On today’s podcast Jon Hamm joins to discuss the following topics:
- New Year’s Resolutions
- Paul Millsap trades
- Cam Payne’s DL game
- And more!
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Kevin Durant in a Q&A: “Yeah, there’s times I felt like I wanted to get something off my chest, but then I understood why they was like, “You know, it’s not even worth it,” because distractions are real. You can easily get distracted from this, but when you’re around a bunch of veteran guys that’s been covered just like this, it really doesn’t matter. You can talk and just move on. But when you’re on a younger team and we don’t get that much coverage playing in a smaller market, that stuff can really seep in and really get a hold of the team and distract the team. So, it’s not about me not wanting to talk to y’all or feeling untouchable. I just followed protocol. I followed the rules, you know what I’m saying? Those are the organization’s rules. I play basketball. I can’t control the media, the way I play. I can’t control all of it.”
Nick Friedell of ESPN.com on if the Bulls should trade Butler: “Yes. Butler has turned himself into one of the very best players in the league. The Bulls’ roster isn’t very good. He is their most valuable asset. I don’t think they will move him, but I do think they should consider it for the right offer.” Keep Reading…
The Oklahoma City Thunder started the week off by extending its win streak to four games. However, the Thunder dropped two of the next three, with road losses to the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks sandwiching a complete demolition of the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers.
SIX THINGS FROM THE WEEK
Alex Abrines. For most of the year, Alex Abrines’s minutes have been inconsistent at best. As of late, however, Billy Donovan has been deploying Abrines with more regularity. This week, Abrines averaged over 18 minutes a game and produced–averaging 10.5 points while shooting 50% from three. Keep Reading…
Erik Horne: “Russell Westbrook said in order to keep its pace this season, the Thunder needed defense. He was right, particularly against Milwaukee on Monday. But in the Thunder’s 98-94 loss to Bucks, it was his offense that couldn’t keep up with OKC’s late defensive stands. With his shot failing him in the second half, Westbrook stripped Jabari Parker and dove to the floor for the loose ball, calling timeout. He bought the Thunder a final offensive possession with 14.2 seconds left, the Thunder trailing 96-94. Westbrook didn’t even get a chance to come up clutch.”
NBA.com ranks OKC sixth: “Two nights after he got ejected (with zero assists and six turnovers) in the third quarter in Memphis, Russell Westbrook made sure he had a triple-double by halftime against the Clippers. Throw away the loss to the Grizzlies and the Thunder have played their best offensive basketball of the season, scoring 117 points per 100 possessions in their other seven games since mid-December. And most of that was without Victor Oladipo, who returned on Saturday. We’ll see if that continues as they play the league’s toughest January schedule, both in regard to opponent strength (nine of the 15 opponents are at or above .500) and home-road ratio (3/12).” Keep Reading…
Man, that was a tough loss.
The Bucks has possession up two with about 30 seconds left to play. After a screen set by Jabari Parker on Russell Westbrook, Russ was switched onto the Bucks forward. Parker went left then behind his back and Russ poked the ball away, scooped it up and got a quick timeout.
14.2 seconds remained on the clock. Keep Reading…
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Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
As the Oklahoma City Thunder head into 2017, there are two things this team needs to continue on the track it is currently on: good health and continued improvement. The team you see on the floor now is much improved from the team that first stepped on the floor on October 26th against the Philadelphia 76ers. It took about a month and a half, but Billy Donovan finally has ID’ed some of the moving parts on this team. But as is the case with the NBA, parts are always shuffling in and out of lineups because of injuries and chemistry is sometimes affected by that. Keep Reading…
May your triples be big and your doubles be plentiful.
Russell Westbrook got a really fast triple-double tonight. That’s basically the relevant takeaway from this game. It took him a little more than 19 minutes to put up 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and it happened with about 30 seconds left in the second quarter.
Outside of the that, the Clippers looked like a team very much not interested in playing a professional basketball game, especially with Chris Paul sitting, along with Blake Griffin. Brandon Bass briefly looked like the greatest power forward of all time, but for the most part the Clippers were abominably bad, and the Thunder looked quite good with Victor Oladipo back. Keep Reading…