Author - Matt Tierney

Thunder Game Postponed Over Coronavirus Concern

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mike Muscala (33) fouls Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) as Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) drives during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City.

Postgame Notes

During warmups Steven Adams hit a very cool shot over the backboard, as he has done many times before. It was cool.

 

Thank you for reading tonight’s postgame notes.

Initial Delay

Okay, so now for what actually happened.

According Royce Young, reporting on ESPN after the game was postponed, literally seconds before tipoff an OKC medical doctor sprinted on to the court to inform the refs of undisclosed information.

Both teams were abruptly sent back to their respective locker rooms. The PA states that the league must first approve the start of the game. It was later reported that Rudy Gobert’s illness was causing some concern by the league.

It sounded like a quick fix. Just make sure that he’s fine and get on with it.

Then the halftime entertainment performed. And then immediately after the performance, the PA comes back on to announce the game is postpone. Naturally, everyone in the arena freaked.

New reports are showing that Chesapeake will be shut down after the fans leave tonight. Although it’s unclear who or what caused the scare, most reputable sources are claiming it is from an NBA player, not a fan.

 

What Now?

The NBA clearly does not know how to handle this situation. Frankly, nobody does. This disease is so scary yet so undetectable that the natural thought is to err on the side of caution. Tonight, the NBA chose to do something extreme now rather than let something extreme happen later.

However, that doesn’t excuse them. If it is a player, as currently reported, how does the NBA not test them beforehand? Gobert and Mudiay were reported out as early as this morning, you couldn’t do any tests then?

With this chaos, it would make sense for the league to stop all fans from attending games starting tomorrow. You don’t want another situation like this to occur again.

For now, we will have to wait on more news to unfold. We will update this page as often as possible as information becomes available.

 

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Home Court Advantage on the Line: Thunder vs Jazz Preview

Should Utah lose intentionally so OKC gets home court advantage and less games on the road where they are statistically better?

If you really think about it, the logic makes sense. OKC is statistically better on the road, why not let them have home court advantage if you’re the opposing team? Lose tonight, OKC goes to the 4th seed and Utah goes to the 5th seed. Jazz would be in the driver’s seat. They would never see it coming

Oklahoma City Thunder (39-24, 19-11 away)

at

Boston Celtics (42-20, 23-8 home)

Wednesday, March 11 // 7:00 p.m. CST // Chesapeake Arena
TV Coverage: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
LineUTA (+5.0) @ OKC :: O/U 221.5
Online StreamFS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game NotesThunder | Jazz

INJURY REPORT

THUNDER

Darius Bazley (Right knee bone bruise) listed as OUT

Andre Roberson (Left knee injury recovery) listed as OUT

 

JAZZ

Rudy Gobert listed as QUESTIONABLE (previously listed OUT)

Emmanuel Mudiay listed as OUT

Nigel Williams-Goss as OUT

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

THUNDER: Chris Paul (G), Luguentz Dort (G), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G/F), Danilo Gallinari (F), Steven Adams (C)

JAZZ: Mike Conley (G), Donovan Mitchell (G), Bojan Bogdonavic (F), Royce O’Neale (F), Avery Bradley (C)

 

Lots at stake: With Utah one game ahead of OKC in the standings, a win by the Thunder would launch the team to the 4th seed after sitting in the 6th seed just days ago. Rudy Gobert’s absence in the paint will create a large opportunity for players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder who capitalize on finishing at the rim. Look for lots of baskets inside the 3PT line, either midrange or at-the-rim shots.

Utah has been wildly inconsistent. They have gone through weeks winless and then other weeks without a loss. They are currently 5-5 in their last 10 after losing their last game against Toronto

Tip-off is at 7PM CST. And don’t forget to…

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NBA Confirms that Coronavirus Severity is Real

When Fads Become Fear

I will admit that there have been many past trends creating mass hysteria on social media – Ebola for example – that I did not take seriously. In part, this is due to my privilege as a young, healthy male in the world’s most technologically and medicinally advanced country.

But the other reason it never truly bothered me is this: if it was truly a national or even global concern, it should eventually affect the bottom dollar. Sure, stock markets would take the occasional dip, but the market often trends with hysteria, accurate or otherwise. It’s when individual companies and organizations make decisions that are directly against their bottom dollar that the fear becomes absolutely real.

