On today’s podcast we discuss:
- The Thunder’s defensive struggles
- Dion Waiters improvement
- Chances of winning a first round series
- Top five Small Forwards
- Front office rankings
- NBA Statues and much more!
On today’s podcast we discuss:
Sad faces all around.
Here’s Sam Presti’s statement on it:
“As we communicated last week, Kevin was going to use this time to engage in consultation and evaluation regarding the persistent soreness in his right foot at this stage of his rehabilitation. As part of this process, Kevin and Thunder personnel traveled to two additional specialists this past week; Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York City and Dr. James Nunley at Duke University. These in-person consults were designed to further supplement the previous evaluations of Dr. Bob Anderson. Keep Reading…
These are lots of disjointed thoughts, because the Thunder are in the process of spreading out all my emotions. They keep being one thing, then another. And I’m probably still reeling from all these injuries, which just refuse to stop. You could tell me a Thunder player will be out for four to six weeks on account of getting ran over by The Hulk and I would believe you. The Thunder would be less snake bitten if they fell into a den of 50 ft anacondas and then immediately went to sleep.
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I was prepared to talk about how good they had been. That Lakers game, and yes I know it was the Lakers, was so fun to watch. The Thunder did whatever they wanted to offensively and, at times, it felt like they’d put up 150. Though the defense was less than stellar — it was abysmal — the Thunder felt like they were figuring out how to compensate. I know that Jordan Clarkson went for thirty, but maybe, you tell yourself, maybe when the Thunder knows that they need stops, they’ll be able to get them. They did just beat Atlanta. Keep Reading…
Nate Scott of For The Win on Russell Westbrook: “Granted, Westbrook was most likely just upset after getting so thoroughly beaten by the Spurs. But the answers don’t make any sense — Westbrook is asking the reporters why they don’t bring up the team’s bad defense when they win (I think?) but only when they lose? I’m not even sure what he’s saying. The initial question was totally fair, too. If anything, it was a little easy. It’d be a more direct question to say “Hey Russell why did your team lose by nearly 40 points tonight?” This isn’t to say Westbrook is wrong to not be cooperative — it’s his choice to react how he wants to the media. He can answer or not answer. But other people can’t criticize the reporter for doing his or her job with that question; it was more than fair.”
Matt Moore of CBSSports.com: “Morrow’s got to be on the floor. There’s no evidence to suggest that the Thunder struggle defensively with Morrow on the court (at least to a higher degree) and every reason to believe that he’s vital to what OKC needs to do offensively. The worrisome component is how the defense melts into a puddle when Westbrook is on the floor. The Thunder have a sky-high 109.2 defensive rating when Westbrook and Morrow on the court since Durant went down. However, they actually have a worse rating, 110.3 when Morrow sits and Westbrook plays, and the offense plummets.” Keep Reading…
Larry Bird on Russell Westbrook: “Here’s a young man that has had serious injuries — bad knee injuries throughout his career — yet every time he walks on the court, you know you’re going to get 100 percent from him. He attacks, he’s fearless and he plays the way it should be played, so I’m all for him. I hope he wins 10 MVPs in a row. I just love players that compete on a nightly basis and really take the challenge to their opponents.”
Sean Deveney of Sporting News: “If Presti’s problem is that his two best players are too good to stay together, just about any GM in the league would gladly switch roles. It’s a nice problem to have. But the next time Durant takes the floor, it will be the opening of the 2015-16 season, and Durant is slated to be a free agent the following summer — that means he will be inundated with free-agency speculation for all of next season. That takes a toll on a player, as it did on guys like Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard.” Keep Reading…
SAN ANTONIO — Spurs good. Thunder bad. The end.
OK, I can’t help myself.
In the past year, I’ve been to the AT&T Center now seven times. Four of them they’ve ripped apart the Thunder, two of them, it was the Heat. Between those two teams, I’ve seen this exact game happen six times. The Spurs shred the Thunder’s defense, starting by getting to the rim at will, then expand out to hit seemingly every shot they take.
The four Thunder games have followed the same trajectory. A decent-ish first quarter that revealed obvious defensive issues, then a second quarter Spurs spurt, and then a full-on third quarter onslaught.
This wasn’t a butt-kicking. This was a curb-stomping. This was Rick Grimes biting that dudes throat out. This was humiliation unlike the Thunder have really ever experienced.
“They just played harder than us,” Russell Westbrook said. “We just weren’t ready to play. Simple as that.” Keep Reading…
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Offensive Rating: Thunder – 107.2 (11th), Spurs – 107.4 (10th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 104.1 (12th), Spurs – 102.7 (4th)
Both the Spurs and the Thunder are playing on the second night of a back-to-back — the Thunder got another win (now 7 out of 8) against the Lakers, while the Spurs fell to the Mavericks in Dallas.
Last night was another important victory for OKC has it heads towards securing a postseason berth, especially playing in San Antonio tonight. The Spurs are starting to look like the Spurs, now that Tony Parker is looking more and more like himself. Keep Reading…