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@Crow I could see us a game or two better than that also if we can split the tougher road games @MEM @NOP @PHX @POR, & not drop a dumb one to DEN, IND, or ORL at home.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.27.15

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@Crow February is the easiest month of our schedule. I have us at 33-27 & that is right about where we will need to be.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.27.15

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Because I know how prone some of us are to overreacting to bad stretches of play, I put a reminder in my calendar when the schedule came out last August to remind myself not to panic at the end of January if we lost some games we don't feel we should. Obviously this season has not gone according to plan thus far (no one could have anticipated the injuries), but Royce described this portion of the schedule as the toughest of the year & he's right.


TOUGHEST 10-DAY STRETCH
Jan. 21
– Jan 31: In some ways, I feel like it’s the first 10 days of the season. Starting with a road back-to-back against the Blazers and Clippers, with at the Nets, at the Raptors and home to the Grizzlies. There’s a real chance if the Thunder come out of the blocks slow, they could be 2-5 after the first 10 days. But I think the toughest stretch comes in January, starting with a trip to D.C. for Wizards fans to woo KD on Jan. 21. From the 21st to the 31st, the Thunder play six games, with four on the road against the Wizards, Hawks, Cavs, Knicks and Grizzlies. The two home games aren’t difficult (Magic and Wolves), but it’s six games in 10 days, four on the road and five against likely playoff teams. 

TOUGHEST MONTH
No question it’s January. It already has the aforementioned stretch of games, it has the longest road run, and games against the Warriors, Wizards (twice), Rockets, Heat, Cavs, Hawks, Knicks and Grizzlies. There are three back-to-backs that month, with one stretch of four games in six days. The Thunder play 14 games that month, with 10 on the road and just four at home.

 

(both of these are from his Breaking Down the Thunder Schedule post here http://dailythunder.com/2014/08/breaking-down-the-thunders-2014-15-schedule/)


Looking back so far on this month, the only game that we have lost that I thought we would win going into January is at Sacramento, which remains a terrible loss. Otherwise, we have navigated this stretch about as well as anyone could have anticipated, even pre-injuries. February & March are the two easiest months of our schedule. Things are going to get better, & I am very confident that we are still going to make the playoffs.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 1.26.15

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@Navidson 

TH: Carlos Boozer. Robin Lopez. Jason Richardson.

NC: Jas. [Laughs.]

TH: OK, I'm stopping now. This is getting kinda sad. How about this: What's your favorite block of your career?

NC: Wait, do you have every player I've ever blocked on there?

TH: Yes.

NC: Is Stephon Marbury on there?

TH: Wow, let's see. ... Yup! He's on there.

NC: How many times?

TH: Just once.

NC [beaming]: OK, I vaguely remember a game against New York when I played for Seattle, late in the game where I had switched, it was one of the last possessions, and I got a block. He tried to drive on me, and I got a block. I think that might be it. That's one I remember.

TH: That must've been, what, 2005?

NC: Yeah, somewhere in there. Either my first or second year.

TH: You played against Syracuse in the championship in 2003, right?

NC: Yeah, we lost to Syracuse, but we beat Marquette in the Final Four. We lost to Maryland the year before.

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TH: Well, you got Hakim Warrick and Melo, so there's your revenge.

NC: I'd take the ring. [Laughs.] I'd take the ring.

TH: Good point. So, with a little help, I think you guessed like four or five of the 18. That's impressive. Roy Hibbert did way better when I asked him.

NC: He remembers who he blocks? See, I don't get that many blocks. I think blocks is a bigger part of his game, so he gets excited about it. But for me, it's just random. I'm not really thinking about it. It's funny that I do remember that Marbury one. It was late in the game, he had me up top, he drove, and I got a piece of it. I remember that one.

TH: The only one you remember.

NC: I'm only getting flashes. But that one stands out. Excellent. Good talk.

Author's note: Collison was absolutely correct. In a nationally televised game on March 25, 2005 -- Collison's rookie season -- he blocked Marbury's layup with 30 seconds left in regulation that would have given the Knicks a one-point lead. In the clip of the play, you can hear the commentator say, "If you're Stephon Marbury, you gotta drive this ball. You've been able to drive all night, and you have a mismatch against Collison." The Sonics went on to win in overtime. Collison tallied three blocks.

