Archive - December 2016

Victor Oladipo to play vs. Clippers tonight

Dec 9, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives to the basket between Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Good news Thunder fans, Victor Oladipo will play tonight vs. the Clippers on New Year’s Eve.

Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Oladipo was injured on Sunday, Dec. 11 in a nasty fall against Boston in the second quarter. Oklahoma City eventually won the game, but lost their starting shooting guard. He would miss the next nine games.

In the nine games Oladipo has missed, Oklahoma City has gone 5-4, including a four-game win streak that was snapped on Thursday night.

Anthony Morrow and Jerami Grant started in place of Oladipo. Oklahoma City went 5-2 with Morrow in the lineup and 0-2 with Grant. Oklahoma City is 15-9 with Oladipo in the starting lineup. It’s unknown if Oladipo will start or if there would be a minute restriction tonight. The Thunder game notes list Morrow as the starter.

According to Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, the shooting motion has been the issue for Oladipo. It was said to be painful to take any shot outside of 15 feet.

“He feels pretty comfortable in the lane, around the free-throw line,” Donovan said Thursday morning. “As he moves out to the top of the key and beyond, he really has significant pain when he basically breaks his wrist down. That force to shoot the ball is pretty painful for him.”

Oladipo is averaging 16.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 24 games this season.

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Thunder lay egg on Beale Street, fall to Grizzlies 114-80

Dec 29, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) shoots in the first half as Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) defends at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook was ejected in the third quarter, arguing calls and that was the least of Oklahoma City’s worries.

The Thunder were spanked by the Memphis Grizzlies 114-80 on Thursday night in front of a sold out FedExForum.

Oklahoma City drops to 20-13 on the season.

“Both sides can be physical, ” Westbrook said. “It wasn’t like that. One was more physical than the other. That’s how it ended up.”

It was a sign early on the Thunder were going to struggle as they turned it over six times, all tied to Westbrook and they were down early. Oklahoma City had a slim 1-point lead but nothing of significance. The Thunder struggled and did it all evening long.

Oklahoma City starters not named Westbrook finished a combined 12 points on 4-of-20.

Memphis took their first double digit lead off a couple of free throws, going up 47-37 with 2:52 left in the second quarter. The wheels continued to fall off.

Oklahoma City trailed 55-38 at halftime.

It seemed like Oklahoma City wanted to come back. There was signs of life and hope early in the third quarter. It all went down the drain when Westbrook was given double technicals with 6:41 left in the third.

“I don’t even think he warranted to be thrown out,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said.

Originally, Westbrook was given a tech for his reaction to a non-call. During a free throw shooting situation, he continued with official Brian Forte and received a second one. That one sent him to the locker room.

“I feel like I don’t get the benefit of the doubt most of the time,” Westbrook said. I get so many techs for talking. I can’t even say nothing when I’m getting hammered going to the damn basket throughout the games. I just don’t get ref’d the same way as other people and I don’t appreciate it.”

Westbrook finished with 21 points, five rebounds and zero assists. It’s the first time since Nov. 8, 2013 against Detroit where Westbrook did not have a single assist. It’s only his third game without an assist in his career.

Enes Kanter finished with 19 points on the bench.

Memphis led by as many as 37 as Troy Daniels nailed a bunch of threes in garbage time.

Oklahoma City shot 38 free throw attempts, tying a season high. They had done it twice before this season.

Alex Abrines nailed two threes in the fourth en route to 10 points.

Oklahoma City will get this out of their mind quickly and get ready for the Los Angeles Clippers coming to town for a New Year’s Eve showdown on Saturday. Tip-off at the ‘Peake is scheduled for 7 p.m.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Defend the rim: A

The Grizzlies shot only 48.4 percent at the rim tonight. That’s the only shining moment for the Thunder tonight. They were better than what Oklahoma City normally does on the season and then they defended better than what Memphis does normally.

Go Fast: F

Only 74 shots for the Thunder, a cool 13 under their season average. It’s what Memphis wanted. Westbrook and everyone played right into the hand’s of Memphis. This cannot happen again.

Score points: F

Oklahoma City only scored 80 points, a season low. The Thunder really weren’t ready for this game it seemed from the opening tip Oklahoma City has to regroup and play much better on Saturday.

