves back to the state of Florida where he used to leave or still mainly does.
todayisbananas
2012-05-24 20:10:56
 @cemitten Loser's limp.
Crow
2012-05-24 20:11:09
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game live
todayisbananas
2012-05-24 20:12:01
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KellOne
2012-05-24 20:12:26
 @cemitten Gotta get those not-winning-the-championship-this-year-either excuses out there early to keep down the questions in the off season.
cemitten
2012-05-24 20:14:35
What an awful call
f5alcon
2012-05-24 20:14:37
 @Crow  @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game how does hibbert only average 8.8 rpg? he should be at least 11 or 12
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:19:59
 @f5alcon  @Crow  @Old Man Game His defensive rebounding percentage is low for his size but he's a good offensive rebounder. My main concern is he's 7-foot-2, going to be 26 this fall and hasn't shot 50 percent for a season / playoffs yet.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:21:18
 @f5alcon  @Crow  @Old Man Game You saw it a bit earlier against Joel Anthony. He got stuffed on a shot he just didn't use his size to get above the defense. Just went right into Anthony. Bad instincts for somebody his size.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:27:12
 @f5alcon  @Crow  @Old Man Game There's few regular players in the league I like less than Hansbrough. One of the lowest BBIQs in a while.
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 20:27:49
I just looked at the schedule. In both of OKC's loses to S.A. the Thunder were coming off a back to back and the 3rd game in 4 games. In both of those games San Antonio was coming in off a day's rest. That's not nothing. 
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:28:57
 @Old Man Game It's weird to me sometimes when a lot is made of a 2-1 advantage in a regular season series. It's an odd number, of course one team is going to have an advantage. That's the biggest thing to me.
dollarbillrussell
2012-05-24 20:30:04
Has Hibbert always been 7'4"?...
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:32:19
 @dollarbillrussell If this goes to seven he;s 7'6".
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:32:35
 @dollarbillrussell If this goes to seven he's 7'6".
blueRAP
2012-05-24 20:33:07
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game For me, and I'm sure others, the first thing I think of when I think of the Spurs is when they almost absolutely hammered us at home during that last regular season game. So they've showed they can dominate, but I haven't forgotten that we also almost came back in that game.   I don't think they have any real advantages over us, it will be a matter of who will be able to execute their gameplan better.. and personally, I think the superstar advantage that we have will prevail.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 20:34:52
 @Jooseppi  @dollarbillrussell What if they made the finals O_O
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 20:36:52
 @Jooseppi I just think it might explain how lackadaisical our guy's defensive effort was in this nightmare.     http://youtu.be/aKrfMofaTHI  
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 20:37:49
Sorry, 3rd game in 4 night. 
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:40:28
 @Old Man Game There's a lot of factors and I'm sure that was a big part of it. I just know we lost to Cleveland, Sacramento and the Wizards this season. It's a long season. Losses happen.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:42:07
2-on-5 break, no white shirts inside the 3 line... SHOOT A CONTESTED 3!
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 20:43:29
Seems kinda dumb to place contract stipulations on whether a guy gets 1st or 2nd team all nba selections. Putting an awful lot of stock ($) on what amounts to a beauty contest. How many games do these voters actually see? It's a moot point since Russ did the honorable, team-first thing w/his contract but what if his second 2nd team inclusion by 4pts (239-235) over Wade pushed him up 2.5 mil & made it so we couldn't resign James &/or Serge based soley on some hack charlotte or milwaukee beat writers vote? Seems pretty random to me.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 20:51:31
 @Tequila or Failure the contract was any all nba team not just 1st or 2nd team
f5alcon
2012-05-24 20:51:58
 @blueRAP  @Jooseppi  @dollarbillrussell then we sweep them
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:52:25
Pacers with 11 rebound advantage but 13 TOs. Tied. http://i.imgur.com/BvZpc.jpg  
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 20:52:41
I'm convinced darren collision gets sugar injections on the sideline 
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 20:54:28
@DTfanboy You all ever watch the hbo show true blood? Remember the storyline when Sookie's brother went to the right-wing religious camp & ends up doing the preacher's hot wife? The preacher's hot wife is who I picture dtfanboy as, super bubbly, cheerful & positive. Of course there's 'boy' in the username but I will choose to ignore that.
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-05-24 20:56:44
Absolutely no reason why Hibbert isn't destroying the miami frontcourt right now. Indy is just that terrible. Imagine if we got to play teams like the knicks and pacers and 76ers to get to the finals.
cemitten
2012-05-24 20:57:30
Just in case you forgot, Mike Miller is hurt....
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 20:58:46
Hansbrough time!
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 20:59:22
If mike miller was a good player uninjured this would be an honorable performance
AllDae
2012-05-24 21:02:30
These turnovers are sad
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:02:39
Drinking game: Indy turnovers or Miller injury mentions?
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 21:02:45
Barbosa must be -80 in this game
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:03:15
 @OBoymuzik I have been yelling "Get him out of there!" for the whole game.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:03:29
Pacers are done
C-Wil
2012-05-24 21:03:30
Don't mess with Miami.
f5alcon
2012-05-24 21:03:43
that's the series
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:04:16
 RT: @ryenarussillo: These passes to Ghost Dad are ineffective
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:04:32
 @f5alcon Pacer's coach has been really bad the last 3 games
OBoymuzik
2012-05-24 21:04:45
 @C-Wil Why cause Pittman will be back in 2 games?
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:05:07
So what's Larry Bird going to say after this one?
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:05:11
 @Jooseppi Yep better to take a shot (even a bad one) then no shot at all.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 21:05:11
 @f5alconThunder could overcome that deficit with just half a quarter left.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:05:58
 @ThunderChick2010  @f5alcon Thunder overcome that easily with 2-12 Kobe shooting to end the 4th.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:06:35
"These are the softest most soft ass softies that I've ever seen. I'm blowing this team up."
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:07:32
@OBoymuzik He makes me sad. Offensive oriented player, who's horribly inconsistent, and let himself be fooled by the benefit of playing with Nash.
shiki
2012-05-24 21:07:38
 @blueRAP "give me  your #33 jersey,danny"
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:07:54
Ineffective Hansbrough screen! Near turnover by Barbosa! Indiana Pacers basketball!
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:08:52
Get West back in. Now. 
f5alcon
2012-05-24 21:08:56
 @ThunderChick2010 yeah we could, but our traded and cut players are probably better than the pacers are right now. now i am curious to see what that team would be
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:08:59
Finally,Barbosa is out of there!
cemitten
2012-05-24 21:09:15
Lol Hansbrough. Dude is turboawful
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:10:29
Sad to know they'll lose Hibbert because of someone over paying, Get rid of Danny, keep George, and Hibbert(if you can), keep West. Hope Collison doesn't want a big contract(he will, he's already made it aware), and sign a guy who isn't a 29 year old SF who hasn't decided what type of player he wants to be. P.S. go get some real bench players.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:11:13
I'm 7-foot-2. I don'y feel a need to put a hand up on defense.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:11:47
Coach doesn't like to be glanced at
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:11:50
 @ElMexiThunder They'll match any offer sheet for Hibbert.
