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@ThunderChick2010 I know I haven't been an active poster TC, but I'm definitely always here! =)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder put down the Grizzlies to move on, 120-109
Great series! Didn't think we'd win after horrible Game 5, but The Oklahoman headline finally lit a fire under KD's ass, Russ starting shooting less and passing more and the rest is history.
Scott Brooks saved his job by making some crucial adjustments. I didn't think he was capable of it, but I guess even he knew if he didn't try something, his job was in jeopardy.
Caron Butler starting is huge for our title chase. Our starting lineup has been flawed for years now. Perk + Thabo is
like playing 3 vs 5 on offense. Memphis wouldn't even guard them so they could load up on KD and Russ. Add someone who can make shots to the starting lineup and, shocker, everything opens up. Unlike Thabo, Butler is a threat the D must respect. He was great on D too, face-guarding Mike Miller most of the night and holding him to 3 points. He played 41 mins. I think Brooks has a new crush.
I can't believe we wasted all this time with Thabo as the starting SG in conjunction with Perk as the starting center. And then when Thabo went down, Andre Roberson was the starter. Makes no sense to not have a spot up shooter start alongside KD and Russ. For some reason, Brooks always insisted on starting the 1st and 3rd quarters playing 3 vs. 5 on offense.
Thabo can still have value though. I think he should come off the bench against the Clippers and have one job: defend Jamal Crawford.
Playing Steven Adams over Nick in Games 6 and 7 was another great move. Adams provides defense, toughness, shot-blocking and he irritates opponents. He needs to play more.
D-Fish needs to play less.
All in all, Brooks' willingness to make lineup adjustments in Games 6 and 7 is the single greatest thing that came out of this Memphis series for me, and if he continues to be flexible, it bodes well for the rest of our playoff run.
@Legendary_Dork @ThunderChick2010 I just saw the vid as well! Tremendous job TC!!! Thanks for including me even though I am 5,000 miles away. Daily Thunder is definitely my home away from home.
8 months ago on Happy five years, DT
Happy 5th birthday Daily Thunder! I've been visiting every day for nearly those 5 years and Royce, you've really done a wonderful job adding fresh new content every day on this site. There's no other place I go to get my Thunder news. It's also fun reading all the comments from this great Daily Thunder community.
Let's hope Russ comes back strong, because earlier this season, when we were fully healthy, I truly felt like we were going to win the title this year. I can't say I've ever definitively felt that in the past 5 years. With a healthy Russ, this could be our year. Thunder Up!
I'm trying to decide what's worse... losing out on Mike Miller to a Western Conference rival that badly needed a shooter, or knowing that we're going to trot out 49 year old Derek Fisher. What a bad day.
1 year, 1 month ago on Report: Mike Miller picks the Grizzlies over OKC
Steven Adams played a nice little game. Andre Roberson is quietly having himself a nice little week. Dwight Buycks is a nice little player. Steven, Andre and Dwight all agree that Royce Young is a nice little writer.
1 year, 2 months ago on Five Thoughts: Thunder 79, Pistons 75
PG: Russ, Reggie
SG: Thabo, Lamb, Liggins
SF: KD, Roberson, Jarrett
PF: Serge, Nick, PJIII
C: Perk, Hasheem, Adams, Orton
Actually, never mind. It could work. That's 15 right there unless I'm forgetting somebody.
1 year, 2 months ago on 3-on-3: Grading the Thunder’s draft
I wonder what happens to Daniel Orton now. Will the Thunder really carry 4 centers on the roster? I doubt it. Sucks because I really like Orton.
A shooter. Hallelujah. Maybe he can turn into a Ryan Anderson/Matt Bonner/Steve Novak type. That would be great.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder acquire Grant Jerrett from Portland for cash
@Grolgar We already lost an entire year of Lamb and PJIII.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder select Steven Adams with the No. 12 overall pick
@Watson @Daniel Hawaii @Old Man Game He's 6-7. It will be a lot harder for an undersized 4 to rebound with the big boys in the NBA.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder move up to 26 to select Andre Roberson
@thunderny @Old Man Game Those guys could board!
@Old Man Game Why does Presti think Roberson is better than Franklin? I would really like to know the answer to that. I would have preferred Franklin.
@El Prez Nothing Presti has done has made much sense lately.
I would love to see Aldrich and Adams' combine results side-by-side. I wonder how similar they really are.
@ThaboThabeetThunderrr @cwmmate 2 years ago Maynor went down. Last year, Maynor was traded. That's why we needed a 3rd PG.
@Durienne I will. I hope to God I am wrong but it just feels like another in a long line of Sonics/OKC project bigs that never pan out.
What's the last good move Presti made? Probably drafting Reggie. Can anyone think of anything else?
@greatwhitebuffalo Anything involving Perkins was probably laughed at hysterically.
@Lost Ones @Daniel Hawaii Dude can't shoot. He'll be Ronnie Brewer.
@thunder_from_down_under @Daniel Hawaii He'll help serve players water while wearing a suit on the bench.
This draft has gone about as badly as I could've possibly imagined. So disappointed. Not a single one of these players will help us for at least 3 years and by then, they'll be forgotten about, i.e. Tibor Pleiss.
@d21 There's the Euro-stash.
@Perk has a lot of value to our team DAMN IT
Presti sure loves athletic players that can't shoot.
@okcjim Roberson sounds like Ronnie Brewer. Athletic, but can't shoot.
@Come Home Professor X @Daniel Hawaii Oh okay. That's fine then. At least we still have 32. Hopefully we use it to get a shooter.
What did we give up to move to #26?
@Lost Ones @Daniel Hawaii No we don't!
WE NEED MORE SHOOTERS ON THIS TEAM DAMN IT!
So we traded up for Andre Roberson???
@SantaMenon Wouldn't surprise me at all.
@Watson I'd love to get 1 of those guys, plus a shooter at 29 and 32.
@kingprodigyx1113 What? We are at 29.
@Lost Ones We always pick a "play down the line" player and then, down the line, we always seem to be disappointed.
I miss David Kahn being Minny's GM.
Damn you Minnesota
@T-Fred Damn it. They are getting Shabazz and Dieng. Damn it!
@SantaMenon 29 or 32 will probably be a Euro-stash.
If we get a shooter at 29 like Ledo or Crabbe or Glen Rice, I will feel a lot better.
Why do the Sonics/Thunder always draft the tall, stiff white guy who needs "a few years" of seasoning. Don't they know guys like that never become anything more than a backup center. Someone name me a "project" center who has turned into a sold starter so that I can feel a little better.
@Jax Raging Bile Duct And watch him be better than Adams.
@Perk has a lot of value to our team @Daniel Hawaii Ah. That makes more sense.
2 straight PGs? They pulled a Kahn!
@elginthunder Shabazz gone to Minny.
@Turfright D-League All-Star maybe.
Damn it. Minnesota got Muhammad. They needed a scoring 2 guard and got one. Damn it.
1 year, 2 months ago on Draft Chat: Who should, and who will, the Thunder take?
I'm at least happy that Minnesota didn't get Caldwell-Pope. Nice job by Detroit to steal him at #8.