The NBA Willingly Chooses to Lose Millions

The most recent news from Marc Stein and Woj is the first of its kind over this situation. A multi-billion dollar organization in the U.S., whose primary goal is to grow the brand and increase their value, has done the exact opposite for the sake of public health. It’s sad to say, but most of the time the higher-ups will not allow this decision unless there is no other option and the public opinion is so heavily shifted in one direction.

Either way, this move by the NBA is not one to be taken lightly. As an executive [of which i have no experience but have read several new articles about them], you don’t decide to lose millions because of a fad or trend online. Similarly, the Chase Center will lose more and more each day this Coronavirus is not sequestered. It also sets the precedent for other arenas to make the same difficult decision. This is confirmation for those still in doubt that the numbers (on reputable websites) regarding those infected are real.

 

Why Me?

If you are like me, it’s very likely this won’t affect you directly. But there’s a good chance it will affect someone in your life. Perhaps a parent, grandparent, or child. These ages are extremely vulnerable, and this virus is three times as deadly as the flu. Even more shocking, the disease can spread even if you do not express the symptoms.

This is why it’s even more important to be proactive. I’m sure you have seen the steps to take, but here is a good place to start.

Maybe you don’t believe that this is as serious as it seems, but what happens if you’re wrong and a loved one becomes infected? Maybe it’s better to put your opinions aside for the safety of others. If this dies down and you end up right after all, I’ll be sure to give you a nice round of applause. But until then, just stay safe. Please.

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Finding the Key to Thunder’s Road Success

Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder notched their 20th win on the road against one of the Eastern Conference powerhouses. Another demonstration of this team’s determination to win while away from Chesapeake Arena.

Turns out, this team is one of the best road teams. They have won 13 of the last 14 road games, with the only loss coming to a fully healthy Bucks team. Since losing their first six, they have an outstanding 20-5 road record. Now they have a better road record (20-11) than at home (20-13).

This has been one of the more peculiar storylines for this team. It’s very uncommon to find more success away from the home fanbase. So what is the reason? Who is contributing the most to this success? Maybe there’s multiple reasons. I wanted to find out.

 

Crunching the Numbers

I started looking at the Thunder’s splits between road and home games and found nothing that clearly justifies their recent road game success. In fact, their net rating at home (+3.9) is significantly better than on the road (+0.9). Their field goal percentage (49% home, 46% road) and 3PT percentage (35.4% home, 34.9% road) also seemed contradictory. Yet the record speaks for itself.

Looking at individual player stats didn’t justify the road success either. Almost everyone had better stats at home than on the road. This typically makes sense as you tend to play more comfortably with a home crowd but again – their record says otherwise, there must be a reason!

One interesting note is their ability to maintain and even exceed their defensive norms when traveling. In a recent Forbes article by Nick Crain, the defensive numbers presented suggest that while most teams want to run and gun, OKC can slow the game down to their liking.

There is definitely something to this, as OKC’s defensive rating is better on the road (107.9) than at home (109.0). But I wanted to know if there was anything else going on here.

 

Clutching the Numbers

Now, if you’ve watched any coverage of CP3 you will hear his incredible clutch stats this season (clutch stats are defined as stats accumulated with a five point or fewer differential with five minutes to go). He is first in total points (144), wins (29), and steals (10) over 42 games. Even if you didn’t see these stats but have watched the Thunder this season you can see that his presence is significantly important at the end of games.

But does that translate to more road wins? Not really.

It does translate to more wins overall, but when comparing his home and road clutch stats you will find very few discrepancies. Over his 55 minutes of clutch time in home wins he has accumulated 53 points on 57% shooting and 5-8 (62.5%) from 3PT. Likewise, his 63 minutes of clutch time in road wins he has 58 points on 56% shooting and 1-7 (18%) from 3PT. Pretty much the same between the two, with the exception of his 3PT shooting slump on the road.

Clearly, he can’t be giving more to this team on the road if the numbers are basically the same. So who else could it be?

 

Vince tutte le partite

That’s right. The Italian Stallion. Danny Dimes. Danny Dunks.

His clutch stats on the road are remarkably better than at home. To highlight, over his 48 minutes of clutch time at home he has 21 points on 5-19 (26%) shooting and 3-12 (25%) from 3PT. But over his 43 minutes of road game clutch time, he is top 5 in the league for each of these categories.