4 days, 20 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 1.26.15

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@Navidson 

Mitch McGary: Promise, I'm not gonna cheat or nothing.

Andre Roberson: Those are all the people?

MM: This is a big list!

AR: Damn, Nick! A couple people you should get.

MM: I can't give you a hint.

TH: OK, I will. This guy played for Houston, Phoenix and now Indiana. Big man.

MM: European.

[+] EnlargeAP Photo/Andres KudackiYes, Luis Scola is Argentine. No, Andris Biedrins is not in the Hall of Fame.

NC: Oh, Luis Scola?

TH: Yes! No. 1 on the list, with six blocks. But Mitch, Scola is Argentinean, right?

MM: Ha, I don't know.

TH: Pretty sure he is, but he did play in Europe for a while. So, Nick, what's the secret to blocking Scola?

NC: Umm, staying down on the pump fakes. Really, just being there.

MM: Hint: Memphis.

NC: Zach?

TH: Yup! Z-Bo. You've gotten him four times.

MM: How many games did it take for that?

TH: Ha! Nick, you've got a couple of future Hall of Famers in this 18.

NC: Carmelo Anthony?

TH: Yup! Four times.

SA: [Points to a name on the list.] Who's that?

TH: Oh, he's not going to get that. Andris Biedrins.

SA: Is he the other Hall of Famer?

TH: No, no, no.

MM: That's the whole list.

TH: Not true! Nick, you've blocked way more.

McGary distracts me as Collison leans over.

NC: David West. Joel Przybilla.

TH: Wow. Yes, both of them!

NC: It helps that I just saw the list.

TH: What?

SA: OK, I got a hint. A really, really old point guard.

NC: Andre Miller.

SA: Good! The ancient point guard!

TH: He trying to post you up, or are you getting it from the weak side?

NC: Weak side.

TH: OK, walk me through your classic Nick Collison block.

NC: Umm. ... Coming over to help, probably somebody else makes him alter his shot and I'm there to block it. I'm not catching a lot high at the rim. They don't see me coming.

TH: How do you decide between going for a block or a charge?

NC: It just depends if I can get there or not. And I've got to get the guy clean in front of me in order to take the change. If not, I guess I try to block it.

TH: OK, so you have Melo as one Hall of Famer. Who's the other one?

NC: No idea.

TH: Started in Philly and then Denver.

NC: Oh, Iverson. Really?

TH: Four times! Another six-timer is a strong point guard from UCLA, played for the Clippers, Golden State. ... I know, this seems completely random.

Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsCollison got Melo one time, but he doesn't remember it.

NC: Baron Davis?

TH: Yup!

NC: Really?

TH: Wait, do you remember any of these?

NC: Nope. Not at all.

TH: That's the best part.

NC: Some of them could be a fingertip, you know?

TH: OK, I'll start naming them off. Tim Thomas. Mehmet Okur.

NC: Yeah. Okur.

TH: Is that a 3-point block or ...

NC: No, those are probably drives.


4 days, 20 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 1.26.15

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@Navidson 

If you Google "Nick Collison block," the first image that comes up is Photoshopped.

To be specific, it is a real photo of Collison hanging on the rim with one hand as he flails for the ball with the other, but a giant afro is added to Collison's head. As far as I can tell, he is not blocking a shot, but rather he is the one who got blocked. The third image depicts Collison at the free throw line, cradling the ball in his hands. That, too, was not a Collison block.

From this rigorous study, one could conclude that Collison blocks are the most poorly documented phenomena in NBA history. There might be a good reason for that. Despite an 11-year career as a 6-foot-9 defensive specialist, Collison has never averaged a block per game in a season. For perspective, Anthony Davis is about to pass Collison in career blocks.

This is what makes Collison such a fascinating story. As far back as 2011, Collison has been known as a "No-Stats All-Star" in the same ilk as Shane Battier for his lofty plus-minus that placed him among superstars. Collison does a ton of positive things -- sets screen, takes charges, boxes out -- that aren't picked up in the box score. And he takes great pride in that.

