I joined Jason Smith on ESPN’s NBA Today podcast to talk about the three-game win streak and the Tyson Chandler deal that wasn’t. I’m on at about 8:30. And I must say, I sound pretty stinking good.
Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus with a really interesting piece looking at close losses: “Oklahoma City’s bad luck in last-second finishes is no surprise to anyone who has followed the Thunder this season. Time and again, Oklahoma City has been done in by buzzer beaters, including multiple occasions where Kevin Durant has scored to put the Thunder ahead in the closing seconds only to see an opponent match his shot. In fact, Oklahoma City’s futility in close games is historic. No other team in the sample has won less than 25 percent of its close games. Presumably, things will even out to some extent the rest of the way.”
Scott Brooks took a little exception Mark Cuban’s comments and he had a response: “Thunder coach Scott Brooks’ response: “I understand Dallas is a very talented team, and they might have had an off night. They can say whatever they want to say. But we played aggressive, hard, physical, good basketball with two of our better players out.”
The Lost Ogle has ideas with what Oklahoma can do with its $2.5 billion from Obama’s stimulus package: “There is a conspiracy theory being bandied about among NBA fans that there was a nefarious reason behind the Thunder rescinding their trade with the New Orleans Hornets. For those who have forgotten, the Thunder were to receive Tyson Chandler, a borderline all-star center, in return for two guys who can’t make it into the rotation for the Thunder and a second round pick who probably never would have made the team. That’s what you call an unbalanced trade … With the stimulus money to back it up, though, one has to wonder if Thunder GM Sam Presti could find a loophole to un-rescind the trade.” Keep Reading…