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Warriors Meltdown 11.22.17

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 108-91 for their first win over the Warriors in almost two years. Russell Westbrook was bananas. The Thunder were amazing and the Warriors meltdown is worth it. They’re not horrible but they’re funny and they definitely credit OKC while bagging on their own team. Enjoy the first Warriors meltdown forever. Here you go:

  • one day, these games against thunder won’t matter so much but for now, let’s shut them down!
  • roberson took 4 damn steps before that shovel pass
  • This is getting feisty! love it!
  • Our ball handling is really horrible
  • Whichever team stops turning it over will take the lead
  • Playing dumb so far
  • Uh-oh. 2 fouls on Durant
  • More home cooking
  • Seriously what has Looney done
  • taken up minutes from Bell and McGee today
  • Do we have to give up 30+ every 1st quarter?
  • Hi Warriors. Play defense
  • This is so painful to watch
  • this is comedy
  • it’s awesome we’re only down single digits
  • It seems like Steph has completely forgotten that OKC is long and that the passing windows are smaller
  • OKC are playing D and they are hustling for loose balls, active hands in passing lanes …. vs. us not doing anything like that!
  • Wish we could just fast forward to the 3rd quarter
  • So OKC kinda sucks. What’s going on here?
  • anthony traveled at least twice on that play
  • WAKE UP
  • refs making their presence felt once again
  • What’s the reason for trailing a significantly inferior opponent
  • Snap out of it !!!!
  • Remember: The Warriors are getting the Thunder’s best shot—the third quarter will tell the story.
  • Ahhh this home officiating
  • Westbrook is like the athletic pinnacle of human existence. Holy shit at that drive and dunk
  • it still amuses me that westbrook can be demonstrative and it’s called being passionate, but green does it and it’s disrespectful
  • Somebody wake me up when the Warriors have a call go their way.
  • Warriors are screwed
  • 95% chance they win this game
  • Warriors keeping it close.
  • gotta weather the storm
  • Kinda feel like they need to get blown out. Cuz they really not playing well at all recently
  • Any other team would be up 20 on the Warriors.
  • Like that?
  • Embarrassing
  • OKC is a bad rebounding team yet they already have 7 off rebounds tonight SMH
  • Andre is a -17, gross
  • Hoping for another 2nd half OKC collapse
  • I’ve been saying OKC is the only team that can beat the dubs in a series
  • OKC announcer: “dribbling unmolested.” Did I hear that right? Lol
  • Warriors are up against the league. That is not something that is easily overcome
  • klay ice cold
  • WTF, Durant?
  • LOL Pack it in. We done here
  • This is a blowout
  • wait how are we getting blown out
  • dubs dont get blown out
  • Warriors, what are you doing???
  • You knew that was going to happen, Dray.
  • f*** these refs
  • What happened to those 2 being cool lol
  • KD needs to calm his ass down , jfc
  • Dubs in their own heads now!
  • Why can’t we hit our shots? Is OKC’s defense THAT good?
  • I’m done. Not going to waste next 15 mins of my life watching us play like sh*t
  • Kerr looks like he checked out of this game about 8 hours ago.
  • Curry deserved that. No energy at all and Russ made him pay
  • Steph never wins a loose ball race, lol….so soft
  • We are playing like a JV team.
  • F***ing Draymond. Stop getting Ts. Kerr, just send him to the locker room
  • George just gave them the shimmy…oh nooo..
  • any reason to be concerned?
  • Westbrook is irrelevant. Let’s go home.
  • LOL Iguodala that wsa horrible
  • Jesus…I have no idea what Iggy just did
  • i hate those lazy one handed passes by steph, i think teams are anticipating those passes….if i were a high school coach, i wouldnt tolerate those lazy passes!
  • Westbrook just clowning us and we’re doing nothing.
  • westbrook gotta chill wins 1 of the last 8 and acts like he’s won the championship lol
  • Westbrook and Melo brought it tonight..
  • You know it’s not your game when Raymond Felton is hitting pullup 22-footers
  • I wish Klay would have shown up to the arena and that Steph would have had a Red Bull before the game
  • Nice game by the Thunder but I’m more unimpressed by the Warriors.
  • lol warriors are getting their asses kicked tonight
  • Kerr is acting like an idiot instead of coaching
  • Overall the foul calls been complete doo doo. But we getting worked anyways
  • Warriors just don’t have “it” so far this year.
  • very happy Westbrook finally got his ring tonight
  • the Thunder got up for the game and the Warriors didn’t
  • just another game? that cliche is wearing thin
  • Pretty sure the warriors will never win again
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Thunder introduce Felton and Patterson