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Thunder Game Day #33: at Memphis Grizzlies

Oklahoma City Thunder (20-12, 8-6 away) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (20-14, 12-7 home)
Thursday, Dec. 29 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: FedEx Forum (18,119)

Thunder Game Day #33 at memphis grizzliesvs. Thunder Digest

TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 4-point favorite. O/U is 205
Notes: Thunder: here | Grizzlies: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The hottest team in the association takes their four game win streak to Memphis to do battle with the rival Grizzlies.
  • Russell Westbrook is doing Westbrook-like things. He has 15 triple-doubles in 32 games. He’s on pace for 40 triple-doubles.
  • The series between the Grizzlies and Thunder has been tight, with Oklahoma City with the slim 16-13 advnatage.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma)

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 52 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 16 of the 50 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.

INJURY REPORT

  • Cameron Payne is still out with a foot fracture.
  • Victor Oladipo (wrist) is a out.

50 IS NIFTY

  • On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
  • Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  • Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.

STILL GOOD ODDS

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fifthbest odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES

  • Memphis is 20-14 on the season, seventh in the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 16-13 against the Grizzlies during the Oklahoma City era.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-8 all-time at the FedEx Forum.
  • The Thunder have won the last two games against Memphis.
  • Oklahoma City took two of three in the regular season series against the Grizzlies last season.
  • Mike Conley (toe) is a game-time decision.
  • Deyonta Davis (foot) is out.
  • Brandan Wright (ankle) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Memphis came on Dec. 8, 2015, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 125-88 (37-point margin of victory).
  • Oklahoma City’s largest margin of defeat (11 points) vs. Grizzlies occurred during a 74-85 loss on Jan. 31, 2015.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Defend the rim

While the Thunder are one of the league’s best teams at scoring near the rim, the Memphis Grizzlies are dead last. They’re shooting only 52.3 percent. Cannot let Memphis beat you inside. They’re aging and they’re not as big of a physical threat as they used to be. Assert your will and you win.

GO FAST

The Grizzlies are one of the slowest teams in the league at just a shade over 95 possessions per contest. Oklahoma City is averaging 101 per game. Go fast and keep the Grizzlies on their toes. Memphis is already averaging 84 shots per contest, compared to Oklahoma City’s almost 87 per game. Three shots seems like so minuscule in the grand scheme of things, but that’s anywhere from 6-8 points.

SCORE POINTS

Once again, tale of two different philosophies. Memphis goes slow and only averages 97.4 points per game. Oklahoma City goes fast and they averaged 107.0 points per game. Push it into the 100s and this could favor the Thunder. Memphis is only 7-10 when their opponent scores at least 100 points. There is your Lawler’s Law goal.

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Heat Meltdown! 12.27.16

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 106-94 in a game they basically led throughout. It was one of the most convincing Thunder wins of the season. It’s going to be a long season in Miami, so not surprisingly enough the Heat fans are taking it all in stride. Not a single comment complaining about the officiating.

  • You better own this ass whoopin that Westbrook bout to put on us Bish. It’s all you baby.
  • no Dipo, no Payne, OKC isn’t terribly consistent.
  • We’re gonna get smacked. Just stay healthy.
  • Bold prediction for Russ’s staline tonight. 9-9-9
  • I’m going to go with 34/11/13
  • Yes! Dragic out. Keep the tank rolling
  • Pretty remarkable that Westbrook is this far into the season averaging a triple-double.
  • GODbrook is my favorite non HEATplayer. Man i love that dude. Hes a BEAST
  • This might be a game i dont watch
  • We needed a timeout after that turnover.
  • These heat bums don’t box out.
  • Alex prius guy…who the phuck.
  • I thought Westbrook was going to get a triple dub in the first quarter.
  • Celebrating down 20, I have an issue lol
  • What a pass by Westbrook
  • Whiteside ready and active tonite
  • https://45.media.tumblr.com/34255fd8dea66ca2031c01ab52960b8e/tumblr_nzfe9pTTEU1s3gys4o1_400.gif
  • wtf was wb doing lmao
  • whiteside sucking major fart hole tonight
  • Don’t do that to Whiteside :cry:
  • Westbrook hasn’t even gotten started yet. This is about to turn hideous.
  • Burn this season. Burn it to hell.
  • This is some pathetic basketball.
  • Hassan brings out the best in opposing centers. It seems like most of the ones we face go off.
  • Yeah I don’t like this trend.
  • Haha Goatbrook gonna have a triple-dub in the first half. Maybe.
  • Somehow down just 13. Seemed like we were down 30 that whole half.
  • Goatbrook (lol @ that **** name) got sonned by his daddy earlier this year, no one gives a **** about his trip dubs, DurCant proved and keeps proving GOATbrook (lol @ that name, once again) and Stephanie Curry are both bitches.
  • What is happening
  • Good grief
  • Steven adams looks like someone **** on his face and he forgot to wipe it off
  • This game feels like we’re always 2 possessions away from being down 30
  • Westbrook is violently athletic.
  • come back
  • Westbrook is sitting on the bench just wait
  • Lets face it, Whiteside is more of a lob guy bish. This whole franchise player talk is nonsense
  • Westbrook got more rebs than Whiteside..let that sink in & Whitesides leads the league in rebs
  • I missed The Bang Bus by a couple of minutes. How was it?
  • Westbrook banged everyone. Including the camera guy and the bus driver.
  • Hurricane Westbrook has finally passed.
  • Destroyed us like Andrew.
  • **** this team
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Thunder Digits: Thunder bench continues dominance

Dec 27, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 106-94 Tuesday night. Here are some key Thunder digits on how Oklahoma City became victorious.