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 21:12:09
crazy how they havent fed hibbert the ball at all i swear feeding the paint has became a lost ability with perimeter guards.
KellOne
2012-05-24 21:12:24
 @blueRAP Don't you be eyeballin me boy!
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:44:44
 @KellOne Helps with the other team gives you 21 TOs and 25 pts off
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:45:10
 @KellOne *Correction 22
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:45:15
Without Bosh, the Heat don't get out of the second round in the West.  In the East, they might still be the favorites.
KellOne
2012-05-24 21:45:51
 @ThunderWins You take what you can get
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:46:21
 @aise0603  @Jooseppi You might wanna go re watch Durant's game winners from this post season so far
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:46:50
 @KellOne If the Spurs gave us 22 TOs isn't there a great chance we win the game?
cemitten
2012-05-24 21:47:02
Guess what guys!!! I'm watching MEN AT WORK
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 21:47:10
 @aise0603 They are just different. Hopefully we'll get a a chance to see this question addressed as they guard each other in a best of seven series.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:47:16
 @cemitten DONT GIVE IN
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:47:16
Pacers are soft as Charming Toilet Paper. When did you ever see he Heat punk any of our dudes like that? If anything, if i remember right, Wade and co did they're little trash talking behind our backs. Just saying you didn't see Haslem smack any of our guys after Perks ninja kick to Wade. Nor did you see Lebron bring up any elbows against Russ. Pacers are soft, Heat=Fake Tough Guys.
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:47:23
 @ThunderWins  @KellOne  If by great, you mean above 99.99%, I would tend to agree
KellOne
2012-05-24 21:47:29
 @ThunderWins Yes, that would be awesome
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 21:47:32
@f5alcon I don't know. Just fired up my laptop & it's the same deal as my iPhone. I think Royce may be trying to systematically eliminate me because I have occasionally politely questioned his opinions.
C-Wil
2012-05-24 21:47:41
 @cemitten Critics say it's freaking horrible. 
tydude
2012-05-24 21:48:22
Game 1 of ECF is Monday Night 
KellOne
2012-05-24 21:48:32
 @cemitten He needs a Thunder game stat!
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:48:54
Let's be real here.. the Heat had a little slump, but they're still a fantastic team. Wade had an easy 39 point game, and everyone knows he's not the best player. I know it's popular to hate the Heat if you live outside of Miami.. but the Pacers never really stood a chance.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:48:58
They wouldn't be favorites if they had to play he type of competition we do.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 21:49:03
 @Tequila or Failure  @f5alcon Royce doesn't seem to have a problem with polite questions.  I think if he wanted to eliminate you, you'd be gone already.  :)
cemitten
2012-05-24 21:49:43
So far... Not great.  
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 21:49:51
I'm not exactly sure why you guys bothered to watch that game. You knew what you were in for.
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:50:10
Dwyane Wade all plays up his injury so he's got an out if they lose.  I think that the Heat had a couple extra Wheel Chairs flown in for tonights game.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:50:43
 @BRY BRY I know I won't win any popular points with this, but I actually enjoy watching great ball players play great basketball (Bron and Wade)
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:50:49
 @BRY BRY  I agree, it was an execution.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 21:52:22
@blueRAP Oh no, most of us were just cheering the underdogs on. Miami is a great team. Not good enough to win the Finals. I'm sorry, i just don't see them winning one. Unless they face an injured finals opponet. Call me bias but when you play the Magic, Hawks, Wizards, and the Bobcats 4 times a year its kinda weak sauce.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 21:52:38
Can't wait for the Boston Miami rematch
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:52:40
 @blueRAP  The Heat are pretenders.  They have no chance of winning.  They can't handle adversity.
dollarbillrussell
2012-05-24 21:53:55
 @C-Wil  @cemitten What a surprise...
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:54:15
I just don't see that the Celtics will be able to keep the Heat from the Rim.  The Heat can punch their ticket to the finals where they will get their lunch handed to them in 5 by the Thunder.
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 21:54:19
 @blueRAP  Fair enough. I really have nothing against Wade and Lebron. They are a lot of fun to watch. But, against this Pacer's team.... ehhh. I'd rather save girl friend the pain of watching bad basketball with me.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:54:28
 @blueRAP I can. Miami in 5.
cemitten
2012-05-24 21:54:41
The worst guy on the show has the most lines so far.  Poor work TBS.
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:54:46
 @blueRAP 2 blowouts.
jdstorm
2012-05-24 21:55:38
Listening to Simmons NBA podcast.  Apparently Phil Jackson Wants to Coach again.  Even though it would never happen, how great would it be if Phil came to coach the thunder.    Harden, Russ, KD and Friends running the triangle.  Offensive Gold
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:55:49
 @Jooseppi  @blueRAP Aren't the 76ers a shitty version of the Heat?  If the Celtics can barely beat them, how can they stand up to the Heat?
Jooseppi
2012-05-24 21:56:10
 @aise0603  @blueRAP Celtics can't score.
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 21:56:38
 @Jooseppi  @blueRAP  I think the Sixers were a respectable team this year. Maybe the Cetlics can make it a series.
aise0603
2012-05-24 21:57:22
 @jdstorm  Oh man, I hope that happens.  The zen master in OKC!  It's a perfect fit, he'd have the most talented roster in the NBA for 23 out of his 30 seasons.  We could just go ahead and ship in about 7 banners.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:57:54
 @aise0603  @blueRAP IF they get a health Bosh back and they are hitting their shots they are tough to beat by anyone.   I am not going to assume the West winner is going to win it all.  They are going to have 4 great games to win.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 21:59:10
 @BRY BRY  @Jooseppi  @blueRAP The Heat are the Sixers Kryptonite.    Might as well be ECF bye.
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 21:59:47
 @jdstorm I'm not sure Phil would no what to do without his clan of merry headcases.   And the Thunder would need a better offensive big or two to help run the triangle.
shiki
2012-05-24 22:00:03
 @aise0603  @Jooseppi  @blueRAP celtics played some good games against heats at the end of playoff.
aise0603
2012-05-24 22:01:12
 @ThunderWins  @BRY BRY  @Jooseppi  @blueRAP  The 76ers Kryptonite is any team that can score 80 points.  If this playoffs has proven anything, it's that the East is worse than I thought...and I thought it was a complete joke.
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 22:01:13
 @jdstorm It makes alot of sense. This team was made for the triangle, Phil wants to join already stacked teams & Montana ain't that much different than Oklahoma. We just need to pony up some serious dough for him which is up to the chesapeake boys.  
blueRAP
2012-05-24 22:01:15
 @jdstorm I love Jackson, but I highly doubt we kick Brooks to the curb if/when we make it to the Finals.
tydude
2012-05-24 22:01:58
 @jdstorm he will never coach for the thunder 
aise0603
2012-05-24 22:02:45
 @blueRAP  @jdstorm  he may never coach for us but I bet that's because we chose that rather than the other way around.  I bet his people have already called Sam Presti.
blueRAP
2012-05-24 22:03:42
 @aise0603  That'd be a nice ego stroke to have lol
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:04:05
@aise0603 @blueRAP @jdstorm He'll never coach us. However i still dream of getting Jerry Sloan.