The Oklahoma City Thunder formally introduced Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson on Tuesday morning.

Patterson will wear no. 54 and Felton will wear no. 2. It will be only the second time in franchise history someone has worn no. 54. Chris Wilcox wore it in Oklahoma City’s first season. No. 2 has been popular, being won by three different players: Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler and Anthony Morrow.

Felton, 33, has played for six teams over his career. He was named to the 2005-06 NBA All-Rookie team. Felton recently played with the L.A. Clippers.

Felton is a veteran-savvy point guard who went to North Carolina. One major plus for Felton is he has remained healthy throughout his career. He has played in more than 65 games for 10 of his 12 seasons.

“Being a 12 year guy, the goal is to win a ring,” Felton said. “This organization has been one of the top teams for the last 10 years.”

Last season, Felton averaged 6.7 points in 21.7 minutes per game, providing a quality back up for Chris Paul. He shot 43 percent from the field but only 31.9 percent from three.

Last season, Patterson appeared in 65 games and started in eight of them for the Toronto Raptors. He averaged 6.8 points per game on 40 percent shooting to go along with 37 percent from deep. Rounding out his usual box score, he averaged 4.5 rebounds.

“Everyone is taking less money to win,” Patterson said. “Our goal is to win a championship here.”

A career 37 percent shooter from deep, the Thunder have in effect swapped Taj Gibson — who signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves — for Patterson, a player who can stretch the floor and demand defenders away from the paint.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will introduce Paul George tomorrow at 6 p.m. We’ll have your coverage live on our social media accounts, so make sure you’re following.

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Orlando Summer League Schedule

The Orlando Pro Summer League gets set to kick off in a little over a week. For the Oklahoma City Thunder, they never head to Las Vegas. They prefer the intimate details of the Orlando league. There are no fans. No real distractions. There is media and team personnel there. With the outside world blocked off, the Thunder can better evaluate their prospects. Oklahoma City did win the 2013 OPSL Championship with Jeremy Lamb winning MVP honors.

You’ll get to see a nice squad of Thunder players at this year’s event. Josh HuestisDomas Sabonis, and Semaj Christon, are all expected to play. Oh yeah, and Terrance Ferguson, the Thunder’s most recent draft pick is expected to play.

From the Oklahoma City BlueDaniel HamiltonAlex Caruso, and Dakari Johnson should be suited up as well.

We’re still learning what undrafted free agents will join the team, too. Right now only one confirmed is Malcolm Hill of Illinois. He’s a small forward and should see minutes behind Huestis.

This season, the Thunder will be joined by the Orlando MagicCharlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat and the New York Knicks.

In the past, Orlando has fielded a blue and white squad. That is not the case this season.

All games will be available on NBA.com or you can watch them on your TV on NBATV. Check your local listings and such.

Here is the Oklahoma City schedule for the six-day event:

  • July 1: at Detroit Pistons- 4 p.m.
  • July 2: OFF
  • July 3: vs. New York Knicks – 12 p.m.
  • July 4: vs. Charlotte Hornets – 12 p.m.
  • July 5: vs. Dallas Mavericks – 12 p.m.
  • July 6: Championship Day:

    1st game — 7:00 a.m. — 8th place at 7th place

    2nd game — 9:00 a.m. — 6th place at 5th place

    3rd game — 11:00 p.m. — 4th place at 3rd place

    4th game — 1:00 p.m. — 2nd place at 1st place

Oklahoma City’s history in the OPSL
(since becoming the Thunder)

