Archive - December 2011

Game Day #5: Suns at Thunder

Phoenix Suns (1-2, 1-0 on the road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (4-0, 2-0 at home)

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TV: FSOK (Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, DirectTV 679, UVerse 754)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
Projected Lineups:

Thunder:
Phoenix:  

How do you follow up a game like the buzzer beater? You host a streaky team at home in front of a sell out crowd. The city of Oklahoma City is still on cloud nine after the intense ending to Thursday’s game. Kevin Durant’s 28 foot, catch and shoot three-point shot for the win, set up this match up.

Phoenix comes into this game after getting their first win of the season last night, a 93-78 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Read More

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The ‘Peake, Best Crowd in the NBA.

Tons of “experts” claimed that no super star wants to play in a small market like Oklahoma City. There is nothing to do. Not enough television sets to keep him happy. Then, Kevin Durant tweeted that he inked a 5 year extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Why? Who really knows. I’m going to base it on the the fans, this town. It’s a complete package. It provides something that New York, Los Angeles or even Dallas can’t provide. A thirst for this team, I need.. a want for this team. You cannot find that in many cities around the league. I’ll say Portland is right up there with Oklahoma City.

However, No crowd does what Oklahoma City did last night. They started chanting for a player who had missed 16 straight shots. It spanned three games. He still was having a bad game. Turning the ball over, missing shots, making ill-advised passes. However, he entered with 6:43 to go in the ball game. Finished the game 3-4 from the field, including the pivotal play I think that really just jolted this team into a win. Even with the Durant shot. Read More

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Durant Nails Game Winner, Thunder Remain Unbeaten

Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images

I am glad Kevin Durant is on our team. I say that out loud just about every time he drills one of his silky smooth jumpers. Playing its fourth game in five nights, the Thunder played a sloppy game, turning the ball over 26 times. However, with 1.4 seconds remaining, number 35 sent the Thunder faithful home with a 104-102 victory after draining the game-winning shot.

Durant finished the game with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Serge Ibaka also had a solid game, minus his double miss from the free throw line with a chance to ice the victory. Ibaka finished with 16 points on 6-9 shooting, eight rebounds and team-high three blocks. Ibaka had been pretty quiet the first three games, so it was nice to see him have an impact tonight.

The Mavericks attempted 27 more shots than the Thunder tonight. The rebounding margin was even, so that disparity is mostly due to the 26 Thunder turnovers. A very sloppy game compared to last night where the Thunder only turned it over 10 times. Some of that can be attributed to this being the fourth game in five nights, but, still, not many games will result in a victory with 20+ turnovers.

Speaking of turnovers, Russell Westbrook had seven of them again tonight. Westbrook missed his first three shots to start the game before he ended his 0-16 shooting slump. I felt like he got very tentative after his first couple shots didn’t fall. Westbrook did, however, redeemed himself in the fourth quarter (more on that later).

It was a very up and down game. There were some possessions down the stretch where our defense looked very good and there were times where we had devastating lapses (i. e. Vince Carter got wide open to nail that three pointer). Our defense must become more consistent. There were several reoccurring breakdowns, but overall, I think the communication is progressing well.

Post game grades:

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Game Day #4: Mavs at Thunder

Dallas Mavericks (0-2, 0-0 at home) at Oklahoma City Thunder (3-0, 1-0 at home)

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TV: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
Projected Lineups:

Thunder:
Mavericks:

Dallas is in a state of dispair right now. Two blow out losses and a lot of questions. They’ve already dealt with Oklahoma City twice in the preseason, both times they were down 20 points. This is the first regular season game between these two teams since the Western Conference Finals.

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A Look Beyond the Durant/Westbrook Altercation

It was all over the sports television and radio airwaves today: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were involved in a verbal altercation during the game last night and had to be separated.

I have read and listened to many analysts’ perspectives over the past 12 hours. Some have been outrageous and some have been fairly level-headed opinions. The one thing that I think everyone would agree on is that the Durant/Westbrook relationship wouldn’t be an issue if the Thunder finished 20-62 the last two seasons.

With great success comes a greater spotlight. Everything this team does all season will be picked apart by hundreds of analysts who are trying to fill thousands of hours of television and radio. It is frustrating for me as a fan. I would rather have stories written about how our defense has looked very strong so far; or about how Durant made clutch shot after clutch shot to protect the lead (an MVP-esque performance, I might add). I would have even liked if people talked about how James Harden had the ball in his hands more than usual late in the game. Those are examples of stories I would like to read the morning after a big Thunder win – not about a meaningless spat on the bench during a timeout. Read More

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Oklahoma City Improves to 3-0


(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Oklahoma City had another classic, knock-down drag out fight between with the Memphis Grizzlies. Kevin Durant led the Thunder to a 98-95 victory with 32 points. Not before the Grizzlies would fight until the final second when Rudy Gay missed a half court heave that could have tied the game up. Read More

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Game Day #3: Thunder at Grizzlies

Oklahoma City Thunder (2-0, 1-0 Road) at Memphis Grizzlies (0-1, 0-0 Home)

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TV: FS Oklahoma/NBATV (679/216 DirecTV, 37/756 Cox, 754/632 AT&T U-Verse, 416/156 (9508 HD) Dish)
Online Stream: Here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
Projected Lineups:

Thunder:
Grizzlies:

Here we are again. Thunder and the Grizzlies. This time, doesn’t mean nearly as much as it did in the second round of the playoffs. However, still in a shortened season, every game matters just a little more than usual. Read More

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Thunder Links – December 28, 2011

Memphis could test what the Thunder learned in the postseason. Just the physicality of the series is what I remember most,” said forward Nick Collison of the Grizzlies series. “I think it was good for us. We really hadn’t had to do that in a series before. I think we grew up some in that series.” For the Thunder, Wednesday’s game is only Game 3 of a 66-game season. So by no means can this showdown be considered a rematch. Last year’s series was too riveting, too emotional and too intense. But in many ways, this game can be a barometer. (cont…)

A look at what’s going on Memphis. something could be coming together like the Thunder are. Now we’ll see how long the Grizzlies are taken care of by Memphis. The team and city have had an odd and mostly detached relationship. As the only pro team in town, the Grizzlies often found themselves playing second to the University of Memphis. In the last five years the Grizzlies ranked no higher than 27th in home attendance and once were dead last. (cont…)

Paul Flannery of WEEI ranks the Perk trade #4 story in 2011 for the boston area. It happened without warning, although the signs were clear enough. With minutes to go before the end of the NBA’s trading deadline on Feb. 24, Celtics team president Danny Ainge sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round pick via the Clippers that carries a top-10 protection through the 2016 season. (cont…)

James Harden is ready to breakout. 1. James Harden, Thunder. It’s become such a staple to have Harden at the top of this year’s list of breakout guys that you have to wonder if he hasn’t already broken out. Harden hit his stride after the Thunder traded away Jeff Green, and he continued to blossom (13.8 points) in the postseason. (cont…)

A Cleveland blog thinks the Cavs should go after Harden by offering him a max deal, uh oh. So the Cavs convince Harden that a max contract and his ability to be a focal point of the offense make Cleveland his best destination. (cont…)

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Thunder Escape T-Wolves

Oklahoma City couldn’t hit anything in the first 18 minutes of the ball game. Then they got a chance to run. After starting out just 9 of 32 from the field. The Thunder finished 9-13, turning a seven point deficit into a six point half time lead. James Harden was instrumental in the push late in the second half, with 14 first half points, including 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Harden finished with 16 points. Read More

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