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NBA gives Westbrook an assist and a triple-double

On Thursday morning, the NBA gave Russell Westbrook an assist, figuratively and literally, to give him his fourth triple-double of the season.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, the scorekeeper in the game at Milwaukee missed an obvious lob to Steven Adams and didn’t credit Westbrook with the assist. The NBA made it right on Thursday. Westbrook finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Here’s said video of the missed assist:

It’s Westbrook’s 81st career triple-double and 46th triple-double in his last 89 games. If you eliminate every triple-double for Westbrook before last season, he would still be ranked eighth all-time on these two seasons alone.

The NBA doesn’t only review plays when a milestone like a triple-double is on the table. They often review plays. There was a random play in the playoffs in 2012 where the NBA accredited Westbrook with an assist after dishing off to Thabo Sefolosha. The assist had no barring on whether or not a triple-double happened. The NBA does its best to fix its mistakes.

On the year, Westbrook is averaging 19.6 points, 11.7 assists and 9.9 rebounds per game in seven contests. Across the board, his numbers are at career highs, sans free throws. The reigning MVP might not average 30 points this season but his impact is being felt even more than last season with the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Dean Blevins of KWTV is on the prowl saying the Thunder told him they’re reviewing a rebound. That’s highly unlikely.

Westbrook will be going for his third straight triple-double against Boston on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The tip-off is at 8:30 p.m., not 7 p.m. It’ll be the late game on ESPN. So, drink some coffee and make sure you can keep awake for this one. It should be exciting.

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Russell Westbrook named NBPA MVP and more

It’s the middle of August and Russell Westbrook is still cleaning up awards. The NBA’s Player’s Association released their Player’s Voice Awards and most of it is done without voting released. Westbrook was named the MVP, best dressed and hardest to guard.

The Oklahoma City Thunder becomes only the eighth team in NBA history to have multiple MVP award winners. Westbrook’s rise to the MVP should be no surprise. There were flashes throughout his career of this greatness. His ability to attack the rim became his stallion instead of his Achilles.

In a league of superstars, Oklahoma City has been blessed with one that is truly city first. He speaks of loyalty and wears OKC proudly. His work in the community only tops his work on the hardwood. Oklahoma City is blessed to have a player like Westbrook in our community.

Westbrook beat out James HardenKawhi Leonard, and LeBron James for the MVP.

It’s really not a surprise Westbrook was voted best dressed. The international fashion icon rocks the runway almost as good as he does the NBA hardwood. From his stylish shoes to his fantastic choice of man blouses, Westbrook’s fashion sense knows now bounds.

In the video they say that swag and confidence are key components of winning this coveted award and Russell Westbrook surely has all of that and more.

Westbrook’s win on hardest to guard comes down to his explosion ability through the lane. Like a gun going off, with only milli-seconds to get out of the way, Westbrook’s dominating ability gives defenders fits. It makes the Thunder lethal on offense and with the addition of Paul George, he may be even harder to guard.

 

There were other awards voted as well as Nick Collison won best Thunder teammate.

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VIDEO: Nothing can hold OKC down

The criticism and the speculation, all combined with the acquisition of Paul George leads to an awesome video.

Our video man, Brady Trantham makes a cool commercial about the acquisition of George as he will transform the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This season will be rated PG-13.

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Taylor Swift lies in congratulating Westbrook in his MVP

Russell Westbrook won the 2016-17 NBA MVP on Monday night. Then, out of no where, the Thunder posted a video of Taylor Swift, of all people, congratulating the Brodie for winning the elusive award.

You may remember back in the day, Russ was on vine and Instagram, singing some Taylor Swift.

T SWIFT …WAS ROCKINNNN LAST NIGHT!! …. @taylorswift

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BAD BLOOD!!!! @taylorswift .. Banger!!!!!

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So,they got Taylor to say some words on how she taught Russ how to play basketball. It’s cringe worthy at best.

All of this is fake news and it’s really a stretch by the organization to do this. I am curious on how much this cost for Taylor to do this.

“I was the one who taught you how to play basketball,” said in the video. A lie. We all know Westbrook learned from the Gods on how to ball so hard.