As the player who has been in the league the longest while compiling the fewest box-score stats possible, Collison became a perfect candidate to be my next Insider Quiz subject.

The question for Collison: Whom have you blocked the most in your career? (See chart at bottom for answer.)

I saw this going one of two ways: 1) Collison would instantly recall every single block like a slap hitter who remembers the pitcher that fed him every one of his home runs, or 2) Collison would remember none of them.

So what happened? I caught up with him at his locker after a recent Oklahoma City win. This is what transpired.

Tom Haberstroh: I've got a game for you.

Nick Collison: Oh, yeah?

TH: OK, here it is. You have 435 blocks in your NBA career. Believe it or not, there are 18 players that you've blocked more than three times. How many of those 18 can you name, and whom have you blocked the most?

NC: Oh, ahh ... man. [Laughs.]

TH: I'll help you out. There are three players that you've blocked six times.

NC: I'm guessing it's guys that are older because I've had more time against them. [Long pause. Laughs.] That's a tough question, man! I don't know, man. What you got?

TH: Oh, come on. I'm not letting you off that easy. This is a quiz!

NC: I'll go with ...

As Collison grimaces and starts massaging his temples, his locker neighbor, Thunder center Steven Adams, looks over.

Steven Adams: Need some help, Nick?

NC (to Adams): So he said there are 18 players in my career that I've blocked more than three times. I'm trying to name them.

SA: Isn't that overkill?

NC: [Laughs.] OK, I got one. I'll go with Steve Blake.

TH: Actually, it says here you've never blocked him once.

NC: [Laughs.] OK, Dwyane Wade?

TH: Twice, but not among your sacred 18.

At this point, Thunder rookies Mitch McGary and Andre Roberson shuffle over and huddle behind me to peek at the list.


4 days, 20 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 1.26.15

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@_justin @El Prez He shouldn't have seen the floor for one minute with Howard on the bench & yet we had him out there guarding Josh Smith, which went about as well as we all thought it would.

1 week, 6 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Well executed

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@Half International Man of Mystery Half Amazing @Loud City Jimmy @KetelOne I don't disagree with you. I just think Robes has value for us, & we should find a way to utilize it. That said, if he keeps getting torched on D, then I don't see how we justify playing him at all.

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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@(execution faction) *Liked for the name (execution faction)

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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@Half International Man of Mystery Half Amazing @Loud City Jimmy @KetelOne Something like that, yeah, & I do think it is worth it. He is a legitimately great defender/rebounder (the last two games notwithstanding...not sure anyone is stopping Klay or Harden right now)

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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@KetelOne That was a bit of my point below. Playing him with 2 bigs forces him to the perimeter too much.

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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@_justin @Banana Split @Loud City Jimmy I'm ok with Reggie as well, though he seems to play better with either KD or Russ, than he does with both. I could be imagining this though.

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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I think I am in favor of switching Morrow into the starting lineup. I like that Roberson is getting minutes & really don't want him to get that many less, but I wonder if Morrow getting more minutes with KD & Russ will free him up a bit. I also wonder if Roberson should get more minutes in small ball lineups that take advantage of his versatility as a defender/rebounder...maybe think of him more as a 3 than a 2, regardless of who he guards. I think if he is getting most of his minutes with 2 other outside scorers (Russ, Waiters, Reggie, Morrow) KD, & either Serge or Adams, we can still get the benefit of his strengths & maybe mitigate his horrible offense a little. Thoughts?

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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@The Thunder They played Durant on Curry only when we were going small with KD at the 4. In our small ball lineup they switch everything, so Curry ran KD off a pick a few times, which switched Serge on him. Curry can obviously get his 3 point shot off no matter who is guarding him, but both KD & Serge kept him from doing too much damage in the paint, because he knew they were trailing him after he went around them. They did get a couple of open 3 point looks off this though, mostly because Reggie & Morrow were helping off out of the corner to hedge on Curry's drives, which you just can't do against the Warriors. I thought it was a nice wrinkle to put KD on Curry. 

The bigger question for us against the Warriors though is how do we slow down Klay, Barnes, & Green. They got way too many open 3 point looks, & it took monster games from our 3 best guys to beat them. They remain a scary team for us.