2008: Sixth Place (of six) — 2-3
2009: Third Place (of six) — 3-2
2010: Champions (of six) — 4-1
2011: No Summer League due to lockout
2012: Fourth Place (of eight) — 3-2
2013: Champions (of 10) — 5-0
2014: Seventh Place (of 10) — 2-3
2015: Fourth Place (of 10) — 3-2
2016: Third Place (of 10) — 4-1

Past OPSL Champions

Year League Champion Score Runner-up League MVP
2013 Orlando Oklahoma City Thunder 85–77 Houston Rockets Jeremy Lamb
2014 Orlando Philadelphia 76ers 91–75 Memphis Grizzlies Elfrid Payton
2015 Orlando Memphis Grizzlies 75–73 (OT) Orlando Magic (White) Aaron Gordon
2016 Orlando Orlando Magic (White) 87–84 (OT) Detroit Pistons Arinze Onuaku

Game Rules

  • Four 10-minute quarters
  • Eight-minute halftime
  • Ten-minute warm-up period prior to the start of each game
  • Teams are in the penalty on the 10th team foul or second in the last two minutes
  • Players foul out on their 10th personal foul
  • Each team will receive two full timeouts per half
  • Mandatory timeouts will be taken at the first stoppage of play after 5:59 and 2:59 of each quarter
  • A timeout taken by a team will negate the next mandatory timeout in that quarter
  • Timeouts do not carry over
  • All timeouts will be 1:45 in duration
  • Each team will also receive one advance (stop play, ability to substitute, and inbound the ball from the 28’ mark in the frontcourt) in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter and in any overtime period

Overtime

  • Two-minute overtime period
  • Each team is allowed one timeout
  • Each team is allowed one advance
  • Penalty begins on the 2nd team foul
  • The second overtime period is sudden death (first team to score a point wins)

All other NBA rules apply.

Competition Format

  • Each team will play five games over the six-day event
  • Standings will be kept over the first five days of the league according to a point system (described below)
  • Every team will play their fifth and final game against the opponent seeded most closely to them in the standings
    • For example, the two teams with the highest point totals will play in the Championship game; the teams with the third and fourth-highest point totals play in a third place game, etc.

Point System

  • Standings over the first six days of the league will be kept using an EIGHT-POINT SYSTEM. In this system, eight points are awarded each game and distributed as follows:
    • Four points for winning the game -One point for every quarter a team wins (in the event of a tied quarter, both teams will receive 0.5 points)
  • As a result, the winning team in each game can collect between five to eight points, while the losing team can collect from zero to three points.

Championship Seeding Criteria

  • Championship seeding will be determined by a team’s total points in the league standings
  • In the event of a tie, the following tie-breaker steps will be in place:
    • Tiebreaker 1: Total point differential
    • Tiebreaker 2: Total points allowed
    • Tiebreaker 3: Coin flip

Note – Overall or head-to-head win/loss record will NOT impact championship day seeding. Seeding will be determined solely by the criteria above.

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Thunder Digest NBA Awards

Oklahoma City did not win a championship but you know what? Russell Westbrook is probably going to win the NBA MVP here in the next two weeks. So, we here at Thunder Digest paired up with a handful of local and national media to vote on our own NBA awards.

Here is a list of those who voted:

ThunderDigest.com: Chuck Chaney, Brady Trantham, Ross Lovelace, Marshall Clayton, Cameron Jourdan, Aaron Albertson, Wade Haugen, Kynan Marlin, Trent Attyah, Parker Burnett.