It’s unclear why this is happening. Most ranged shooters tend to perform better at home on a familiar court with the crowd behind them. And what’s even more peculiar is that Gallinari IS shooting better at home, just not in clutch time minutes. Something about those final 5 minutes with the game on the line brings out the road stallion.

Gallinari’s poor home game clutch stats is obviously not the reason they are a great clutch team overall – that can be attributed to Chris Paul, as we’ve seen time and time again. And it’s not that Chris Paul is underperforming on the road, he’s actually quite consistent. But what seems to take OKC over the top is Gallinari’s lights out performances in crunch time.

After uncovering this, I will be interested to see his upcoming clutch time performances, as I’m sure we will have many more before the season ends. And perhaps we can uncover the exact reasons for this phenomenon. For now, let’s just enjoy the Italian Stallion and Clutch Paul as the continue to wreck havoc on the road and at home, respectively.

 

 

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A Season-Defining Victory: Thunder 105, Boston 104

One of, no, THE best game of the season just happened at TD Gardens.

The game started particularly sloppy for OKC, recording the first five turnovers on the night in about one and a half quarters of basketball. But then we got run after run after run.

First it was the Thunder on a 10-0 run to take the lead in the 1st, 29-26. Then Boston went on a 10-0 then 10-2 run in the second quarter. It looked like the Celtics were going to shoot the Thunder out of this.

But Chris Paul happened. More specifically, Chris Paul’s midrange happened. Between that and Schroder’s pull up jump shot, the pick-and-roll offense was humming, and Boston had no idea how to cover it correctly.

Combined with some timely outside shooting by Dennis, OKC was right back into the game. The 4th quarter between these two teams was just like the last one in Chesapeake, dealing blow after blow waiting for the other to falter enough to capitalize.

Nobody blinked. The game was within 3 points the entire quarter. Each basket was matched, and each miss was followed by a tremendous defensive effort.

Clutch is in the Air

It came down to the last seconds of the game. Steven Adams, with his team down 1, misses both free throws. But CP3 comes out of nowhere to get the offensive rebound, but misses the floater on the drive. Boston has the ball up one with eight seconds left.

It felt like OKC would have to play the free throw game, which would not go well with a great free-throw shooting team like Boston. But CP3 perfectly traps Kemba Walker in the back court, and Dennis flies in from behind to grab the steal, turn around and lay it in.

Now Boston had to hurry. Brad Stevens calls a timeout and draws up a fantastic play to get the mismatch between Tatum and CP3. But little did they know that Clutch Paul would not let his team lose this game, locking him up as the final shot falls short. OKC wins 105-104.

This was by far the most significant game of the season. SGA was ruled out pregame. Playing at TD Gardens with a fired up fanbase. Going up against one of the best players post-All Star game averaging 31.1 points. But OKC did everything they needed to do, and walk away victorious.

Now, the Thunder get two days of rest before their next game back in OKC against the Jazz.

To the notes!!

 

1st Half

  • No SGA makes me one [*extreme Schroder voice*] “helluva nervous player”
  • Ferg and Dort providing offensively? Yes please. Gonna need that the whole game to keep up with these goons.
  • At one point Dennis Schroder had 7 points on 2 shots (and-1 3PT, and-1 2PT). That means he was scoring 3.5 points per shot, which I find remarkably difficult to accomplish.
  • Brian Scalabrine is a pretty decent commentator. I don’t mind the very strong Celtics bias, but that’s what you gotta expect. Michael Cage is insanely bias.
  • The 3’s. Dear god the 3’s. Make the Celtics stop. We’ll give you whatever you want, just please stop.
  • There are just so many runs in this first half. 12-0 run by OKC first, then 10-0 by Boston, then another 10-2 run by Boston. It’s just chaos right now.