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 22:04:17
 @aise0603  @ThunderWins  @Jooseppi  @blueRAP  Without Rose, Howard and Bosh, the competition level plummeted pretty low. It went from a two-horse race to a one-horse race to a three-legged-horse race.   I simply won't even turn on the TV to watch that crap.... although I AM curious to see how chippy the Celtics get with Miami.
tydude
2012-05-24 22:04:23
 @ElMexiThunder  @aise0603  @blueRAP  @jdstorm he likes to coach for a big city team not a small market 
aise0603
2012-05-24 22:06:01
 @tydude   imo, He likes to coach the best roster in the league and get rings. 
jdstorm
2012-05-24 22:07:09
 @tydude Probably Not. still the thought of KD,Russ, Harden and Harrison Barnes  running the triangle next year. Is my current Fan Dream, despite the extremely unlikely chance of it happening
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 22:07:46
 @aise0603  @jdstorm I don't know. Phil's best at managing egos. I don't feel like we have a lot of that on this team as is, the phony media created Westbrook-Durant stuff notwithstanding. 
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 22:07:58
 @Tequila or Failure  @jdstorm  Montana is freakin BEAUTIFUL. But, he must be bored out of his mind.
jdstorm
2012-05-24 22:09:31
 @BRY BRY In My mind KD is the offensive big. Dudes 6'11 and started working on his post game last summer. Another year of Strength and Skill work and he should be passable
tygablood
2012-05-24 22:09:40
 @jdstorm  @tydude harrison barnes ha
aise0603
2012-05-24 22:09:47
@old Man Game  Ideally, Scott Brooks will coach like a champ in this next series and get us to the finals.  Then it all becomes moot but if he sprays diarhea all over the Alamo Dome like he did in the WCF last year, he's gotta go.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:09:51
@tydude @aise0603 @blueRAP @jdstorm Jerry Sloan had coached in Salt Lake forever, Salt Lake has been a smaller market then OKC, years before we even got the Thunder.
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 22:10:39
 @aise0603  @old Oh I'm with you there. I just don't know if Phil would be the guy even if he would come. Phil sort of makes it about Phil. I'm not sure I like that. 
aise0603
2012-05-24 22:12:19
I'm not sure I trust Jerry Sloan with RW.  RW needs a special sort of coach who's going to let him grow.  We don't need someone pigeon holing him telling him he needs to be John Stockton.  We need RW to be more DWade than Steve Nash.
aise0603
2012-05-24 22:13:40
 @Old Man Game  Plus he's older than Methusela
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 22:14:27
 @Tequila or Failure  @jdstorm I don't know if you've been keeping up with current events but the Chesapeake boys will be lucky to secure enough cash flow to make it through the year without going belly up. 
blueRAP
2012-05-24 22:15:45
 @Old Man Game  Ain't that a shame. I just hope it doesn't affect the team in the coming years.
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 22:17:46
 @Old Man Game  @jdstormYeah, kinda makes all the talk of going over the cap to retain Serge and James seem pretty unlikely.  
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:17:54
@BRY BRY @aise0603 @ThunderWins @Jooseppi @blueRAP This is with the media claiming "The Power of Superstars has shifted to the east", since Deron, Amare, Boozer and Anthony left to the east. Considering that The east in the last two seasons have aquired D-Will, Amare, Boozer, Melo, G Wallace, Monta Ellis, and Nene, yet the East is still pretty crappy.
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 22:18:28
 @blueRAP Short term we're good but long term I'm very concerned. You know how many jobs directly or indirectly are linked to that company in this community? On the bright side it'd be easier to score tickets to the lower level I'm betting. 
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 22:18:56
 @aise0603 He walks like Bill Walton. 
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 22:19:10
 @Old Man Game  @blueRAP  Seattle Thunder?
Old Man Game
2012-05-24 22:19:44
 @Tequila or Failure  @blueRAP If that happened I'd move there too. 
blueRAP
2012-05-24 22:19:50
 @Tequila or Failure   bitter Seattlelites would have a freakin field day
El Prez
2012-05-24 22:20:16
EliMexi---why did you change your avatar pic? I can't even read your posts as my eyes are glue to your avatar pic trying decipher WTF that is a picture of. I see an ear, two white eyes, maybe two arms, some white teeth ...and the darkness of an abyss otherwise.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:21:24
So we're about 70 hours out from our series starting.  How do you think it's going to play out?  Anyone willing to fill in the blanks?   I think _________ will win in _______ games because _______________.   Obviously, we all WANT our team to win.  What does your heart of hearts say? 
tydude
2012-05-24 22:21:43
It wasn't the city that end thunderAlley it was the thunder team that did it 
blueRAP
2012-05-24 22:22:01
 @ThunderChick2010 Thunder, 6, KD
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:23:00
@El Prez lol Picture of me and a buddy. I'm standing in front of a car, and shes sitting on the back of it hugging me while we get the picture took. It was at night.
shiki
2012-05-24 22:23:03
Roy Hibbert is not a low post scorer like Bynum,so you cannot hope he do much for offense end.  
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:24:26
 @ElMexiThunder  @El  I'll have to use my imagination there.  It looks like an ink blot on my computer too.  :)
El Prez
2012-05-24 22:30:46
 I can't see any of that. All I see is an ear, some white eyes, maybe an arm....some teeth....and a black ink blot. I see no chick or car in your pic whatsoever. I can't even scroll down and read other peoples' posts as I'm memerizered trying to decipher exactly what in the f--k is in your avatar pic.
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:32:15
@El Prez lol, too dark for to see it as a thumbnail. Looked alot better on facebook now that i think about it.
Tequila or Failure
2012-05-24 22:34:08
 @ThunderChick2010 Spurs, 7, I got 200 bones riding on it in my office pool (although I'd be glad not ot win, a win win bet).  
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:36:17
 @Tequila or Failure  I'd be glad for you not to win too. . . .
jdstorm
2012-05-24 22:36:21
 @Old Man Game  @blueRAP I'm From another country so i don't follow local Oklahoman business issues.  However it still puzzles me that the NBA doesn't have a self sustaining business model that isn't dependent on Ownership and Government covering costs.    I looked followed the financial side of the NBA over the lockout. and while it is mostly Stupid. the Thunder made a $20 million profit off last season alone. Given that the team will go as far if not further into the playoffs this year the thunder should be financially fine for both the short and long term
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:39:19
BOOOO, all the pictures i want to post on livefyre as my profile pic don't work!! Their either too dark, or too big.
jdstorm
2012-05-24 22:39:24
 @blueRAP  @ThunderChick2010 I Think The Thunder Will Win in 6 games, because KD kills it at PF and Thabo plays huge minutes.   I think that if it goes to 7 games San Antonio will win because they are awesome.    I think whoever wins the west will win the finals in 5 or less games
El Prez
2012-05-24 22:39:41
The vague outline of the human in your pic looks more Chinese on my computer screen than Mexican. Kind of like a Chinese vampire.
Crow
2012-05-24 22:40:24
 @f5alcon  @ThunderChick2010 i couldnt really much in your avatar pic that small so i googled her and found a video interview. she sounds smart, funny and real. she has a rockin bod too from every angle. you already know that but i'll second it fwiw
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:41:17
@El Prez Hahaha. I tried changin to another pic of me and her but came out just as dark as the previous one. Guess i'm lost in the abyss for enternity.