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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So I decided to spend the hour prior to last night's game watching the Nets...you know, scouting our potential new center. I was completely underwhelmed. He got in early foul trouble & was otherwise a relative non-factor. Then I check the box after the game & he had a ridiculous line 26pts in 23min on 8-12 from the field & 10-12 from the line. He must have had a monster second half.


Side note--An interesting angle concerning the potential trade that I haven't seen much on is how big of an upgrade Lopez would be from the line compared to our other centers (though Perk has been pretty good from there of late).

1 week, 6 days ago on Thunder show off against the Warriors, 127-115

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@ssen @Loud City Jimmy @Kong Lambchop maybe not, but can he catch the ball when thrown to him? Can he then dunk the ball when 1 foot from the basket? If so, he is an upgrade over Perk.

2 weeks ago on Report: Thunder progressing on trade for Brook Lopez

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@Kong Lambchop Maybe if they can add a big man who can catch his passes on the pick n roll that will help drop his usage.

2 weeks ago on Report: Thunder progressing on trade for Brook Lopez

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@gokudabest You mean OKC has only had terrible centers, right? Nenad, Perk, etc.

2 weeks ago on Report: Thunder progressing on trade for Brook Lopez

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@PNT I don't want to wait 3 hours...geez. I have work to do today, & I can't get to any of it right now.

2 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 1.16.15

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@Ya Mudda Perk.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 2015 Edition

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@Lost Ones Didn't his comment about "trying to find someone able to stay in front of the ball handler" comment, come in response to a question about Ish?

1 month ago on Friday Bolts – 12.26.14

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Both POR & HOU are playing terrible defense. Portland is minus LMA, but what is Houston's excuse?

1 month, 1 week ago on Russell Westbrook says he needs to shoot fewer 3s

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@Lost Ones @Wizard of Westbrook MVP Faction You put those little >>> things backwards

1 month, 1 week ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Merry Thunder

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@N0tres @FinchReese @Loud City Jimmy I thought for sure they were going to come back & win that game last night, but Memphis finds a way. Memphis is the real enigma for me in the west...they are playing a bit above their talent level in my opinion, but who knows.

1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.18.14

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@greatwhitebuffalo @Loud City Jimmy Yep...about the only guy in the league that can put the brakes on KD is KD

1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.18.14

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@greatwhitebuffalo Who do they have to keep KD from reaping tonight?

1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.18.14

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@FinchReese @N0tres @Loud City Jimmy I had this same thought. Maybe he wants to keep pace with the Thunder to at least avoid us in the first round, but that is a pretty OKC-centric way of viewing things.

1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.18.14

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How are we to evaluate the Spurs right now? They keep resting key pieces in every meaningful game, so it's hard to get a real read on them (not that they care). I still think they are a great team in a conference of really good teams. I thought before the season, & still think, the Thunder & Spurs will face each other in a WCF rematch. It is kind of odd though to see them catch so many early season losses.

1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.18.14

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@Jacobqb29 @Loud City Jimmy Maybe we need a quarterly player ranking instead of a weekly one. Otherwise, how many different ways are there to say KD & Russ are better than Serge & Reggie who are better than everyone else except for a few random outlier games?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 12.17.14

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@Jacobqb29 I used to think the player rankings was by far the worst article of the week, but I'm not going to lie...I do kind of miss it a bit.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 12.17.14

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@ThunderChick2010 I'm feeling pretty stupid about my Nuggets pick to make the playoffs...whoops.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: KD has returned

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1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 12.10.14

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On the whole I think Perk has exceeded my expectations so far this year. That said, & I haven't looked this up to confirm...it seems like he is fouling a ton & is the victim of a ton of 3 second calls on both ends. If my suspicions are true, then he is one of the main reasons that opponents are getting so many free throws, especially since he is helping to put opponents in the bonus early in quarters, which has a compounding negative effect even after he has returned to the bench. Maybe I am just noticing his missteps, because I am conditioned to look for them, but I don't know.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thunder dunk the Pistons, 96-94