2nd Half

  • God bless Chris Paul and his beautiful midrange shot.
  • It’s crazy how good this Celtics team is when fully healthy. They have so many players that can score, you have to play nearly perfect basketball to beat them. The 3rd quarter is nearly over and they have 4 guys in double digits
  • Nader revenge SZN in full effect. He’s gonna be raining 3’s every chance he gets tonight.
  • So let me get this straight: you can’t review a no-call, but if someone challenges a foul and it gets overturned, they can call the foul on the other team (which was not called originally)?? How does that make any sense?
  • DENNIS JUST HAD THE MOST CLUTCH DEFENSIVE PLAY THIS SEASON
  • NEVER MIND CP3 HAD THE MOST CLUTCH DEFENSIVE PLAY, THUNDER WIN
  • OKC Boston would be an incredible Finals matchup. I’m just saying.

 

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Another Garden Trip: Celtics vs. Thunder Game Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder (39-24, 19-11 away)

at

Boston Celtics (42-20, 23-8 home)

Sunday, March 8 // 6:00 p.m. CST // TD Garden
TV Coverage: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
LineOKC (+4.5) @ BOS :: O/U 217.5
Online StreamFS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game NotesThunder | Celtics

INJURY REPORT

THUNDER

Darius Bazley (Right knee bone bruise) listed as OUT

Andre Roberson (Left knee injury recovery) listed as OUT

CELTICS

Jaylen Brown listed as OUT

Gordon Hayward (knee) listed as PROBABLE

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

THUNDER: Chris Paul (G), Luguentz Dort (G), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G/F), Danilo Gallinari (F), Steven Adams (C)

CELTICS: Kemba Walker (G), Marcus Smart (G), Grant Williams (F), Jayson Tatum (F), Daniel Theis (C)

 

A TRIP AROUND THE GARDEN

Who to watch

Jayson Tatum has been white hot over the last month. Since February he is averaging 29.9 points (48.3% FG, 48.0% 3PT), 7.9 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks. Against a guard-heavy lineup, he will be a probable matchup issue. On the other side, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has played tremendously well in his three matchups against the Celtics. He is averaging 16.7 points on 63% FG and 5-7 (71%) from behind the arc. However Marcus Smart, an elite defender, will likely defend him during most possessions. Keep an eye on that matchup as the game goes on.

What to watch

BOS ranks 9th in rebounds per game, while OKC ranks 26th. During their last matchup, Daniel Theis out rebounded Steven Adams throughout the entire game, creating too many second chance points to overcome. Rebounding will likely determine the outcome of this game once again.

Why watch?

Both of these teams are in the thick of a playoff push. OKC, now half of a game between the 5th seed and 7th seed, is walking a thin rope for their playoff position. Meanwhile Boston is fighting for home court in the East, now 2.5 games ahead of the 4th seed Miami Heat and 5 games back of the 5th seed Indiana Pacers.

Outside of playoff seeding, both teams have uniquely dynamic offenses. We will see a showdown between two Coach of the Year candidates in Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens and see which side can effectively utilize their strengths.

Thankfully, these east coast games start an hour early, which means tipoff is at 6PM CST!

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LiAngelo Ball Signs with OKC Blue

Shams Bomb

After swirling rumors for several days, the Shams bomb finally dropped this morning. LiAngelo will sign with the Oklahoma City Blue via waiver claim.

The Ball family has faced its fair share of controversy. Lavar, LiAngelo’s father, has touted his three sons on countless national media platforms. In 2017, LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after a shoplifting arrest and signed with his brother, LaMelo, for a team in Lithuania.

This season LaMelo joined the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League (NGL). LiAngelo, however, has not found as much success. Coming into college as a three-star recruit, his skill set is not as polished as his two brothers.

 

Why OKC?

The signing is definitely an interesting one. The Ball brothers have garnered some resistance among NBA GM’s due to their loud-mouthed father. It begs the question if this signing is an act of desperation for the OKC Blue, who are only 20-20 on the season.

That said, the signing has very few downsides. Give him some time to perform in the G League and if he develops, great. If not, don’t resign him. Simple as that.

Time will tell how this shapes out, but at the very least it gives OKC some national media attention.

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Thunder Knick Up the Knicks: Postgame #63 Notes

Give the Knicks credit: they had their way in the first six minutes. The rest of the game? Not so much.

In what was an expected victory, OKC made it a blowout victory. By the second quarter the game was double digits, and by the third quarter this game was wrapped up.

The Knicks had no outside shooting, going 4/22 (18%) from deep, and the Thunder quickly adjusted to prevent points in the paint. Despite several open looks throughout the game, the likes of Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett could not knock down enough shots to force the defense to commit to them.