Daniel Hawaii
2012-05-24 22:42:15
 @ThunderChick2010 OKC, 4, we are awesome.
BRY BRY
2012-05-24 22:44:54
 @ThunderChick2010  Thunder, 6, I have the world's hottest Thunderpants
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:45:05
 @Daniel Hawaii  That would mean we finish a sweep--at home!  I can't even imagine . . . .  :) You still coming to OKC when we make the finals? 
Grolgar
2012-05-24 22:45:20
Dirk should not have made 3rd team. He had to miss a bunch of games because he didn't come into the season in shape. What a joke.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:47:24
 @BRY BRY  I'm afraid to ask . . . What are Thunderpants?
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:48:00
@Grolgar Melo niether.
Daniel Hawaii
2012-05-24 22:49:31
 @ThunderChick2010 No doubt about it. 
ElMexiThunder
2012-05-24 22:49:45
@ThunderChick2010 I'm going to be realistic with you. If we don't steal one of the first 2 games then we'll lose this series. If we do, Thunder in 6. If we don't Spurs in 6 or 7.
Arent
2012-05-24 22:50:23
Can't beat a Heat team without Bosh and Haslem? Sucks to suck, Indiana.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:52:06
 @El Prez Click the ink blot, click on the twitter symbol, then maybe you'll be able to move on.  :)
f5alcon
2012-05-24 22:53:07
 @ThunderChick2010 my heart says rebound
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:54:19
 @Daniel Hawaii  If--I mean when--you do, you'll have to let Mr. TC and I take y'all to dinner.
Lost Ones
2012-05-24 22:54:50
What's up with all the pessimistic posters today Thunder in 6 thunder up!
Daniel Hawaii
2012-05-24 22:54:56
 @ThunderChick2010 It's a date.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 22:58:33
 @Lost Ones  Yea, Lost Ones!   We know it's been a rough day when we're getting our optimism from you.  :)
f5alcon
2012-05-24 23:02:07
 @Crow  @ThunderChick2010 yeah she seems cool, she is tall too, probably about 6 feet. But I try to not be creepy around the thundergirls. Way to many perverts out there, so i usually just ignore them.
shiki
2012-05-24 23:12:29
 @Grolgar are granger,Deng or iggy better than him?they dont have many available players to choose.
MostJadedGamer
2012-05-24 23:18:20
 @Lost Ones  We have Scott Brooks as our coach, and that is a scary thing when we are playing a team that executes its offense to near perfection like the Spurs. Ibaka MUST play a LOT of minutes in order for us to beat the Spurs. I just hope Brooks come to his senses, and realises we cann't leave Ibaka on the bench for half of the game or more against the Spurs. Ibaka needs a lot of minutes if we are going to beat the Spurs.    
MostJadedGamer
2012-05-24 23:20:04
 @ThunderChick2010  I think Spurs will win 7 games because Ibaka will not get enough minutes.
ThunderWins
2012-05-24 23:22:11
 @MostJadedGamer  @Lost Ones Thats all well in good if Ibaka can rotate to shooters quickly.  If he gets lost out there trying to be help, Thunder going to get burned badly.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-24 23:26:09
 @ThunderWins  @MostJadedGamer  @Lost Ones  Which goes back to what someone (BryBry or Tron?) said earlier today about Ibaka being a possible x-factor . . .
bmuelle2112
2012-05-24 23:33:22
Like I said earlier Miami was going to close out the series on the road...easily covered the -3 spread...easy $100...actually these entire playoffs have been pretty easy to pick
MostJadedGamer
2012-05-24 23:34:49
 @aise0603  @jdstorm  Even more importantly Ibaka wouldn't spend half the game on the bench like he does now with Brooks.
MostJadedGamer
2012-05-24 23:42:05
 @jdstorm  @BRY BRY What is with all this garbage about Durant being 6'11 that is stupid. He is 6'9 but looks taller because of his slender frame, and extremely long arms. His extremely long arms make him play like a 6'11 player, but he is actually only 6'9.
MostJadedGamer
2012-05-24 23:48:32
 @jdstorm  @BRY BRY I can go along with with Durant being 6'10, but 6'11 or almost 7 foot is just stupid, and exaggeration. Durant looks taller then he is because of his long slender frame, and his extremely, extremely long arms. He has the arms of a 7'2 player.
jdstorm
2012-05-24 23:50:32
 @MostJadedGamer  @BRY BRY When KD entered the NBA he was 6'9. he then grew another 2 inches while he was in the NBA. he just never updated his measurements.   But if you look closely you will see that KD is taller then Serge. He was eye level with Gasol. He's taller than Dwight. People in the NBA Lie about their height. In my opinion he is on the low side of 6'11.
courtsense
2012-05-24 23:52:52
 @ThunderChick2010 It'll probably be difficult for Serge to protect OKC's backside when he's chasing perimeter guys like Matt Bonner and Diaw 20+ feet from the hoop...and he's too aggressive/impulsive to put on Duncan. My guess is Collison gets lots of minutes in this series...
courtsense
2012-05-24 23:54:53
Call me crazy, but sumpin' tells me OKC could steal Game 1...
OKCBornandBred
2012-05-24 23:55:55
We're going to steal Game 1. Book it! Then enjoy Skip tripping and Steven A. laughing on First Take that Monday 
El Prez
2012-05-25 00:01:26
 @courtsense  @ThunderChick2010 If Kevin could guard Diaw--I'd go small. I'd also have KD on Bonner. I think Kevin's defensive versatility is a big key as to how this series goes.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 00:03:20
 @courtsense Silly sidenote . . . We were rattling off the names of some of the SA players earlier -- Duncan, Diaw, Parker, Bonner, Splitter -- and my daughter remarked that they sound like reindeer.
OBoymuzik
2012-05-25 00:03:37
 @courtsense it will either be the easiest game to steal in SA or the hardest game to steal....either we will come out sharper than them (i don't buy the rest vs rust, but i do buy the energy we are capable of coming out with) or the spurs will overwhelm us and we'll have to make heavy adjustments before game 2
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 00:04:36
 @OBoymuzik  @courtsense  . . . it will either be a win or a loss . . .
