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@KC_Thunder @d21 @Di_charden He's trying a lot harder, which was his main problem. As a result he's been much more effective on that end. He's still a minus defender, but now at least he's closer to average than train wreck.
13 hours, 47 minutes ago on Westbrook Westbrook Westbrook, Thunder beat the Sixers 123-118
@MartzMimic Singler has shot poorly for us so far, but he's better than this small sample indicates. His ultimate role will be hitting open threes, defending adequately, and moving the ball. He's a role player being asked to start right now. When KD comes back, he'll make more sense as a designated spot-up shooter off the bench.
14 hours, 20 minutes ago on Westbrook Westbrook Westbrook, Thunder beat the Sixers 123-118
@KC_Thunder What is there to hate? He plays great defense, generally doesn't take bad shots, and doesn't get overplayed.
14 hours, 27 minutes ago on Westbrook Westbrook Westbrook, Thunder beat the Sixers 123-118
@_justin He probably won't get blamed for a loss since KD/Russ/Ibaka are the faces of the team. Unless he bricks a shot at the buzzer or something.
14 hours, 28 minutes ago on Westbrook Westbrook Westbrook, Thunder beat the Sixers 123-118
True or False, Thunder keep the 8th seed with Durant so long as Russ plays?
Would you be upset with holding Durant out the rest of the year if it guaranteed he'd stay healthy in the playoffs?
2 days, 6 hours ago on Westbrook (likely) back Wednesday, Durant maybe in a week
@The Meerkat If anyone hits a game-winning shot in game 7 of the finals, I'll be ecstatic. It literally does not matter who the person is that made the shot. I don't get how that has anything to do with Waiters being terrible MOST of the time.
I mean, let's be honest. If the team is losing the in the final seconds, there's likely some blame on Waiters for missing 60% of his shots to that point.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 3.3.15
@DVoegeli Happy. Then happier if Waiters was returned to the bench.
How would YOU feel if the Thunder were down 2 in game 7 with Waiters in the game sitting on 4 points from 15 shots?
@Lost Ones(#blackpride) Did we find the proper stone?
2 days, 13 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 3.2.15
@TempBoy Brandon The ideal rotation would be Robes and Morrow sharing SG duties (except when we go small with Russ at the 2) and Singler playing backup SF for 10-15 minutes per game. I also expect that Waiters will continue to play, despite the fact that those three are all better than him and fit the rest of the roster better.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 3.2.15
@b1walker @Keith00 @Mother Teresa I think the team will ultimately be fine because Durant and Westbrook together make any team incredible. I worry because the margins are so much thinner deep in the playoffs. KD and Russ will put the team in any game against any team, but the difference between a win or loss could be 20 minutes of Dion against an otherwise equal opponent.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 3.2.15
@b1walker @Keith00 I know what you mean, this was just me being nitpicky. I'm trying not to be that guy, it just irked me.
@Mother Teresa @b1walker The reason I actually have a problem with Dion is because history suggests he's going to continue hurting the team. That's a two part problem. Dion is really bad at basketball, which makes playing him a bad idea. Brooks is overly attached to continuity and veterans to the point that I just can't see Dion getting cut out of the rotation no matter how much he deserves it.
@b1walker Why do people say, "I could care less"? It means almost nothing. Sorry.
@sammasaaron @Keith00 @El Prez I'm all for irrational hope when the situation calls for it, but it's useful to understand that the hope is irrational.
@El Prez Playing devil's advocate, but hasn't the team already given Dion a prolonged chance? Why is anyone still waiting for him to completely change his playstyle when it's never once happened with the Thunder, or really his entire career.
@DVoegeli People do tend to rally together against a villain. In that way, maybe Waiters really is a glue guy. Everyone can bond over how much they hate him.
@_stache The schedule squeeze was a terrible idea.
@Navidson Considering they nearly won despite some very fixable issues, I don't know if this is really a wake up call. The fact is, this team KNOWS they need KD if they want a championship. And at this point championships are the measure by which they are judged. I honestly think this team could steal a series as currently constructed, but beating GS, LA, and MEM consecutively will take the full team.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Suns snap OKC’s seven-game streak, 117-113 (OT)
@MarkPetersen3 If the screw is protruding and rubbing on bone, then the replacement may not require any bone healing. It would simply fit better into an existing spot.
1 week, 1 day ago on Thunder keep the party going against the Pacers, 105-92
@seth_22 I wouldn't expect so. We may be a better team, but the East teams invariably have easier schedules. Cleveland is still ahead of us in the standings right now, and I imagine they will win about as many games as we do now that they've gelled.
