John Rohde has New Year’s resolutions for players. I like Perk’s: “Ivey was in the middle of his response when Perkins walked by and bellowed, “I’ve got a New Year’s resolution. You want to know what it is?” Sure. “’No.’ My New Year’s Resolution is the word, ‘No.'” Thunder players broke out in laughter. As he spoke, Perkins was busy trying to come up with enough extra tickets for Saturday night’s home game against Phoenix. Perk then continued with his rant. “Perk, do you have some extra tickets? NO.” “Perk, can I have? NO.” “Perk? NO.” Laughter rolled throughout the Thunder locker room.”
From Elias: “Kevin Durant scored only 12 points in Oklahoma City’s win over Phoenix. It was the 17th time in his NBA career that Durant scored 12 or fewer points in a game. The Sonics/Thunder are 2-15 in those 17 games, with the only other win coming on December 29, 2007 when the Sonics beat the Timberwolves, 109-90.” Keep Reading…
Note: This was recorded Saturday before the game.
5-0, 1st in the West, with one of the 3 most talented roster’s in the NBA. So what could hold this team back from winning an NBA championship right now? The Godfather, Royce Young, joins TGR to discuss just that.
Plus we introduce our newest segment “It’s a Myth” where we take widely held beliefs about the Thunder and explain why we think they aren’t necessarily true.
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There’s a certain business-like mode really good teams can turn on. And the Thunder activated that Saturday against the Suns.
No slow start, no letting up, no lapses or lack of focus. Oklahoma City was ready and waiting for Phoenix and handled its business 107-97 on New Year’s Eve to improve to 5-0.
I want to break this thing down, but what’s there really to say. The Thunder rolled the Suns with KD only scoring 12 points and no starter playing more than 30 minutes. It was an efficient takedown of a team OKC should completely outclass at home, with the Suns coming off a game the night before.
OKC started the game on a quick 7-0 run and then the bench took over, piling up 33 of the Thunder’s 60 first half points. James Harden was terrific, dishing out eight assists with six in the first half. Daequan Cook went 4-5 from 3. Nazr Mohammed scored nine and made a number of nice plays, including a sweet fake pass and-1 layup. This game really was just a clinical performance from a Thunder team that should do exactly what it did. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 107.5 (7th), Suns– 97.2 (27th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 102.9 (16th), Suns – 99.5 (9th)
Pace: Thunder – 93.8 (10th), Suns – 89.1 (24th)
View from the enemy: Valley of the Suns
These are the type of games that kind of show you who you are. The buzzer-beaters and the big wins over contenders go a long way, but the Thunder face an average Suns team that’s coming off a game the night before. At home. There’s really no excuse to lose, or even have be that much of a headache. Problem is, Phoenix has that Steve Nash guy that tends to make things difficult. Keep Reading…
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There’s a simple principle to any last second shot: It’s always a good shot when it goes in. Well, sort of. It can be a very bad shot — like KD’s game-winner last night against Dallas — but also be a great shot. Because look at what happened:
1) The Thunder got the ball to their best player with 1.4 seconds left
2) Durant got a pretty free, clean look at the basket
3) He made it
Considering the circumstances, I’d say Scott Brooks and his staff drew up a sufficient shot. Again, mainly because it went in. Had it not, the Thunder would be 3-1 and there would be a lot of griping about Brooks’ ability to dial up a good last second look. Keep Reading…
Via my good buddy Michael
Kevin Durant’s game-winner was a beautiful thing. One of those moments whether you were at home or fortunate enough to be in the arena, you want to relive over and over again.
Nothing will capture that moment of instant jubilation like being there, but videos from inside the arena do a pretty good job I think. Here are a few good ones. Keep Reading…