OBoymuzik
2012-05-25 00:05:42
 @ThunderChick2010  @courtsense well put zen master
courtsense
2012-05-25 00:10:57
 @OBoymuzik  @ThunderChick2010 I think the 2 teams will split the first 4 games on each other's homecourts. That gets us to Game 5 in San Antonio. I think the winner of that game takes the series, in 6 or 7.
tomkar98
2012-05-25 00:11:44
 @courtsense  @OBoymuzik  @ThunderChick2010 I think, that the first team to win 4 games, will win the series.... But don't quote me on this!
tomkar98
2012-05-25 00:12:40
 @courtsense  @OBoymuzik  @ThunderChick2010 BTW... I'm going through HUGE THUNDER WITHDRAWALS!!!!  Yes? Yes!
courtsense
2012-05-25 00:20:25
Spurs have the edge in coaching, experience, depth, and Duncan. Ginobli/Harden and Parker/Westbrook cancel each other out. Thunder are younger, underdogs, maybe hungrier, and perhaps more explosive. OkC also has the best player on the floor in this series in Durant...which could be enough to offset the deficiencies. KD must come up huge in this series. This could an early-career-defining moment for him...but he'll need to put up at least 25/10/5/3/2 every game to make it happen.   
tomkar98
2012-05-25 00:26:00
 @courtsense I'm not doggin on The Collision.... But I would like to see a better series from him against the Spurs, compared to his production against the Lakers.  Maybe the Lakers was a bad match up for him?  IDK, if the Spurs would be any better.  But I would like to see him do his thing.  Basically, everyone on the Thunder.... Just..... Thunder Your Butts Off!
loplopol
2012-05-25 00:30:09
Right now I feel like a drug addict that is having withdrawals. Except I miss basketball. Is something wrong with me if I feel physical pain in my heart?   Sunday come soon.
justin_mia
2012-05-25 00:31:23
The Spurs are not unbeatable but it will be an upward climb.  Their depth will present the biggest problem.  LAL had no bench, DAL didn't either really.  Spurs seem to have interchangeable parts everywhere and come at you with the second unit in the game.  If/when Westbrook and Durant are sitting and we bring in the funky lineups with Derek Fisher, the Spurs will feast on our defense.   
Lost Ones
2012-05-25 00:36:25
@justin_mia spurs bench consist of shooters and Manu, I see no reason for Russ and harden not to play 38mpg this series.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 00:36:33
 @courtsense  @OBoymuzik Gotta say you guys are a lot more optimistic than I thought you'd be.  I can't even begin to predict what's going to happen--just know that I waver among excitement, dread, and hope.  It's like I'm hoping for the best, but can't shake the fear of being disappointed.  Reminds me of this movie line (Morgan Freeman voice): Let me tell you something, my friend.  Hope is a dangerous thing.  Hope can drive a man insane.
tomkar98
2012-05-25 00:36:50
 @loplopol I am having the same feeling.... Its bad! lol
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 00:38:56
 @loplopol I miss the basketball, but have to admit the non-game days are a little easier on the nerves and blood pressure.
Lost Ones
2012-05-25 00:39:33
@ThunderChick2010 @courtsense @OBoymuzik I'm trying to be optimistic -_-
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 00:41:25
 @Lost Ones  @ThunderChick2010  @courtsense  @OBoymuzik  I noticed.  :)
courtsense
2012-05-25 01:00:15
 @ThunderChick2010  @OBoymuzik Ziahuatanejo...
courtsense
2012-05-25 01:02:12
 @ThunderChick2010 Haha...from the mouths of babes, indeed. Let's hope they play like freaking reindeer.
courtsense
2012-05-25 01:43:32
 @justin_mia Just the words "...funky lineups with Derek Fisher..." are enough to freak me out.
Lasers
2012-05-25 02:30:55
 @ThunderChick2010  @courtsense  @OBoymuzik Tim Robbins voice: Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things.
Legendary_dork
2012-05-25 03:20:36
 @justin_mia i read that kd is willing to play 40+ mins a game if need be.  Also, the other thing that people arent factoring in here is that the spurs havent played us in a series yet. they are used to a one game and done.   This will be interesting to say the least. Id love a split or hell even take both in san  but no telling what might happen.   I do believe if we limit turnovers and make them adjust to us, we can beat them 
Legendary_dork
2012-05-25 03:23:01
sunday cant get here quick enough. Im sure our guys are watching film, practicing * we wouldnt KNOW cause royce is keeping us in the dark  :P  *   This is good that we get to prepare for this. 
Legendary_dork
2012-05-25 03:27:28
 @ThunderChick2010  thunder in 4, yeah i said it. i think we will either go 4 or 5 cause we are younger and want it more.  Spurs havent lost in so long they have just been going through the motions. I think that first loss will be a punch in the mouth for them.  
Amuro
2012-05-25 07:07:13
 @courtsense Yeah I'm also thinking that we will Game 1 too.
aise0603
2012-05-25 08:14:03
 @Legendary_dork  In a long series, the best team nearly always wins.  That's good news for the Thunder.
Keith00
2012-05-25 08:14:54
 @aise0603  @Legendary_dork Isn't that bad news for the Thunder, since by most every measure the Spurs are the better team?
aise0603
2012-05-25 08:15:01
 @courtsense  @justin_mia  Fisher will play over 20 mpg in this series.
aise0603
2012-05-25 08:19:13
 @Keith00  @Legendary_dork  I think the Thunder are the better team, I don't care what the measurements say.  I may end up being wrong but I honestly believe that playoff basketball is somewhat different than regular season basketball so the measures that you speak of are somewhat irrelevant.  Maybe I'm proven wrong but my prediction is Thunder in 6 because I think that they are the better team in a series.
aise0603
2012-05-25 08:21:37
 @Legendary_dork   I agree.  I think the series is going to boil down to the Spurs have no rim protection and KD, Russ and James are going to live at the rim.  I think that they might as well have their mail forwarded to the rim because they are going to be there for the next two weeks!
aise0603
2012-05-25 08:22:16
 @Legendary_dork   I agree.  I think the series is going to boil down to the Spurs have no rim protection and KD, Russ and James are going to live at the rim.  I think that they might as well have their mail forwarded to the rim because they are going to be living there for the next two weeks!
Lasers
2012-05-25 08:25:56
It's 2012, they don't have Horry. We're fine.
jdstorm
2012-05-25 08:30:18
 @aise0603  @Keith00  @Legendary_dork You Could Argue that the thunder are the better team, but due to the condensed schedule they wore out. The thunder were 8-7 in the last month and 39-12 before then winning  76% of they're games.  if OKC had continued at that percentage over the last month. they would have had a better record then the spurs by a game.    While the spurs are deeper with impact guys like Dejaun Blar and patty mills the 11th and 12th men. ultimately the best guys matter more in the playoffs and the thunder could be considered better at the top then the spurs.  
El Prez
2012-05-25 08:33:43
I'm cautiously optimistic. I just feel we have to win one of these first two games though and turn the series into the best three of five with three being in our arena. Can't wait for Sunday, but the break has been nice. Kevin, Russ, and James were born for this moment in their basketball lives--this would be the time to seize that moment.
OBoyzOld Man
2012-05-25 08:35:02
@Lasers @ThunderChick2010 @courtsense @OBoymuzik http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K30e9O3Nng
jdstorm
2012-05-25 08:41:10
 @aise0603  @Legendary_dork Don't be so fast to count out duncan. He had a five block game against OKC earlier this year.
KellOne
2012-05-25 08:44:16
 @El Prez Carpe Diem shirts next home game...
