Best commercial ever? Best commercial ever.
Best commercial ever? Best commercial ever.
Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com: “Playing Sefolosha doesn’t come without a perceived cost — traditional size — and Scott Brooks has needed some time to fully embrace the viability of his small unit — but he’s come around. Whatever ultimately happens in this series, Game 3 of the Western Conference finals could go down as an important watershed moment in the development of the Oklahoma City as a perennial contender for the foreseeable future. It was the night Brooks embraced the innovation and, possibly, the night Durant went from a small forward to a power forward.”
Andrew McNeill of 48 Minutes of Hell: “Despite how bad it looked, the Spurs don’t need to shake things up. Simple adjustments and an improved effort should be enough to beat the Thunder. You don’t make wholesale changes to a team that just won 20 games in a row.” Keep Reading…
But one that’s verrrrrrrrrrrrrry big. Super big. So big it deserves it’s own NBA BIG commercial.
With the series on the brink, the Thunder responded by completely smoking the Spurs 102-82 to crawl back into the series. It was the kind of Thunder performance we all knew they were capable of. And one they put together for 36 minutes in Game 1. Suffocating defense, relentless transition attacks, smart execution and outstanding individual play from primetime performers.
It was really the only way the Thunder could probably resurrect themselves in this series. When you’re playing a team that’s seemingly invincible like the Spurs, blowing them out is the best way to go. Especially when you’re one loss away from seeing your season basically die. Avoiding crucial halfcourt possessions trying to stop Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan was very wise. Keep Reading…
Spurs lead series 2-0
View from the enemy: 48 Minutes of Hell
Pick your cliche and it fits. Back to the wall, in a hole, backed into a corner, backed into a deep hole with a corner wall. Whatever. The Thunder have to win tonight, otherwise it’s just about playing for pride. The home crowd will help, but I think Game 2 might’ve revealed a few things. Plus, I doubt Tony Parker will make every shot he attempts. At least I hope not. Keep Reading…
It’s no big shocker that Kevin Durant seems ready for Game 3. The shocker would be if he didn’t seem ready. But there was a little something different about him as he spoke with the media at shootaround Thursday morning.
Call it energy, call it excitement, call it anticipation — it was all there. Durant seemed really geared up, engaging questions, talking with an extra level of energy. It was so obvious that one reporter even said to Durant, “Sounds like you’re ready to go.”
“I am,” Durant said. Keep Reading…
Bill Simmons with an always entertaining retro-diary: “Durant (27 points) makes two freebies, Duncan makes one of two (Spurs by 14), then Westbrook air-balls a horrific 3 with 20 seconds left on the shot clock. For the record: I like Westbrook. He’s young, he’s a good teammate, he’s fun to watch, he gives a crap, and he’s absolutely breathtaking in person. He also gets dissected on the Internet like no NBA star other than LeBron, something that undeniably affected him last summer and led Presti to tell me a few weeks ago that he’s never seen an athlete face more scrutiny at a younger age than Westbrook faced during last year’s playoffs. That’s just the nature of the beast now — basketball has become a 24/7/365 sport, and once we’re down to one playoff game a night, every flaw and every bad decision gets exacerbated. A lot of times, unfairly.”
Zach Lowe of SI.com: “But the Thunder have to try something. Perhaps they should experiment with Sefolosha on Parker, and/or with going under the initial screens, rather than chasing Parker over them. Maybe they should trap Parker more aggressively, hoping that they can recover properly before Parker finds an open Duncan. I don’t know the answer, but I know the status quo isn’t working. The Thunder need a solution — and they’re running out of time.” Keep Reading…
The Oklahoma City Thunder are disappointed but not discouraged as they try to dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole in their Western Conference Finals series against San Antonio.
It’s a daunting task that few teams and players have successfully completed, much more daunting than Thunder head coach Scott Brooks even realized when he talked with reporters today, “what is the stat? Like 70 percent or 80 percent (of teams down 0-2 go one to lose the series), higher than that?”
Um yes, it is. 94 percent of teams that win the first two games go on to win the series. Keep Reading…
There’s a harsh reality a team has to face when it falls into a playoff hole. Blame starts flying. Fingers get pointed. Heads are called for. The other team can’t possibly be better, so it has to be someone’s fault, so why not start with the head coach? The Thunder are backed into a corner and have to respond at home, otherwise their season will end the same as it did a year ago. Some are putting jobs on the line with this series, but I find that completely ridiculous. Don’t fall into that grass-is-greener-overreact-at-everything trap. At least not yet.
But still, what could Scott Brooks and his staff be doing different and how much blood is on their hands? Keep Reading…