@Spray Tan It feels strange to think the team can go big and actual get the benefits of that style. If teams go small against us, we can legitimately beat them up in the paint and control the boards now.
@jambajuice @Told you it Was Russ' Team Now *Tvaddic* @Mother Teresa Defense is too important in the playoffs. McGary is downright lost on defense, and we just can't survive that against the offensive juggernaughts in the West.
@Cray Allred @Keith00 @King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW Ah yes, that person that doesn't exist.
@Cray Allred @Keith00 Is reality a vibe? Are you saying I have the power to make players play well or poorly simply by stating facts?
@Navidson Yes, his defense is non-existent.
@propsizzle Outside of the very rough start in his first game, he's been almost exactly what the Pistons hoped for. I'm really rooting for them to make the playoffs.
@_justin @Keith00 @Pancakes and Blouses Exactly!
@Pancakes and Blouses Awesome! I would love him throughout the offseason for making that happen. I would still want him off the team the following year.
@Cray Allred @Keith00 @King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW Like the flying spaghetti monster?
@Cray Allred @Keith00 I get excited when the team is winning, regardless of who is on the floor. If that happens more often when Dion isn't playing, I would hardly call that bad vibes.
@Legendary_Dork @_justin @propsizzle I don't think this is true.
@Cray Allred @Keith00 @King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW I don't think there's any evidence that exists.
@Cray Allred @Keith00 I don't WANT him to fail, he does that on his own. My wanting him to succeed or fail has no actual bearing on his play. What I WANT is the team to be the best it can possibly be. To do that requires less bad play and more good play.
@Cray Allred @King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW In the words of the X-files, I want to believe. But just like I don't believe in a magic man in the sky, I don't see any reason to believe Dion will be good.
@Cray Allred @Keith00 I would rather the team win instead of lose as well. Long term, 20 minutes of Dion is more likely to CAUSE a loss than 8 minutes of Dion. A win is always better, but cause and effect are important too.
@L0rv You are a true fan.
@Cray Allred @Keith00 So you hope he plays well. I don't think that's any different from anyone else here. Being a truefan is inherently subjective, that's what being a fan is about. I want the team to improve more than I want any one player to do well. There is evidence the team is better if Dion doesn't play at all.
@Cray Allred What does that mean? I think all of us are hoping he plays well/better, but there's nothing in his career to suggest that will happen.
@Patrick0 The refs!
@Legendary_Dork @Keith00 Reggie has actually been quite good for the Pistons. He's younger, bigger, and more athletic than DJ. Reggie was never a great fit in OKC because he's a scoring PG who can't shoot. You can separate fit from ability. Reggie is the better individual player, DJ is the better fit for the Thunder.
@Legendary_Dork DJ's a really nice guy who fits well. He's definitely not a better basketball player than Reggie Jackson. Fit makes a big difference, but I don't see the need to denigrate Jackson for that.
@L0rv @Keith00 I like measurements that incorporate replacement level. I'm pretty sure just about anyone would be as good or better than Dion in Dion's minutes.
@Obama Adams @meanstreetsofokc My guess another week after the checkup. If they actually went in and removed that pin, it'll take a couple weeks just for the soft tissue to heal adequately.
@L0rv Players can have negative win shares, right?
@International Man of Mystery (Dion Shot First) It is my hope that he has one really good 4th quarter that seems to turn a game in our favor. But that he barely plays otherwise. On the off chance some GM hasn't seen Dion play ever in his entire career, maybe that's enough. That said, I would trade a late 2nd rounder to get rid of him right now if possible.
@Slim Reaper (#333333Faction) @King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW They don't give up picks though. They would take him on if we paid them a second rounder, but they would never give anything up (other than cap space) to acquire a player.
@International Man of Mystery (Dion Shot First) The best part of any potential Kanter deal is the following year. Even if someone offers the max, that's 25% of the 2015 salary cap. With the cap expected to jump almost 30 million dollars the following year, that means a max contract today only counts for 16% of the cap in the future. And if he is signing an offer sheet, the yearly raises are less as well.
That's not even counting that the luxury tax will likely be almost 40 million higher than it is today.
If we win the championship without Waiters destroying the team, do you think he's tradeable in the offseason? I mean, would somebody take him on for a second rounder?
@_justin @Mitch “Hassan Whiteguy” McGary,Perk-Punt He's not nearly the defender or passer that Nick is. Jerebko is an undersized (not really small, just gets pushed around) energy big who doesn't do anything really well, but has developed the ability to do a little bit of everything.
1 week, 2 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 2.24.15
@Lost Ones or pass, just threes
1 week, 4 days ago on Thunder vs Nuggets: Pregame Primer