PowerSerge
2012-05-25 08:47:20
If that stupid Bonner guy goes off this series, I'm gonna be pissed... I mean really? look at him!
f5alcon
2012-05-25 08:50:43
 @PowerSerge maybe he will get a case of ED,lol
BRY BRY
2012-05-25 08:55:41
I said this yesterday (probably on the same thread in fact) but I honestly believe that when both teams are playing at the best, the Thunder are the better team. To me, the disparity in in their records and stats is more a matter of focus and consistency from game to game.   During the regular season, this veteran San Antonio squad proved to do a better job of maintaining their focus from night to night, while the Thunder took long stretches off on defense, had some shooting slumps and kinda got bored at the end of the season and dropped some games.... a consequence of youth and over confidence.   However, in the playoffs, we have only seen isolated pockets where the Thunder lacked focus. Every time the Mavs or Lakers made a run or pushed the Thunder, the Thunder stayed patient and played their game. Every time the Thunder hit a stretch of poor shooting or got corralled by the refs, the Thunder stayed focused and kept playing until things clicked. The clearly out classed two savvy, veteran basketball teams.   If both teams play  their best ball Sunday, the Thunder will take game one and put the Spurs, and everyone else, on notice.
BRY BRY
2012-05-25 09:01:10
Also.... http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_mlb_experts__38/ept_sports_mlb_experts-604170980-1254316956.jpg?ymc.O.BDOsC84PRX
BRY BRY
2012-05-25 09:07:08
 @PowerSerge  He might hit a few shots and make a few passes. The Spurs offense is designed to find the hot player like electricity finds the path of least resistance. Lazar Hayward could fill it up in San Antonio's offense.    
BRY BRY
2012-05-25 09:08:00
 @courtsense I'm with you
El Prez
2012-05-25 09:12:01
Herb Brooks shirts. Kevin was born to be a basketball player. This is is what he was born to do...win championships.
areayewhy
2012-05-25 09:15:35
 @BRY BRY  @PowerSerge I wouldn't go that far, but anyone that can hit the 3 consistently can do well with the spurs ball movement and general unselfishness.
Lost Ones
2012-05-25 09:18:46
The key to winning this series is to make everything hard for tony parker russ/thabo/whoever has to go under the screens not over them make him a shooter if he's hitting the long jumper you live with it but by no means do you allow him to hit floaters. we can also live with duncan having open 20footers which our guards can contest but tony getting into the paint opens up and shifts our defense.
DustinMcWilliams
2012-05-25 09:21:57
 @Legendary_dork I am also glad I am off work for Memorial Day, as a Monday hangover is more than likely.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 09:23:21
 @El Prez . . . And we shut them down BECAUSE WE CAN   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvJ4fqaYFq0  
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-25 09:41:05
Some of the opinions I read on this board about this upcoming series have me puzzled and shaking my head. I don't mind if you think we can win the series - that's what being a fan is all about. I don't mind if you compare player to player matchups and feel like the Thunder have an advantage at several - again, that's what fans are supposed to do. And I hope the Thunder do win the series. I think the Spurs win it in 5 games, and I'll be impressed if we push it to 6.   But I don't understand this business of calling the Spurs offense gimmicky, or this idea that the Spurs are built for regular season success and not playoff success. Those two ideas couldn't be further from the truth. The Spurs run as much PnR as any team in the league and they move the ball around a hedge or a double team better than anyone. There is nothing gimmicky about that at all. They hit 3's because the shooters are always set and wide open and in their spot. They are great in transition, excellent at paint penetration, excellent at ball movement, good in the low post, great beyond the arc. They have no offensive weakness. Their bench play is so quality that their whole 2nd team could compete for the 8th seed in the West.   And they're so mentally tough and veteran and well-coached that they are perfectly suited for the playoffs. You've got a well-oiled offensive machine hitting on all 8 cylinders and they haven't even hit their high gear yet (they will once Manu plays like Manu). They're so good right now that Blair can't even see the floor. Imagine that luxury?   I think the only way the Thunder win a game against the Spurs is to turn our defense up as high as it can go and hope everyone is hitting the shots their getting (especially Russell's midrange and at least one guy from deep). Our perimeter defense is suspect most of the time, so that ball movement can really hurt us. We do happen to be pretty good at defending the types of things the Spurs like to do, but to do so consistently, against the first and second teams, is a tall order.
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-25 09:42:42
Some of the opinions I read on this board about this upcoming series have me puzzled and shaking my head. I don't mind if you think we can win the series - that's what being a fan is all about. I don't mind if you compare player to player matchups and feel like the Thunder have an advantage at several - again, that's what fans are supposed to do. And I hope the Thunder do win the series. I think the Spurs win it in 5 games, and I'll be impressed if we push it to 6.   But I don't understand this business of calling the Spurs offense gimmicky, or this idea that the Spurs are built for regular season success and not playoff success. Those two ideas couldn't be further from the truth. The Spurs run as much PnR as any team in the league and they move the ball around a hedge or a double team better than anyone. There is nothing gimmicky about that at all. They hit 3's because the shooters are always set and wide open and in their spot. They are great in transition, excellent at paint penetration, excellent at ball movement, good in the low post, great beyond the arc. They have no offensive weakness. Their bench play is so quality that their whole 2nd team could compete for the 8th seed in the West.   And they're so mentally tough and veteran and well-coached that they are perfectly suited for the playoffs. You've got a well-oiled offensive machine hitting on all 8 cylinders and they haven't even hit their high gear yet (they will once Manu plays like Manu). They're so good right now that Blair can't even see the floor. Imagine that luxury?   I think the only way the Thunder win a game against the Spurs is to turn our defense up as high as it can go and hope everyone is hitting the shots they're getting (especially Russell's midrange and at least one guy from deep). Our perimeter defense is suspect most of the time, so that ball movement can really hurt us. We do happen to be pretty good at defending the types of things the Spurs like to do, but to do so consistently, against the first and second teams, is a tall order.  
shiki
2012-05-25 09:44:23
i dont care whether spurs are unbeatable,I just want thunder games
courtsense
2012-05-25 09:44:39
 @f5alcon  @PowerSerge On the other hand, if his "ED" lasts for more than 24 hours, we could be in big trouble. Just sayin'...
walkerdog
2012-05-25 09:44:56
 @Jax Raging Bile Duct Sound like you been listening to sportscenter a little to much.
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-25 09:46:19
 @walkerdog Haven't watched it weeks. But I have seen the Spurs play. That's all it takes.
Jooseppi
2012-05-25 09:47:23
Thunder didn't have to play that great to beat LA or Dallas. Same with Spurs for the Clips and Utah.  Both teams will have to play great to win this series. I think it's more likely the Spurs do.
Thunder S
2012-05-25 09:49:53
haha skip bayless says he might come to okc game 3. Stephen a smith told him to get bodyguards lol.
Thunder S
2012-05-25 09:54:38
In my opinion, the key to the series will be whether Russ can turn it up a few notches on defense. In the game where TP went off, the gameplan was clearly to turn TP into a scorer, and he obliged. Russ is a good athlete, but as Zach Lowe pointed out in his preview, he can get jumpy or over aggressive on the pick and roll. You have to be sound in your positioning against the spurs. Also, as coach nick pointed out, he had a lot of mental breakdowns in the game where the spurs went up by 27. If Russ can turn it up on a notch, playing smart, sound, but relentless D on TP, and we can stay home on shooters - a tall task no doubt, but one that may be aided by Mo Cheeks in this time to prepare- then i think that is the one variable no one has thought about yet.  Not that we have seen this consistently from Russell, but maybe he will rise to the challenge. 
lemonparade4
2012-05-25 10:16:03
 @aise0603  Have you even watched any Spurs games?  I mean, there haven't been that many in the postseason, but still.  You can't get much closer to the rim than Lob City, and that didn't work out too well for them, did it?  And no, "Clippers suck" is not an adequate response to this.  Your contention was that the Spurs can't keep people away from the rim, and whether the Clips are good or bad as a team is irrelevant.  They DO happen to be good at killing it in the paint, except when they play the Spurs. 