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@GlendaGonzales @Loud City Jimmy I get the kidding, but I am curious what actual role he's going to have. I think it really shows the depth of our team that a guy like PJ3 might not get any real minutes, when he would be getting quite a few on almost every other roster.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Side Part: Breathing through a straw

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@KC_Thunder @Loud City Jimmy So is he in the "either Lamb or PJ3, depending on who's got the hot hand/matchup" slot, or does he have his own place in the rotation? I just don't see us going 11 deep in the regular season on a consistent basis.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Side Part: Breathing through a straw

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@Pancakes and Blouses  @Loud City Jimmy I knew that was coming...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Side Part: Breathing through a straw

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Is it possible we are spending a bit too much time & energy discussing someone who will almost certainly be out of the rotation now that everyone is healthy, or do you guys really think PJ3 is going to be getting consistent minutes on a nightly basis?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Side Part: Breathing through a straw

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Just took a quick look at PHX's upcoming schedule...vIND, @DAL, @HOU, @LAC, vMIA, vDET, @OKC. During that same stretch we are @NOP, @PHI, @DET, vMIL, vCLE, @MIN, vPHX. Given our respective schedules, we could be playing for the 8 seed as early as Dec. 14th against the Suns. Obviously Sacramento, Denver, & the New Orleans are in between us now, but it is not outside the realm of possibility that we are sitting at 8 in a few weeks.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Kevin Durant to return Tuesday against the Pelicans

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@Tvaddic This is known as the Thibideau

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Kevin Durant to return Tuesday against the Pelicans

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@_justin @Legendary_Dork Or maybe the Thunder did Telfair a solid by giving him enough playing time that he had a chance to catch on with another team in the league after he is released.

2 months ago on Thunder snap their skid, topping the Jazz 97-82

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So here is my post from a few weeks ago (the day after Westbrook's injury) predicting our first 20 games...so far we are right on schedule:


Ok, so let's take a look at the first 20 games & see where we think we will be.


vDEN

@BKN

@TOR

vMEM

vSAC

@MIL

@BOS

vDET

vHOU

@UTA

@DEN

vBKN

vGSW

vUTA

vNYK

@NOP

@PHI

@DET


Assuming we have Reggie & Lamb & the current 8 survivors, I think we will start 1-5, picking up a lone win against either Denver tomorrow or at the Nets. I think we win 3 of the next 4 & maybe take all 4, which takes us to 4-6 through 10. Houston is a high probability loss, & we should be able to at least split the @UTA & @DEN trip. That gets us to 5-8 through 13. We should be able to go 2-2 in the next stretch with a for sure loss to the Warriors, and taking 2 of 3 from Nets, Jazz, & Knicks. That gets us to 7-10. All 3 of the final games are winnable, but let's call it 2-1, so 9-11 through the first 20 with a chance to tip it one game on the other side of .500 if things break right. Maybe I'm way off here, but I think we are are hovering just under .500 when everyone gets back.


Thoughts?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Should the Thunder consider Mark Cuban’s tanking idea?

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@GlendaGonzales We have weathered the worst of it. Even if healthy, I had us at probably 3-3 after the first 6. We are entering a stretch of winnable games. I expect us to play around .500 for the next week or two. I don't think there is a "yet" coming.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Should the Thunder consider Mark Cuban’s tanking idea?

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@okcjim @OBoy (LaFamilia) Pretty different supporting cast now...I wouldn't rule it out completely.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 11.10.14

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@okcjim I think that is completely reasonable expectation & I think all of us would be pretty thrilled with 3 out of 4 this week.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder scrap to second win, holding off the Kings, 101-93

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Am I crazy to think that Memphis is actually a matchup our makeshift team has a shot to win? We have our entire front court intact, & if we can just keep Conley & Vinsanity from going off on us, I think we have a shot. Memphis is better than Brooklyn & Toronto, but I am optimistic about this one.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dealing Reggie Jackson: What’s realistic and what’s not

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@okcjim @Perk has a lot of value Roberson on crutches leaving the arena last night looked like he would be missing some games.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dealing Reggie Jackson: What’s realistic and what’s not

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@Julius F Wrek I actually think Roberson's play has been one of the most encouraging things in the midst of our dismal start.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Nets reality check wounded Thunder, 116-85

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