Swift also gives credit to Russell in return for inspiring her song “Shake It Off.” This is a surprising revelation as they’re both embattled in a lawsuit over the fact Westbrook was not given proper credit on the album. She obviously is conceding at this point.

“So essentially we have each other to thank for these careers,” Swift said.

Okay, I may be fabricating some, too. At least mine is no where near as bad as this video.

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Draft Prospectus: Jawun Evans

With only a few days to go until the NBA Draft, we’re going to break down a few mock draft selections for the Thunder. We’ve already done six, Semi Ojeleye, Luke Kinnard, Terrance Ferguson, Harry Giles, Justin Jackson, OG AnunobyDerrick White, and TJ Leaf.We’re going to break down a couple more. Stay with us as the NBA season ends and the NBA offseason ramps up.

Who: Jawun Evans
Position: Point Guard
Class: Sophomore
Age: 20
Where: Oklahoma State
Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 177 lbs.

Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans is one of the more intriguing names in the coming draft. He’s a scoring point guard who left school early, though many didn’t know where he would end up.

Evans led OSU to an 19-13 season with a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament to Michigan. Evans averaged 19 points in 29 minutes, along with dishing out 6.5 assists a night. Evans can control the game offensively with his scoring ability and quick decision making with the ball.

That is where the Oklahoma City Thunder come in.

Strengths

Evans can get into the lane with ease. He is strong in the pick-and-roll game and can control the offense with ease.

He gets into space with a creative change of pace and impressive quickness toward the basket to torch the defense, and Evans should quickly make the transition to a NBA-style offense as he led the most efficient offense in the country last season.

Evans can score with the best of them. Whether its at the rim or from three, Evans’ scoring ability is one of the best available in this draft. He’s also successful at getting to the line, averaging 7.9 attempts per 40 minutes last season.

Weaknesses

Evans is a tough-minded defender but may have problem defending bigger and quicker point guards in the league. He’s slow on his feet and his lateral movement isn’t great, but it can be developed. Opponents can shoot over Evans quite easily. He has a 6-foot-5 1/2 wingspan and a work ethic that’s on par with Russell Westbrook, but Evans’ ability as a defender will be tested early in the NBA.

Sometimes, Evans can get ball happy and force shots in the paint. As good as Evans is in the lane, sometimes he gets tunnel vision and will force shots and miss passing to the open man, but it doesn’t happen often, as former OSU coach Brad Underwood helped Evans continue to develop his craft.

Overall

Evans is NBA ready. He has the potential to be a sixth man of the year candidate every year in the league. If he develops, he has the potential to start somewhere in the league.

The Thunder would draft Evans for his ability as a backup to Westbrook. Evans could be the solution to the Thunder’s backup point guard problem.

Evans worked out for the Thunder a couple weeks ago, and Thursday night he may hear his name called to play about an hour from his college home.

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Russell Westbrook says Oklahoma City is ‘home’

Welcome to the land of luggage, where the grand daddy of them all, Tumi, has jumped into the Oklahoma City Thunder boat by giving Russell Westbrook a commercial to advertise their new line of luggage. However, it’s not the luggage that has Thunder social media going bananas, it’s the message in the video.

Russell Westbrook preached about “loyalty” in August, when he signed an extension. It appears Westbrook is taking it a step further in his commercial.

“Home. Home is where my journey takes me,” Westbrook says in the commercial. “I’ve been feeling love since I got here. The people of Oklahoma City have done nothing but welcome me with open arms. Home pushes me to drive harder.”

While Durant said a lot of things during his time in Oklahoma City, it would be insulting to Westbrook to assume he would spur Oklahoma City as Durant did.

“I’ve been feeling love since I got here.,” Westbrook said in the ad. “The people in Oklahoma City have done nothing but welcome me with open arms.”

To not sign an extension in July would really be the opposite of everything Westbrook has said all season and even reiterated in his exit interview.

“Obviously, Oklahoma City is a place I want to be,” Westbrook said.

The commercial ends with everyone saying “in Russ we trust.” We all agree. Sam Presti agrees. We just hope Westbrook sees it.

If anything tugs on the heart strings in the video, it has to be the very end. Westbrook is atop McNellie’s in Midtown. He leaves his luggage there and walks off. It’s as if Westbrook was leaving his luggage at home.