The rest: Lucan Hann (Clipsnation.com), Ryan Viera (Bluemanhoop.com), Honi Ahmadian (DefPenHoops), Colby Daniels (107.7 the Franchise), Erik Gee (107.7 the Franchise), Benjamin Becker (Fan vote), Addam Francisco (InsideThunder.com), Quixem Ramirez (PoundingtheRock.com), Carson Cunningham (KOCO), Dylan Buckingham (KFOR), Steve McGehee (KWTV), Andrew Carter (KCTV), Michael Sykes (Bulletsforever.com), Alex Golden (The Grueling Truth)

Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee

Mar 29, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) watches his three point shot with Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the second half of the Milwaukee Bucks 103-100 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Votes:

  1. Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee – 80 points (9 first place votes)
  2. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia –  74 points (11 first place votes)
  3. Dario Saric, Philadelphia – 51 points (3 first place votes)
  4. Buddy Hield, Sacramento –  10 points (1 first place vote)
  5. Yogi Ferrell, Dallas –  1 point

Complete ROY Voting

Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni, Houston

May 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni reacts in game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Votes:

  1. Mike D’Antoni, Houston – 82 points (9 first place votes)
  2. Scott Brooks, Washington –  33 points (3 first place votes)
  3. Erik Spoelstra, Miami –  33 points (3 first place votes)
  4. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 28 points (4 first place votes)
  5. Brad Stevens, Boston, – 17 points (2 first place votes)
  6. Quin Snyder, Utah – 15 points (2 first place votes)
  7. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 5 points (1 first place vote)
  8. Jason Kidd, Milwaukee – 3 points

Complete COY Voting

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah

Mar 8, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) elevates for a slam dunk against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Votes:

  1. Rudy Gobert, Utah –  76 points (9 first place votes)
  2. Draymond Green, Golden State – 72 points (7 first place votes)
  3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 61 points (8 first place votes)
  4. Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City – 5 points
  5. Anthony Davis, New Orleans – 1 point
  6. Jimmy Butler, Chicago – 1 point

Complete DPOY Voting

Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon, Houston

Apr 19, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives to the basket while Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) defends during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Votes:

  1. Eric Gordon, Houston – 93 points (15 first place votes)
  2. Andre Igoudala, Golden State – 64 points (4 first place votes)
  3. Lou Williams, Houston – 47 points (5 first place votes)
  4. Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City – 5 points
  5. James Johnson, Miami – 3 points
  6. Zach Randolph, Memphis –  1 points
  7. Greg Monroe, Milwaukee – 1 points
  8. Kelly Oubre, Washington – 1 points
  9. Wilson Chandler, Denver – 1 points

Complete 6MOY voting

Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee

Apr 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) comes off the court after being poked in the eye by a Toronto Raptors player in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Milwaukee defeated Toronto 97-83. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Votes:

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 107 points (19 first place votes)
  2. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 35 points (2 first place votes)
  3. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 26 points (1 first place vote)
  4. Isaiah Thomas, Boston – 17 points (1 first place vote)
  5. Otto Porter, Washington – 15 points (1 first place vote)
  6. Gordon Hayward, Utah – 3 points
  7. Devin Booker, Phoenix – 3 points
  8. Miles Turner, Indiana – 3 points
  9. D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers – 3 points
  10. Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers – 1 point
  11. Seth Curry, Dallas – 1 point
  12. Jae Crowder, Boston –  1 point
  13. Harrison Barnes, Dallas – 1 point

Complete MIP Voting

Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

Votes:

  1. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 229 points (21 first place votes)
  2. James Harden, Houston – 173 points (3 first place votes)
  3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 101 points
  4. LeBron James, Cleveland – 85 points
  5. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 12 points
  6. John Wall, Washington – 9 points
  7. Isaiah Thomas, Boston – 7 points
  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 4 points
  9. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 3 points
  10. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers – 1 point

Complete MVP Voting

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The Offseason: Odds to signing back Thunder’s free agents

We are in the middle of a multi-part series of breaking down everything about Oklahoma City Thunder’s off-season situation. You can read the first two installments here and here.

Today, we are checking out each Thunder player that is now a free agent and the odds of Oklahoma City retaining them and signing them back.

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Westbrook excited about the future

Russell Westbrook sat at the podium in the Integris Thunder Development Center wearing an all-black Air Jordan outfit. Atop his head, he wore a black bucket hat with cut-out labels reading “Why” “Not” and “Why not?” spread over it.

“Why not” has been the theme for Westbrook his entire life. But it has taken on new life with the 2016-17 campaign.