FREE_COLE
2012-05-25 10:16:20
 @Jax Raging Bile Duct "Built for regular season" Only team that have swept both opponents in the playoffs.  There's being a fan and there's being ignorant.     Wholeheartedly agree Jax
PowerSerge
2012-05-25 10:22:25
 @areayewhy  @BRY BRY Bonner kills us because he pulls whoever is guarding him to the perimeter. Open lanes for TP are bad news for us.  
aise0603
2012-05-25 10:26:59
 @Jax Raging Bile Duct  It sounds like you are responding to my post because I think I am the one that called them 'gimmicky'.  We'll see if I am right but I believe that passing teams don't win in long series against long defenses with active hands.  It's completely possible that the Thunder won't be able to slow down this offense but it's also completely reasonable to believe that the Thunder's speed, athleticism and length can force turnovers and disrupt their passing.  If that is the case, the Spurs don't have a plan B.   #Thunder_in_6
aise0603
2012-05-25 10:27:47
 @FREE_COLE  "There's being a fan and there's being ignorant."   That's really rude.  Why are you insulting me?  I have an opinion, you  have a different opinion.
Jooseppi
2012-05-25 10:29:12
 @aise0603  @FREE_COLE If I didn't know better I'd say you're the reincarnation of another poster here.
lemonparade4
2012-05-25 10:30:19
 @aise0603  @FREE_COLE To be fair, there are opinions, and then there are informed opinions...
aise0603
2012-05-25 10:32:47
 @lemonparade4  The Thunder attack the rim differently than the Clippers.  The fact of the matter is that the Clippers don't have anyone who takes it to the rack off of the dribble and the Thunder have 3 guys who can do that with impunity.
ThunderBelize
2012-05-25 10:33:14
 @Lost Ones I like this plan. IF and only IF they are starting their PnR at the top of the key or further. What makes this plan difficult is the Spurs start their PnR at the foul line (extended) and ducking the pick leaves TP a sound 10-12 foot shot - which as i mentioned if you stick to the mean (I think he shoots mid 40%'s from the field) if he throws up 35 shots we're looking at 15-20 makes. As opposed to him shooting 18 shots, making 8-10 of them and dishing for 8-12 assists with 6 of them being open 3 pointers.   Stay home on the shooters and let the mean shooting %'s work in your favour. TD and TP shooting 60+ shots and even hitting 50-55% of them is still only 60-70 points. Not a terrible formula - in theory.
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-25 10:40:03
 @aise0603 You're the one who called it gimmicky, but several others have echoed those same sentiments.   In theory, we could play the passing lanes well. But I know our history of help defense, and how our help/recover style feeds the beast that is Spur ball movement. There will be several games where we'll survive on a hope that the Spurs just miss open shots.
ThunderBelize
2012-05-25 10:40:55
@Royce... Daily Bolts??!?!? you're killing us... not practice report wed or thursday... 2 more sleeps!
todayisbananas
2012-05-25 10:42:02
I just finished a workout, so I have to walk around with my arms flared so everyone will know.  I'm now going to sit down with my protein shake and read the bolts.  With my arms flared.  Bolts, please.
todayisbananas
2012-05-25 10:43:36
 @Thunder S Skip and Barkley should parade through Thunder Alley in the Pope-mobile. 
Tronchaser
2012-05-25 10:46:07
Where are the Memphis Grizzlies when you need them? Didn't they know their sole point of their existence was to eliminate the Spurs from the playoffs to clear a path for our eventual championship?   Shame on the Grizzlies for letting me down.
ThunderBelize
2012-05-25 10:46:53
Skip - "Spurs go as Manu goes."  Think about that for a second... nah... it's Skip talking... LOL! Disregard... (feel free to flag this post!!)
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 10:51:54
Ah, the harsh light of day . . . just when I was starting to feel pretty good about this.  (Can't argue with anything you're saying.)
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 10:55:13
If anyone is interested . . . I read in the morning paper that Jenni will be on ESPN (Outside the Lines) at 2pm today.
aise0603
2012-05-25 10:55:20
 @Jax Raging Bile Duct  Right, I agree with you that we've had a horrible history of help/recover style of defense and that plays into the Spurs hands.  But where we disagree is that I think that in a long series, you learn how a team is playing you and you adapt, usually by the end of a series, there aren't many 'open shots.'  That's my hypothesis.  Consider this: The Spurs are +21 in the first half vs. the Thunder and -13 in the second half for the season.  My suggestion is that the Thunder aren't used to the 'gimmicky' offense at first but as the game goes along, they figure it out.  In a long series, you know it intimately from tip-off.  That's why players like Shaq, Kobe and MJ dominate in the playoffs and players like Paul, Nash and Stockton fall flat.
Lost Ones
2012-05-25 10:56:59
 @ThunderBelize he's so behind on the times most of the time its embarassing.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 10:57:55
 @Tronchaser I think their mammoth Game 1 collapse was THE CALL for them.
aise0603
2012-05-25 10:58:00
 @todayisbananas  Sounds like you aren't getting your lunch handed to you today. (is that a good thing or a bad thing?)
Tronchaser
2012-05-25 10:58:20
 @ThunderChick2010 I think you may be right.
Jooseppi
2012-05-25 11:00:04
It won't happen, but I'd feel differently about how this series would go if they came out with a Russ-Harden-Sef-KD-Collison starting lineup.
Ruben T
2012-05-25 11:00:09
@justin_mia The lineup of Fisher, Cook, Nazr, Harden, and I think it was Nick will get killed out there. Please don't put that lineup out there Brooks like you did against the Lakers. That was painful to watch.
todayisbananas
2012-05-25 11:00:15
 @aise0603 Good question. This will require some thought...
aise0603
2012-05-25 11:02:01
 @Jooseppi I've read a lot about how they should move Sef to the bench to mirror Ginobili's minutes. 