33

The amount of rebounds for Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. The trio combined to out-rebound Miami 33-32. Westbrook had 17, while Adams and Kanter had 8 each.

58

The number of points in the paint for the Thunder. Oklahoma City leads the league in points in the paint per game.

46

Bench points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City was led by Kanter (19), Alex Abrines (14) and Jerami Grant (10).

41.7

The bench’s scoring average the past nine games. The bench hasn’t scored less than 36 points since the Thunder’s loss to Houston, where they scored just 24.

13-1

The Thunder’s record when leading after three quarters. In 2015-16, the Thunder had the most blown fourth quarter leads in the NBA.

12-3

Oklahoma City’s record this season when Westbrook has a triple-double. OKC is also 45-7 over his career.

23:51

The amount of time it took for Westbrook to get his league-leading 15th triple-double. It was the third-quickest he got one this year. The rest of the league has 18 triple-doubles combined.

13-of-26

Abrines from three the past four games. He’s also scored 10 or more points in three of the four games.

7-2

The Thunder’s record when Adams scores 15 or more points.

51.2 

The Thunder made 42-of-82 shots tonight, their fourth straight game shooting above 50 percent.

5

The Thunder’s current position in the Western Conference standings. They trail the Clippers by 1.5 games and lead Memphis by one game. Oklahoma City plays at Memphis at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Thunder Game Day #34: vs. L.A. Clippers

Oklahoma City Thunder (20-13, 12-6 home) vs. L.A. Clippers (22-13, 11-7 away)
Saturday, Dec. 31 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena(18,203)

Thunder Game Day #34 vs. L.A. Clippersvs. Thunder Digest

TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 5-point favorite. O/U is 209
Notes: Thunder: here | Clippers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • A humbling loss to the Grizzlies in their last game, leads Oklahoma City into a show down with Western Conference foe, the L.A. Clippers.
  • L.A. and Oklahoma City have split the regular season match ups this season.
  • Russell Westbrook is averaging 32.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in two games against the Clippers.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma)

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 52 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 16 of the 50 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.

INJURY REPORT

  • Cameron Payne is still out with a foot fracture.
  • Victor Oladipo (wrist) is a out.

50 IS NIFTY

  • On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
  • Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  • Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.

STILL GOOD ODDS

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fifthbest odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES

  • The Clippers are 22-13 on the season, fourth in the West.
  • The Thunder is 16-15 against the Clippers during the Oklahoma City era.
  • Oklahoma City is 8-7 at home against the L.A. since relocation.
  • The Thunder are 4-2 in their last six against the Clippers.
  • Both teams split their first two meetings, winning on their opponent’s floor.
  • Blake Griffin (knee) is out.
  • Brice Johnson (back) is out.
  • Wesley Johnson (ankle) is a game-time decision.
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) is a game-time decision.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Los Angeles came on April 15, 2009, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 126-85 (41-point margin of victory).
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (20 points) vs. the Clippers occurred during an 88-108 loss on March 24, 2009.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Bench

Clippers are deep, and they have been since Doc Rivers arrived. Oklahoma City’s bench is going to be needed a lot tonight, especially since it’s the first night of a back-to-back. They need to show up and show out. We’re looking at Enes Kanter, Alex Abrines, and hopefully Jerami Grant.

Thunder Money Ball

The Thunder have to find a way to create space by hitting threes. If they can’t do that. It’ll 1) Let L.A. stay in the game and Oklahoma City could be looking at an L quickly. 2) Cause a low scoring game that might set off all sort of alarms on the Thunder’s offense.

Play your own speed

Oklahoma City wants to play fast and the Raptors don’t. That’s no more apparent than looking at their paces. Oklahoma City is averaging almost 101 possessions per game, while L.A. is averaging under 97. It’s that fast pace, ball movement an forcing turnovers that help Oklahoma City get these extra possessions. That’s why the Thunder have to continue to do this tonight. Cannot play down to the speed of L.A.

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