Back in the summer of 2016 when dreams of the Oklahoma City Thunder winning the NBA Finals were dashed with the departure of Kevin Durant, all eyes pointed to the remaining star. What would he want now? What would Sam Presti and the Thunder do with him? The future was suddenly a dark place for Thunder fans.

Then Westbrook said “Why not?” and signed an extension with the team that drafted him and chose to lead his squad.

While the season brought a historical run not seen since the Kennedy Administration, the ending did not result in Westbrook’s or the team’s ultimate desire. Despite this, the team proclaimed “King of the Prairie” is happy with his status and the team’s future.

“We’ve got a group of guys that love to work and I know we are going to come back ready,” Westbrook said to the media. “Obviously, everyone knows I love Oklahoma City and I love being here. It’s a place I want to be.”

Those words come as catnip to an ever-hungry fanbase ready to find more ways to praise their All-Star point guard.

As Westbrook addressed the media about the team, his impending parent-status and attending the NBA Awards Show in June, his personal future with the contract extension that will surely be offered to him this offseason was not a topic he had thought of.

“I haven’t thought about it just yet,” Westbrook replied.

While NBA and Thunder fans have heard similar answers to similar questions like this in the past, Westbrook did not speak like a man who is thinking about greener pastures.

“Sam (Presti) has done an amazing job and I trust in his abilities to be able to put guys here who want to be here and who want to win a championship,” Westbrook said when asked about if he would take a role in helping reshape the roster.

“If he (Presti) wants to talk to me, we have a relationship where we can.”

There will certainly be a large temperament of emotions when it comes to the long-term future of the Thunder’s superstar, Westbrook seems to appreciate his team, city and fans. He even shared his thoughts on the importance of Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson coming to Oklahoma City this season.

“For guys of that caliber to come to Oklahoma City I think is great for the people, the fans and our team is something I’ve never dreamed about and I am very thankful for.”

To say that Westbrook is eager to get back onto the court would be a lie. He will become a father in May. His fashion endeavors will take up a chunk of the offseason. But its apparent that the MVP candidate is in need of some R&R.

“Resting is something I take very seriously,” Westbrook shared. “Resting my mind and my body so I am able to remain consistent and play at a high level.”

After averaging a triple-double, it is safe to say no one will blame him for wanting a short break.

As we inch closer to another pivotal offseason for the Thunder, questions remain. Will Presti work more draft night magic to improve the team? Will these moves entice Westbrook to sign another long-term deal? If the latter does not happen, what then?

Whatever scenario, Westbrook is confident in the team now. He spoke about how much pride he derived from the team rallying around one another after Durant’s departure and the subsequent “left for dead” comments from the basketball media world.

To believe Westbrook will stay or go is up for debate. But Westbrook’s confidence grows in the team, himself and the front office, why not believe he will be the Thunder star for years to come?

Why not?

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Why Kyle Singler is Eugene from the Walking Dead

There’s so much talk about why Kyle Singler played in Game 2 and then why he continued to play despite the horrible offense he throws up. However, it’s probably due to who he relates to on The Walking Dead.

Stay with me here.

Note: There are about to be some spoilers if you haven’t watched any seasons of the Walking Dead and are going to. Stop reading now.
Kyle Singler is the Eugene of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Why is this? Why relate to a man who is said to be a scientist? Because like Eugene, Kyle Singler is a liar to your face and he does it to survive.

Eugene met the group from Atlanta with others, saying he was a scientist. This gruop of people led by Abraham. They’re the protection for this man who knows how to save the world. He needs to get to Washington D.C. because he knows how to save the world.

So, the both groups take the dangerous trip to D.C. and then turns out the worst thing happened: Eugene is lying. He’s not a scientist. He doesn’t know how to save the world. He’s a fraud. He only wants to save his own hide.

That’s all where the relations between Eugene and Singler comes through. Singler lied about his basketball abilities. He told the Thunder he was able to lead them to a cure for a championship

That never happened though. All Singler did was jeopardize this team and put them behind the 8-ball. Oklahoma City fell for it. Like Eugene, expect Singler to defect when given an opportunity remain safe. He cares about himself only.