Danilo Gallinari was multidimensional, knocking down the long range shots while also getting into the paint and drawing fouls. He led the team with 22 points on 3/8 from 3PT and 5/6 FT.

Most of the second half was a coast, featuring several bench players who don’t usually see that many minutes. The last time these two teams faced, OKC was 22% 3PT and tonight it was the Knicks who were cold. Oh how the turntables…..…….…..

Outside of basketball, this night was one to remember. The victims from 9/11 memorial and the OKC bombing memorial came together to exchange jerseys signed by their respective teams. Nick Collison, representing OKC, was there to share the moment. It was a special occasion to say the least.

 

And now the notes!

 

1st Half

  • A female firefighter at the 9/11 attacks sung the national anthem beautifully. How does one woman have so much badass
  • The Knicks are determined to make 3PT shots that have absolutely zero chance of going in
  • Mitchell Robinson has hops. Maybe they should use that more.
  • Kevin Knox II is bad. That is all.
  • I had no idea how many first responders were at both the 9/11 attacks and the OKC bombing. Those dudes and dudettes are absolute studs.
  • Turns out when you adjust the defense to stop points in the paint it works quite well against the Knicks.
  • At the end of the half Kevin Knox is still bad and the Knicks just don’t make 3PT shots.

 

2nd Half

  • Per Chris Fisher, Lu Dort has 20 starts this season. Every other 2-way player has 13 started combined.
  • Nerlens Noel hangtime is insane. He just floats there. No wonder he gets so many alley oops.
  • The Knicks have their first 3PT shot six minutes into the 3rd quarter. Congratulations!!
  • I wish there was a stat showing the average distance away from the basket for each attempted 3PT. If that existed the Knicks would be leading the league by a mile.
  • Yeah this is officially “blowout” territory. Just what you want to see against this Knicks team.
  • Michael Cage forgot CP3 missed a game. That game happened to be the one after Kobe’s passing. Yikes.
  • Well, all the reserves are out there just doing their thing. Guess this one is over.

Thunder play again Sunday at another garden – TD Garden, to be specific. The Celtics, an Eastern Conference powerhouse, will be a formidable challenge to end this road game stretch.

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OKC to NYC: Game #63 Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder (38-24, 18-11 away)

at

New York Knicks (19-43, 10-21 home)

Friday, March 6 // 6:30 p.m. CST // Madison Square Garden
TV Coverage: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
LineOKC (-7.0) @ NYK :: O/U 219.0
Online StreamFS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game NotesThunder | Knicks

 

INJURY REPORT

THUNDER

Darius Bazley (Right knee bone bruise) listed as out

Andre Roberson (Left knee injury recovery) listed as out

KNICKS

Kenny Wooten (thumb) listed as out

Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion) listed as out

Mitchell Robinson (hamstring) listed as questionable

Kevin Knox II (leg) is listed as probable

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

THUNDER: Chris Paul (G), Luguentz Dort (G), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G/F), Danilo Gallinari (F), Steven Adams (C)

Knicks: Elfrid Payton (G), RJ Barrett (G/F), Maurice Harkless (F), Julius Randle (F), Taj Gibson (F/C)

 

A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE

Who to watch

Julius Randle has quietly assembled one of his best statistical seasons so far, averaging 19.8 points and 9.8 boards. Over his career he has averaged 14.7 points and 7.8  boards against the Thunder. Despite recent rumors regarding the Knicks and Chris Paul, he has performed quite well historically against the franchise, notching almost 19 points per game on 43% 3PT and over 10 assists.

What to watch

OKC ranks 7th among the NBA in free throws (80%), while the Knicks are dead last (69%). If this game comes down to the wire, the free throw game might be the deciding factor.

Why watch?

The most important reason is to find out whether or not Spike Lee can enter the building without a tussle. The second most important is because the Knicks, despite another underwhelming season, have shown flashes of promise. Notably, their recent home win against the Houston Rockets on Monday. Despite only 10 home wins, two of those have come in the last week.

Since January 18th, the Knicks rank 1st in opponent rebounds (39.9) and 4th in opponent points (109.1) making them a formidable defensive team. OKC should enter tonight’s game as aggressive as they would against any other team.