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-05-25 11:02:37
 @aise0603 I take very little from our previous meetings with the Spurs. Too small a sample size to infer any significant trends from stats, especially when trying to predict a result.   But what this boils down to is execution and adjustments. You say we can adjust to their offensive style. Okay, if the Thunder do get a feel for the Spur PnR and resulting ball movement and they adjust their game accordingly, the Spurs just happen to have a team full of veterans with high IQ along with the best strategic coach in the league sitting on the bench. They're allowed to execute and adjust as well.   Our best hope is to find a way to force this game to be a game of athlete vs athlete. With the system the Spurs run, and with the experience and fluidity that the team runs it, I doubt you see us force them into something else.
tydude
2012-05-25 11:04:12
Time for Thunder Up Anthem from KJ 103 http://www.kj103fm.com/player/?mid=22123519&station=KJYO-FM&program_id=HouseBand.xml&program_name=podcast
tydude
2012-05-25 11:06:29
 @ThunderBelize they didn't have practice yesterday Thunder usually posted Practice recaps on the website 
bmuelle2112
2012-05-25 11:08:00
Even if we steal game one i'm still thinking we are losing this series...obviously i want to win BUT...   * Popovich is going to make adjustments for game 2 and the rest of the series to stop us * Laker's did the same thing after the beatdown they took game one and honestly they could of very well been up in the series 3-2...i'm not saying mwp is right about the lakers being better but still this series was a lot closer then 4-1.   I think stealing game one is basically going to be the difference of us going 5 games or 6-7.   Anyone saying Thunder in 5 or less is...well...lets just say we aren't stealing 2 games on the road in SA
Keith00
2012-05-25 11:14:17
 @bmuelle2112 I think game 1 decides the series. If we can't catch them off guard with a new wrinkle or focus that they aren't already prepared for, they will win. And if they win game 1, they definitely aren't going to lose game 2 when they are better prepared and at home. I think the crowd will still have to legitimately steal game 3 or 4 for us, and we will have to play a near perfect game to keep home court. Same with game 5, I don't see us winning on the road any game but the first.   If we win, we win in 6 at home by playing three near perfect games and stealing one at home. If we lose game one, I only see the series going 5 games. We won't beat the Spurs in San Antonio and I think a 2-0 lead will cause mental breakdowns in game 3 or 4 that give away our advantage at home.
tydude
2012-05-25 11:14:17
I think Royce Young is probably getting ready to head to San Antonio 
Tronchaser
2012-05-25 11:15:16
I tell you guy/gals this.  How many times have we seen this team down and given up on them? I know I have more than a couple of games.  And wouldn't you know it, they've clawed their way back in it and found a way to pull out a win.  I went to Midwest City High School waaaay back in the late 80's.  We had this thing called "Bomber Magic".  Sometimes, you just gotta believe at the end of the game, our boys will find a way to pull it out.   Of course, they may not. But I for one, am not going to give up on them because they face the daunting challenge of beating the Spurs.   Isn't this, as fans, what we live for?  To see our team overcome adversity and return home victorious?   I'm already planning a trip to the airport.
bmuelle2112
2012-05-25 11:18:05
 @Keith00 I can see us taking 2 of 3 games at home if we go 6 games but I don't see us sweeping all three games at home...Obviously sweeping all three games at home is the only way I see us winning this series because I do not see us winning anymore then 1 game on the road...   obviously I hope i'm wrong
aise0603
2012-05-25 11:18:17
 @Tronchaser  We're better than the Spurs.  When we win in 6, it won't be an upset.
Thunderbuzzy
2012-05-25 11:18:41
Is it Sunday yet? I hate the long layoff! Let's get this WCF underway already!!
tydude
2012-05-25 11:19:21
 @Thunderbuzzy tomorrow we all can watch Boston vs 76ers game 7 
bmuelle2112
2012-05-25 11:19:47
 @tydude  @Thunderbuzzy Boston put a beatdown on the 76ers
Thunderbuzzy
2012-05-25 11:20:00
 @tydude That's true. That series has been pretty interesting. Just seems to me as if Boston can thrash them when they bring the energy. Unfortunately they are so old they don't have a lot of that left.
Thunderbuzzy
2012-05-25 11:21:18
 @ThunderChick2010 Carlson?
bmuelle2112
2012-05-25 11:21:48
 @Thunderbuzzy  @tydude i knew they weren't going to close the series out on the road in philly...they were like 2-10 on road close out games...well now 2-11   they will take game 7 at home only to run out of gas in the finals to LeBron and Wade...and i guess the rest of the heat team...if you can call it that lol
Jooseppi
2012-05-25 11:31:27
http://dailythunder.com/2012/05/friday-bolts-5-25-12/
Thunderbuzzy
2012-05-25 11:31:35
 @Jax Raging Bile Duct  @aise0603 The Spurs are a great team. No doubt about that. But what has our Thunder done ever since they moved to OKC? They have exceeded expectations every year. I am not counting them out of anything. At the end of the day the Spurs have all the right ingredients for a title. But at the end of the day the Thunder have a handful of players who can completely take over a game.   If I was unbiased and made a prediction I would say the Spurs in 7. But as a Thunder fan among many, we believe we have what it takes. And we do.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 11:33:53
 @Thunderbuzzy yes
Thunderbuzzy
2012-05-25 11:36:49
 @ThunderChick2010 I don't much care for her lol I am an OU fan but I just hated the way she threw that poor kid at OSU under the bus in her article. And even worse the way she handled herself after "the rant"   I hold grudges too bad I guess. But when someone does that they lose credibility to me. And credibility is the only thing that separates a good writer from a hack that works for Yahoo.
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 11:38:37
 @Tronchaser Preach it, Tronchaser!  (With you in one ear and Jax in the other, I'm going to need some kind of bipolar medication before this is all over.)
ThunderChick2010
2012-05-25 11:45:30
 @Thunderbuzzy Not a big fan either--just thought some might be interested for the Oklahoma tie.
Thunderbuzzy
2012-05-25 11:48:11
 @Lost Ones  @ThunderBelize Considering Manu has played like junk so far in the playoffs and the Spurs have swept two series in a row lol he knows nothing of basketball
FREE_COLE
2012-05-25 12:08:36
 @aise0603 I didn't target you, and honestly didn't read your comment at all.  It was a broader comment on fandom as a whole.     And your opinion just seems like it reaches on the wrong side of fandom.  There is absolutely nothing gimmicky about the spurs offense.  Here is their offense.  Duncan high screen for PnR/PnP, with open shooters on the wings.  Work the ball, set up someone for an open shot.  That's not gimmicks.  That's just the best type of basketball there is.     http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/42873/the-san-antonio-spurs-arent-boring http://www.48minutesofhell.com/series-preview-western-conference-finals-okc-vs-sas   We are a long shot in this series, who have to play better than we have yet to beat this spurs team. That's just the way it is
4razr
2012-05-25 12:43:46
 @Jax Raging Bile Duct  It is indeed a tall order. It's also a huge clash of styles. The Spurs have a purpose and a plan to everything they do. Their offense is built to take the most efficient shots in the game, those around the basket and from beyond the arc. They also make them at an excellent clip, leading to the most efficient offense in the league. The Thunder are the antithesis of this, as many have pointed out, relying on shots such as the midrange jumper that are among the least efficient, and depending a great deal on isolation, which also has a lower reward (in spite of improvement in this area). What the Thunder have done is to become very efficient with the most difficult shots in the game, leading the the second-most efficient offense. What has been said about playoff basketball is that everything on the offensive end becomes more difficult. What has been said specifically about the Thunder is that they will have difficulty executing at a high efficiency in the playoffs because they rely on the most diifficult shots and have nothing systematic to fall back on. We'll see if this is true. But it remains an anomaly to me that a team that has no inside offensive force (from the front line) and no consistent 3-point attack can put together such an efficient offense. It's a real testament to the unique physical tools and skill set of the Thunder players that they have been able to succeed with this combination. For me, this clash of styles is one of the compelling plotlines of the Finals.
pglamascus
2012-05-25 13:08:59
Benn hoopin at the ymca to get over withdraws