Here’s the whole video:

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Kendrick Perkins predicts Durant’s return to OKC

Kendrick Perkins predicts Durant’s return to OKC

The KD-Russ story line never dies.

Former Thunder legend Kendrick Perkins was on TNT’s Area 21 as part of TNT’s Game 4 coverage of the Warriors and Jazz. they had a Boston Celtics reunion show. Tons of former Celtics were on the show.

Perkins caught everyone’s attention as the decided to talk about the relationship of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

“I was trying to figure out a way to make them talk again. I felt like the outside world was putting a beef there that really wasn’t too serious, you know what I mean?”

Leave it to Perkins to being the mediator that he was always in Oklahoma City.

“I think the night that Russ actually broke the record, I had text KD the next day. He was talking about something, and he sent me a text and was like ‘Hey, man. Me and Russ had a nice conversation.’”

Perkins then went on a bit of a ledge and said this:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if KD went back to Oklahoma cause, in my opinion, Russ isn’t going nowhere.”

While many Thunder fans are really scorned by the loss of Durant, as were the Cavs fans when LeBron James left, they would equally welcome back Durant if he were to return in more humble terms. People grow and change.

However, Durant has stated that he’s probably never going through free agency again (even though he’s eligible to be a free agent this off-season). If our on court blow ups are any examples, I don’t know exactly how much Russ and Durant talk. Probably not much.

Show out to Defpen.com for the video.

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Kanter praises organization and fans ahead of big offseason

Enes Kanter’s exit-interview was littered with ups and downs before the Thunder’s upcoming tumultuous offseason.

Kanter’s interview, which can be viewed online, allowed Kanter to bring the media and fans along throughout his recount of his rollercoaster season.

One of those lowest points of his season could have happened after Kanter punched a chair out of frustration, breaking his arm. 

Kanter recounted his emotions after first seeing his broken arm on x-ray film, saying the event left him feeling mentally numb.

“I felt like I left them alone,” Kanter said of his teammates. “But I think that I came back in pretty good shape.”

Kanter’s early-season production placed him in early contention for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, but he was ultimately removed from the discussion after the injury.

Kanter’s somber tone would only show during the time talking about his injury, however, as he spent the majority of his time at the podium with an upbeat attitude.

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable discussions for Kanter on Wednesday was when he showed the media a blooper-reel of his promotional video campaigning for Russell Westbrook’s MVP case.

Kanter said the video took a lot of takes, but was also a lot of fun.

Kanter’s attitude and body language were paramount interests to some as the Thunder look to their first full opportunity to build a team around Russell Wesbtrook. The Thunder’s front office has a lot of decisions in the coming months about the state of the team, but none more so glaring than what to do with Enes Kanter.

Kanter, while a fan-favorite and the true definition of a team-first player, is a defensive liability on a poorly-structured contract. Kanter’s offensive ability is deserving of the current contract, but his defensive inability makes his contract hard to defend.

Although some of Kanter’s perceived defensive struggles could be attributed to a national media narrative gone serial, his inability to sufficiently defend the basket was on full display during the Thunder’s five-game series with the Rockets.

Kanter highlighted a difficulty in understanding the defensive scheme in that series because of a change in pick-and-roll coverage. The Thunder changed to a drop coverage, something he’d never done before, Kanter said

Kanter wasn’t bothered with his severe reduction in minutes, however, stating, “Sometimes you’re going to play 10 minutes, sometimes you play 30 or 40 minutes, but one thing you can always do is try and cheer for your teammates, try and give them positive energy.”

Regardless of the decisions the organization will make in the upcoming offseason, Kanter made one thing clear: He loves the state of Oklahoma.

Kanter, who Turkish family disowned him for his politic beliefs, said the whole state feels like home to him. “I love this organization, and I can’t say enough about the fans,” Kanter said. “But I can’t control it; Its not in my hands.”

Kanter’s upbeat attitude and demeanor during the exit-interview made it his statements of adoration for the fans and organization seem true, and that makes it even harder to swallow the thought of moving him to somewhere else.

But, as we all learned last summer, basketball is a business.

