Thursday Bolts

  • Another team preview from The Scores Report: “For this season? Dire. For the future? Reasonably bright. Durant looks like a future franchise player, and while Jeff Green struggled in his rookie season, the team has all the ingredients for a turnaround in the next 2-3 years. They have a young core, a ton of draft picks, and oodles of cap space to work with. The upside is that they’ll be playing in front of the patient Oklahoma City fans who will be grateful to have a NBA team in town, even if the horribly-named Thunder don’t win very many games.”
  • HoopsWorld on Russell Westbrook: “What a difference a year makes. Oklahoma City Thunder first-round draft pick Russell Westbrook is the proliferation of that statement, and if the trend continues, he will provide the Thunder with a bolt of lightning sooner rather than later.”
  • Stat geek gone wild: “I am going to warm up the Thunderguru readers to the concept of Offensive Rating, Defensive Rating and Pace. If you’ve been a reader, you know that I use these numbers in my Roster breakdowns to help you see how the team performs when a given player is on/off the court. These numbers paint a much clearer picture of what’s going on with your team when you try and draw comparisons. It misses the point if you just talk about points per game, or points allowed per game, or to say a team plays “fast” or “slow”.”
  • D.J. White’s surgery was a success: Team physicians will perform the second phase of the surgery, mend ing the jaw with a bone graft taken from White’s hip, in approximately six weeks.
  • Thunder notebook; defensive improvement showing: “We know we have a lot of work to do, but we’ve made a lot of progress defensively,” coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “At times, we look like a good defensive team. We certainly don’t look like a good offensive team. We don’t get into our sets. We don’t do a good job with shot selection. A lot of that is me, because we emphasized defense.”
  • Carrie Coppernoll on the excitement of ‘watching the Thunder roll’: “The song “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC needs more play. As I’ve said before, you can never have too much of that.” Heavens no. It’s already been pounded into our heads enough. I was walking on campus this morning and passed a guy wearing a Thunder hat and I kid you not, in my head without thinking (that really doesn’t make sense does it?) I went “THUHNDA! Uh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-uh.” That’s not good. Less Thunderstruck please. More Never Been to Spain.
  • And a fun video from preseason opening night. A Fan slam dunk contest! And it went as expected. A possible torn ACL, a belly flop face plant and a potentially gay cowboy galloping his way around the hardwood. Good idea, management. I hope they all signed waivers.


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