Coverage begins at 6PM CST, and tip-off is at 6:30 (weird start time, so don’t forget!)

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Getting Down in Detroit: Game #62 Recap

Wow. That ending was not what any of us expected.

It was an OKC double digit lead on and off for most of this one, but Detroit kept it close with excellent 3PT shooting. It didn’t matter if it was Knight, Wood, or that guy from Kansas whose name I can’t spell, they were raining them from everywhere.

But we know this Thunder team and what it’s done in the 4th quarter. Doesn’t matter if it’s a playoff or a lottery contender, you have to finish games strong. They did that tonight.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander deserves immense praise. Tonight will be one that we look on years from now and say “this is when we knew he was gonna be a star”. He scored 27 points on just 15 shots. No that’s not a typo. 15 SHOTS. The man was deep in his bag of tricks again, and looked as smooth as a greased up pig that just ate a buttermilk biscuit with a side of butter cream.

He wasn’t the only key player tonight. Gallinari went 3/8 from deep, with the most important one coming with 21 seconds to go up one to make it a two-possession game. Chris Paul was efficient with 7/10 from the field, and Schroder was racking up the assists (9) to go with his 23 points.

Regardless of the opponent, this win felt critical. OKC was coming off two very bad losses, including the largest deficit in franchise history against the Bucks. They needed some momentum and they got it, albeit with a less-than-ideal ending. Regardless, it is momentum they can carry into their next game Friday against the Knicks.

And now, for your regularly scheduled postgame notes. Please note the capitalization change when things become quite tense in the game.

Notes:

1st Half

  • Michael Cage is talking a little too much about the distinction between “creep” and “creeper”. I’m quite uncomfortable.
  • So many 3’s. Give me all the 3’s. *insert Elmo raising hands behind a bed of fire gif*
  • Dennis Schroder has transformed from the guy who fouls 3PT shots to the guy who draws 3PT shot fouls. You love to see it
  • Thunder should be up by 50 in the 2nd but they forgot how to rebound. It’s almost like they have Andre Drummond OH WAIT.
  • Steven Adams is now stealing passes like they are interceptions. It’s possible he thinks they are on a(n) (American) football field.
  • I’ve said it countless times: Chris Fisher and Michael Cage are a divorced couple that are getting along for the sake of their kids. It’s the exact same energy
  • The fact that it’s still a single point lead close to half is worrying me. We should be much farther ahead
  • OKC was so close to shooting 69% from the field but Gallinari missed the next shot. Not nice.
  • Gallinari is such a weapon. He’s taller than any perimeter defender and faster than most post defenders. You just can’t stop him if he’s cooking.
  • Ferguson is playing aggressive offensively I repeat Ferguson is playing aggressive offensively.
  • Correction to the above note. OKC shoots 69% from the field with 69 points at half. The nicest of nice.

2nd Half

  • Shai has returned to his ultimate, buttery-smooth form that has not been present the last couple games.
  • I’m stealing this from Andrew Schlecht because I feel the same way but every time Ferguson makes a three I feel like I’m cheering on my own hypothetical child at their basketball game.
  • Steven Adams tried to shoot a full court shot at the buzzer and Detroit fouled him. Everyone says that was a dumb foul but I say that’s high IQ basketball. Everyone knows Adams is the deadliest shooter behind the halfcourt line.
  • T-Ferg’s three is waived off between quarters, and then we get an offensive foul on the first play of the 4th quarter.
  • Time for the 4th quarter CP3 midrange buckets. Like clockwork.
  • What the hell is going on with Detroit? Every player is deadly from 3PT all of a sudden this game
  • I REPEAT DETROIT HAS FIVE STEPH CURRY’S ON THE FLOOR IT’S RAINING THREES HELP
  • IT IS TIME TO PANIC DETROIT JUST TOOK THE LEAD ON 3PT SHOTS ALONE
  • DANILO GALLINARI AKA DANNY ICE MAKES IT TWO POSSESSION GAME WITH 21 SECONDS LEFT
  • Christian Wood nearly hit a banked 3PT shot and to be honest I thought it was gonna go in based on Detroit’s shooting the rest of this game
  • OKC just won this by the skin of their teeth. What a game.

 

The Thunder look to make it two wins in a row at Madison Square Garden. Until then, Thunder UP!!!
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