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Beverley fined $25,000 for Friday’s incident

The NBA announced on Sunday Patrick Beverley will be fined $25,000 for his confrontation with a fan after Friday’s Oklahoma City Game 3 win.

On Friday night, Beverley barreled into the stands, sliding near the legs of an awaiting fan. That fan leaned over, said some words and Beverley, jumped up and starting pointing at the fan. Nothing came of it until after the game.

After the game, Beverley and said fan, Stuart Scaramucci exchanged words. Scaramucci is the son of minority Thunder owner Jay Scaramucci. It’s unknown what was said but it was enough the two had to be separated.

On Saturday morning, the NBA announced they were investigating the incident and Beverley offered no comment while the NBA is looking into the situation.

It didn’t appear there was any physical altercation but fans have been thrown out of the arena for less. ESPN has a video of the second quarter interaction and the post game from a different angle.

We have this angle submitted by a Thunder team source.

 https://twitter.com/Thunder_Digest/status/855842388052410368

It’s unknown what really transpired as the NBA press release just says this:

Beverley said he would speak after the incident was fully investigated. So, expect comments on the situation to come out today. Oklahoma City and Houston play in Game 4 today at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.

This is the second time this series someone has been levied a fine. Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 for using inappropriate language at the end of Game 2.

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NBA investigating Thunder fan and Patrick Beverley

So Patrick Beverley and the Thunder crowd are once again butting heads, but for real this time. The NBA is currently investigating an interaction between a fan and Beverley that took place after Oklahoma City’s Game 3.

The one thing that should be mentioned off the bat is Houston approached the NBA to investigate the incident, the NBA did not independently decide to investigate it.

HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW

On Friday night, Beverley barreled into the stands, sliding near the legs of an awaiting fan. That fan leaned over, said some words and Beverley, jumped up and starting pointing at the fan. Nothing came of it until after the game.

After the game, Beverley and said fan, Stuart Scaramucci exchanged words. Scaramucci is the son of minority Thunder owner Jay Scaramucci. It’s unknown what was said but it was enough the two had to be separated.

On Saturday morning, the NBA announced they were investigating the incident and Beverley offered no comment while the NBA is looking into the situation.

It didn’t appear there was any physical altercation but fans have been thrown out of the arena for less. ESPN has a video of the second quarter interaction and the post game from a different angle.

We have this angle submitted by a Thunder team source.

https://twitter.com/Thunder_Digest/status/855842388052410368

WHAT IS BEING SAID

Original in arena reports from fans and a Thunder employee state something similar. They all essentially say Beverley addressed the fan after the game. He knocked one of those banner fans they handed out, from the hands of Scaramucci. There is a report the wife was involved, but conflicting stories have you questioning that.

There are conflicting reports of “racial” slurs being thrown around. I cannot vouch for this but often this is a scapegoat whenever athletes are involved. It very well could be true but as this is only being said on the Rocket fan side of things, I’ll take this with a grain of salt for now.

Scaramucci hasn’t said anything yet on social media or by email when reached for comments.

Beverley said the Rockets and the NBA are addressing it and he will once the investigation is over.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW

Whenever an incident occurs, the league reviews footage from the arena and television broadcasts to determine if the player went into the stands before determining if any discipline is appropriate, sources said. Beverley also will be interviewed. Officials with Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Oklahoma City Thunder have said they will cooperate with anything the league needs.

With the Rockets reaching out to the NBA to investigate the situation, it’s probably minimal if anything happens to Beverley. The postgame video looks bad for both parties. Beverley should not be addressing fans in that manner in postgame. Get to the locker room, do your job. Fans have to remember your ticket doesn’t guarantee you immunity and because security is there, you still have to remember you’re talking to grown men here.

LIKELY OUTCOMES

Nothing. the NBA is going to investigate and I assume that nothing will happen. This seems really blown up as I’ve already written 500 words on this right here.

Beverley fined or suspended. If anything, the NBA could see Beverley getting into this altercation with the fan as a way to set an example then to suspend or fine the Rockets point guard.

Scaramucci banned from the rest of the series. This is is probably the least of the scenarios. Unless they can without a doubt prove Scaramucci said something vile or dangerous, there’s not a lot you can do here.

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