We haven’t even began to talk about the hair. Their hairstyles between the two are both wild and really forces you to question their decision making. Eugene, unlike Singler, is staying with the mullet. Singler has gone from boy band, to beiber, to Hanabil Lecter.

This doesn’t even get into how this forces Russell Westbrook into becoming Rick. Eugene’s decisions have made Rick do some questionable things, despite him thinking it’s best for the group. This is how we get bad russ and good russ.

When given the opportunity to actually contribute to society, Eugene cries and isn’t worth the gel keeping his mullet in place, but will Singler continue that path? It’s unknown and maybe Singler will break the mold, before he’s consumed by the walking dead of players ended in the playoff eliminations.

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5 Thoughts: Let’s talk about Taj Mahal

The Oklahoma City Thunder struck back with vengeance after their 115-113 to pull within 2-1 in the first round against the Houston Rockets. While we wait for Game 4, here are my five thoughts on Game 3’s win:

TAJ GIBSON THRIVED

Taj Gibson barely played it seemed in Game 2 after a solid start from the former Bull. However, Billy Donovan adjusted and played Gibson a lot more, 29 minutes to be exact, and it paid off. He was 10-of-13 for 20 points and he pulled down two rebounds. His ability to post up in the third quarter brought Nene back in and forced a sharp shooter like Ryan Anderson out of the game. Gibson was a ball of energy and honestly appeared to be playing pissed off. His playoff savvy leadership showed as he was a catalyst for the first quarter run. Donovan then used Gibson at the five, forcing the Rockets to go super small and the Thunder feasted on their soft defense in this moment.

BILLY D MAKING MOVES AND NOT OVERREACTING

The cat-and-mouse game between Donovan and D’Antoni continues to go back-and-forth. Donovan also shortened his rotation, some what. Instead of playing 12-13 players as did in Game 2, it was down to 10 players. Instead of Christon, who is by far and away the better defender over Norris Cole, was inactive. Kyle Singler, who’s an offensive black hole but can play some quality defense, was also inactive. This opened the door for Doug McDermott and Alex Abrines to shine. They were nice from deep tonight as they combined for 4-of-9 from three-point line and Oklahoma City hit nine threes. It started with the offensive adjustment, instead of trying to defend…

QUALITY DEFENSE BY THE THUNDER

That said, Oklahoma City essentially shut the Rockets out from three. Houston was only 10-of-35 from deep. James Harden was no different, he was only 4-of-12. Oklahoma City closed out on shooters. They did not allow many wide open threes. Another thing to be watching for the Rockets is the distance within their threes. Most of their threes tonight, came near the line, but throughout the regular seaosn, their attempts came 2-3 feet BEHIND the arc. So, missing long or short. Over adjusting throughout the game. When the Thunder are almost equal in makes, they should really run away with this one but…

BAD OFFICIATING

The officiating was horribly inconsistent. I officiate at the high school level, so it’s hard for me to berate and not understand why something was called or understand their angles are better than ours. That said, the NBA needs to address the three-point fouling issue. Harden has something working for him and it’s eerily similiar to what Kevin Durant had with his rip move. The NBA ruled it a non-shooting foul and that’s probably what they need to do with Harden’s throwing up a three anytime there’s remote contact. I’m not necessarily disagreeing that he’s fouled. I don’t feel he’s in the shooting motion.

ANDRE ROBERSON IS GOING TO GET PAID

Sure, Harden has scored a ton of points in this series. It seems most of that has come at the free throw line. 49 of his 116 points have come at the free throw line. However, Roberson is making him work for every single bucket. While Harden is shooting 47 percent for the series, Harden must go home, drink a cold beer and just can’t wait until the series is over because Roberson probably goes to the bathroom when he goes. He probably gets popcorn when Harden does. Oklahoma City is will have to spend a lot of money to keep Dre this summer but elite defenders are hard to come by when you’re trying to compete for championship. If he continues to turn Playoff Dre into a regular season thing, you HAVE to pay him.

