UPDATE: Finally, video of the halftime performance nearly gone horribly wrong. Watch and be horrified.
NBA.com Power Rankings: “The Thunder had shown some defensive improvement (104.9 rating over a 10-game stretch) until they lost Desmond Mason for the season with a hyperextended right knee. Then they gave up a combined 232 points in Utah and Sacramento.”
And No. 25 in SI’s rankings: “Kevin Durant was rightfully left off the All-Star team, as a club as bad as OKC probably doesn’t deserve to be represented. But is there any doubt this will be the final time for a while that this happens? Durant is averaging 26.1 points since coach Scott Brooks took over and moved him to small forward in November. “Kevin Durant is a potential Hall of Fame player,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He has the passion. He’s basically unstoppable.”
Update on Serge Ibaka: The Sergeant had one of his best games of the season two nights ago, scoring 16 on 7-9 shooting and grabbing 15 boards against DKV Joventut. He’s getting more and more minutes (almost 19 a game over the last six, up from about 11 in his first 13). Follow Serge here. (Are you might need this.)
The TrueHoop network got together to come up with some ideas for All-Star reform: “I’d like to see the freshmen play the NBDL All Stars. It’s become apparent that the NBDL is a viable source of NBA level talent. I think this would be a competitive game, since each has something valuable to play for. The D-Leaguers will be fighting to show that they belong in the league, and they may have an extra chip on their shoulder playing millionaire rookies.”
SLAM’s top shooting guard prospects – a position OKC definitely needs help at: “Up until the past month or so, Duke’s Gerald Henderson has only shown frustratingly small doses of his talent and potential. He seems to have turned a corner, however, posting 13-straight double-digit scoring games and four games of 20 or more points in January alone. Henderson is NBA athleticism personified.”