Allegedly, of course. #notnice
Allegedly, of course. #notnice
After the Thunder’s disappointing 115-110 loss to the Cavaliers that featured Oklahoma City allowing 39 fourth quarter points, Scott Brooks extended shootaround Monday a little longer than usual.
He locked the team in for an extra lengthy film session, breaking down what exactly went wrong, especially on the defensive end. Obviously, the team responded to it, roughing the Mavs up 112-91 last night behind a very solid defensive performance.
“It was just way past due, I think the film session, we just needed that,” Kendrick Perkins said of the film work. “It was more Scotty doing the talking. It wasn’t talking in there though, it was more fussing, telling us where we gotta go, where we was supposed to be at. That’s more what it was.
“At the end of the day, sometimes it takes you having — I don’t really want to call it a bad loss — but a loss where maybe you should’ve won the game,” Perk said. “Sometimes it takes that to come out and bring you back down to Earth and get you back to doing the little things and playing close attention to detail.” Keep Reading…
Bradford Doolittle of ESPN Insider: “Martin is not as good as Harden, and it’s not really close. However, he’s filled his role on the Thunder this season almost as well as Harden did for last season’s squad. Close enough, anyway, to avoid offsetting the improvements OKC has made elsewhere. Harden averaged 19.3 points per 36 minutes, and had a .660 true shooting percentage on a .216 usage rate. Martin comes pretty close: 18.2 points per 36, .617 true shooting, .209 usage. The bottom line is that Oklahoma City is outscoring opponents by 11.2 points for every 100 possessions Martin is on the court. That number for Harden last season was 9.9. The question now is whether Martin can maintain that effect in the playoffs.”
Jack Winter of Warriors World in a 5-on-5 on a made-up J.J. Redick deal: “Redick to the Thunder for Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III and Eric Maynor. Orlando is in full rebuilding mode but is devoid of young players with star potential. Andrew Nicholson and Moe Harkless will obviously build on solid rookie seasons, but neither has the ceiling of Lamb or Jones III. In a league where superstars reign supreme, a small-market team like the Magic needs to roll the dice when they can. The Thunder aren’t playing either rookie anyway, and Redick would be a lethal floor-spacer for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.” Keep Reading…
No Darren Collison miracle 3-pointer was going to save the Mavericks tonight. Unless there’s a 30-pointer that I just don’t know about.
The Thunder didn’t really come flying out of the gate or anything, but more slow boiled their way into a blowout. It really was sparked by a strong 7-0 by the bench to finish the first quarter and carried over by a 39-point second quarter that built OKC’s lead to 68-44 at the half, the most points in a half this season for the Thunder.
Two important factors led to tonight’s result: 1) The Thunder showed up very ready and eager for this one and 2) the Mavs did not show up at all. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 112.4 (1st), Mavs– 104.4 (14th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.7 (10th), Mavs – 106.7 (22nd)
Pace: Thunder – 93.0 (8th), Mavs – 94.4 (5th)
View from the enemy: The Two Man Game
Kind of getting tired of talking about bouncing back for the Thunder. They’re really good at it, which is great, but this is the fourth straight bounce back opportunity for OKC. The Thunder haven’t won back-to-back games since beating Dallas in overtime on Jan. 18. Keep Reading…
Each week the Thunder roster gets ranked and the games that were get reviewed. Who stood out and who didn’t? Week 14 is now in the books, so how did things for Oklahoma City go?
With Kyrie Irving torching the Thunder in crunchtime Saturday night, Oklahoma City dropped to just 9-7 in games decided by two possessions or less this season.
For a team that features not only two of the best players in the world, but two of the best closers in the world, 9-7 doesn’t seem to be all that terrific. I know what you’re thinking too: James Harden murmur murmur murmur. Yeah, losing a really great player like Harden certainly has impacted the way the Thunder have performed at times. Except in games decided by two possessions or less last season, the Thunder were 12-11 (For comparison: The Heat are 8-4 in games decided by two possessions or less, the Spurs 11-6.) So I don’t think it’s fair to read into anything there. Keep Reading…
Matt Moore of CBSSports.com on an imaginary Offensive Player of the Year award: “Durant is unquestionably the best scorer in the league. He’s averaging 29.6 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field, 41 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line, putting him on track to be the first scoring leader in history to average 50-40-90 in a season. If we examine some of the scorer-defining play sets through Synergy, though, there are some interesting results. Durant is actually a better post scorer than you’d expect, as he has transformed his game this season. He’s second among all post scorers with 100 possessions behind Kobe Bryant.”
Tom Ziller of SB Nation on assets and when to deal them: “So perhaps the lesson here isn’t that you should not trade your cheap blue chippers, but that you should leverage their cost-effective production for 1-3 years, let the hype build as everyone realizes what a good deal they are and then flip them … unless, of course, they have that star potential. Bradley and Bledsoe might. Parsons, Sullinger, Seraphin and Vasquez likely do not. Faried is so ridiculously productive that trading him would be too risky. In the end, the decisions need to be weighed like any other, and good front offices will do this better. But the lesson of Parsons is to use those non-lottery picks instead of selling them off, and to look for players who can be productive early, and to keep a reasonable mind about their long-term potential and trade value.” Keep Reading…
For the first time since Daily Thunder officially launched in January of 2009, it’s getting a makeover. Change is terrifying, I agree. But it was time.
First, I want to thank iThemes for the tremendous work done on the remodel. Incredible people to work with that are extremely smart, talented and super creative. Specifically Matt Danner, who has just been awesome in helping get this done. (iThemes also recently remade friends of DT, The Lost Ogle, and did a tremendous job of that too.)
So, what changes for you? Nothing really, except things are little better to look at and posts are easy to find. Nothing changes in commenting, nothing changes in the way the site works. The new little carousel thing at the top will highlight bigger picture pieces that have a little longer shelf life. Hopefully that keeps some stuff available longer as well as from getting buried under whatever else is getting posted. There’s also a scroll to top button on the left now, something my wife is a big fan of. Keep Reading…