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The last time someone averaged a triple-double…

Russell Westbrook has ascended into basketball legend by averaging a triple-double for the entire 2016-17 NBA season. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard completed his run at history tonight by becoming the first player since the 1961-62 season to achieve this statistical anomaly set by the great Oscar Robertson.

With his performance tonight, Westbrook has achieved what many over the years said could never be done.

Something this historic requires exactly that. History.

1962 FACTS

  • John F. Kennedy begins his second year as President of the United States
  • Eleanor Roosevelt dies at 78
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Johnny Carson begins his 30 year stint as the host of NBC’s Tonight Show
  • Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points on March 2nd in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • The first WalMart is opened in Rogers, Arkansas
  • Marilyn Monroe is found dead at 32
  • James Meredith, a black student, begins his study at the formerly-segregated University of Mississippi
  • Actors Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Demi Moore are born as well as Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett
  • Alabama defeats Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl to claim the national championship
  • Jackie Robinson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • The Boston Celtics defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to win the NBA Finals
  • The average NBA salary was $13,000.00
  • The average cost of a new home was $12,500.00
  • The average income per year was $5,556.00
  • The average monthly rent was $111.00
  • Marvel superhero Spider Man debuts in Amazing Fantasy #15 
  • The Beatles release their first recording “Love Me Do
  • Lawrence of Arabia grosses over $44 million dollars to become the #1 movie of the year
  • A triple-double is averaged by a single player over an entire NBA season…

Robertson’s final game of the regular season came on March 3rd of that year. It has been 55 years since an NBA player has reached this historic accomplishment.

661 months.

20,124 days.

31.8 points.

10.7 rebounds.

10.4 assists.

1 player.

Number 0.

Take a bow, Russell. This is your moment.

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The Thunder trade that never was

On Feb. 20, 2009 the Thunder made the first blockbuster trade of their young franchise’s history (disregarding anything with the Sonics). They sent Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith to New Orleans for Tyson Chandler.

It all had to do with a big toe. Chandler, at the time was only 26 years old, was baffled by the decision of his doctor. The doctor in question, Dr. Carlan Yates had done the surgery on Chandler’s big toe and then cleared Chandler. Who played 79 games in the 2007-08 season of said surgically repaired big toe. Yates said he was unsure how long Chandler had on the toe and a hyperextension could exacerbate the potential injury.

“I was really disappointed too when I was traded,” Chandler said at the time. “I felt like if we were healthy we had a championship team in New Orleans. But I didn’t want to sulk so I started to get excited about the new challenge in Oklahoma City. I felt I could help turn that team around.”

Sam Presti at the time took the advice of medical professionals and rescinded the trade.

“During the course of the physical examination and outside consultations some questions arose that gave us cause for concern,” Presti said. “We felt that this course of action was the best for our organization.”

Chandler has gone on and played a relatively healthy career. He was a catalyst to the Dallas Mavericks beating Oklahoma City in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. He helped lead them to the NBA title over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

He had the reputation as a high end defender and an elite rebounder, something the Thunder lacked that first year. Oklahoma City would go on to add Kendrick Perkins later down the line. It’s clear the Thunder would have never made the move for Perkins had Chandler been in Oklahoma City.

This is one of the few moves Presti has been criticized for. Chandler has continued to rebound at an elite rate. His defense is still quality. However, what’s unknown is how the Thunder would have been changed. Perkins, marred by injuries during his time in Oklahoma City, never really recovered from his groin injury to return to his force in Boston. While he was admirable on the court and admired in the locker room, Perkins still wasn’t the force they eventually paid for.

Oklahoma City probably wouldn’t have drafted James Harden, either. Moving in Chandler, the Thunder may have won a couple of more games and fell back in the lottery, changing the entire landscape of a franchise that would make it to the NBA Finals in just four season in Oklahoma City.

What will Oklahoma City do on Thursday? Will it become another footnote in history or will it be another deadline deal as we’ve come to expect in Oklahoma City?

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