- Various degrees of turnovers
- Player development from last year
- Missing Reggie Jackson?
- A glance at the league standings
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With other events unfolding the way they did in the state of Oklahoma, it was only fitting the Thunder joined in with their own overtime game.
And evidently that’s what the Thunder needed. Total fourth quarter output: 13 points. Total overtime output: 18 points.
I can’t decide if that’s really great, or really terrible. Either way, the bottom line is that the Thunder bounced back from a tough loss in Boston to top Philadelphia in overtime, 116-109.
It was one of those games where OKC led for most of it, going up by 10 then watching the lead dwindle to two, then going back up by eight, then watching it tighten back up. There was just a killshot missing, at least until the Thunder started making everything in overtime. In regulation, OKC was 2-16 from 3. In overtime, 4-5. According to an advanced statistic I just made up in my head, that’s a winning OT formula.
Truthfully though, there wasn’t a whole lot fixed or changed from the disappointing loss to the Celtics. The bench was still mostly non-existent — Kevin Martin finished with six points on 2-of-9 shooting, but did hit a big OT 3 — and the game came down to mostly Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant being awesome. As I said last night, that’s often a pretty strong strategy. Those two guys can win the Thunder a whole lot of games exclusively on their own. But that’s not the Thunder at their highest level. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.6 (4th), Sixers– 98.7 (28th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.9 (14th), Sixers – 99.8 (2nd)
Pace: Thunder – 93.0 (8th), Sixers – 91.1 (25th)
View from the enemy: Philadunkia
These are the type of games the Thunder have built a reputation on. The kind that has made them an elite bunch the past few seasons. Lose an ugly one the night before but immediately wash it away with a good bounce back win on the road. Keep Reading…
Happy Saturday. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. I hope your team wins today.
“Pass the ball Perk. Pass the ball Perk. PASS IT PERK. PASS THE BALL PERK. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PASS THE BA– NICE PASS PERK!” — Every Thunder fan last night
Maybe the solution for the second unit creating some offense is as simple as Kendrick Perkins, isolation machine.
Thirty-five to thirteen. That’s really what Friday’s game in Boston came down to.
Boston’s bench 35 points. Oklahoma City’s, 13.
If you’re perusing the box score, that’s probably the stat you circle first in red ink. But naturally, it’s not only as simple as that. Because despite the porous output from the reserves, Kevin Durant had a pretty good look from 3 to knot the game with a little over a minute left. It was one of those standard Thunder comebacks where they just start flying around and out-talenting the other team. Russell Westbrook and Durant got to work, Scott Brooks finally seemed to get a handle on his lineups and the Thunder made a strong push.
In the end, too much Paul Pierce, not enough magic from Westbrook and Durant. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 110.1 (3rd), Celtics– 105.0 (12th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.2 (14th), Celtics – 107.2 (26th)
Pace: Thunder – 92.7 (11th), Celtics – 91.8 (21st)
View from the enemy: Celtics Hub
It’s no big secret the Thunder put quite a bit into Wednesday’s game against the Clippers. They wanted that game and played like it. They needed some kind of statement win. Now that they have it, how do they respond? Keep Reading…
The Thunder’s official site talked with the nice lady KD hit in the face: “Mrs. Liddell’s ‘souvenir’ for the night is a black eye from where the ball hit her, but she said she is fine. ‘That’s minor when you have somone [sic] like Kevin give me a kiss.’ She said Thabo and Jamal Crawford of the Clippers came over to check on her after she was hit the second time, one of the referees gave her a hug and Rumble came and sat in her lap. ‘After a while I said, everyone go away so I can watch that game again,” she joked.'”
Jenni Carlson on the 66ers new coach: “Darko Rajakovic knows that he is so close yet so far from the NBA. Even though the last two men who had the job he now has are currently coaching in the NBA, he doesn’t think about the next step. He lives the one-game-at-a-time sports cliché, but he comes by it honestly. Embracing the here and now is a lesson he learned during a time when bullets and bombs were as much a part of his life as basketball.” Keep Reading…