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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.

1 day, 14 hours 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 2 days 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.

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

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@L0rv @Loud City Jimmy @THE PERRY JONES EXPERIENCE Shh...we don't need to hear things like this. :)

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@L0rv @THE PERRY JONES EXPERIENCE Funny thing...we are currently tied with Portland (they obviously own the tie breaker). This has already made my day.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@L0rv @Durants Shimmy I am decided then...I will just cheer against Portland every night.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@L0rv @Durants Shimmy That actually might be a thing...

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@L0rv @Loud City Jimmy @El Prez I don't think we are going 5-15...I also think we are better than 42-20 when healthy...& 47 probably gets us in this year.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@durantulous @Loud City Jimmy I watch games every night, but I always have to pick a team to cheer for. I don't really know why...it's just habit I guess.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@L0rv @Loud City Jimmy @El Prez I still think we are a long way from missing the playoffs entirely. It is going to take a huge setback to Russ or KD & some other bad luck (which is obviously possible) for us to miss the playoffs. We are really helped by the fact that there are far less absolute disasters of teams in the east...cheap wins are going to be a bit tougher to come by this season than last, & I think that helps us as the season progresses.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third Man that would suck for them...

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@L0rv @Loud City Jimmy @El Prez I think so too...it may be our ceiling. If I had to bet on it, I would guess we are the 6 or 7.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@El Prez @Loud City Jimmy I am down on the Rockets. I think they may be fighting the Pelicans in April for the 8 seed. Also, I still think Memphis will finish on the bottom half of the west. I think a realistic target for us is the 4 seed behind Spurs, Warriors, & Clippers, but it is so early to tell I suppose.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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So this has been a bit interesting for me so far this season, & I am curious the collective thoughts of DT. Usually I am cheering against the top teams in the west, because they are our competition for seeding, but with all of our injuries & our projected starting record, shouldn't we be cheering for the top seeds to be great & pound the potential lower seeds, to make a bit more room for us in the middle of the playoff seeding, or should I just continue to cheer against the Spurs, Clippers, & Warriors?

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@Patrick OKC Brian Davis said on the Sports Animal this morning that he expects something on this later today.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@okcjim I'm taking the over also.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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Alright, here are some positives to consider:


1. There have been precisely zero complaints on DT about Perkins in the last 48 hours.

2. Roberson's airballed freethrow notwithstanding, he looks like an otherwise viable NBA player.

3. We have stayed in the game with two of the better teams in the league in both of their home openers including a back to back with a ridiculously depleted roster. 

4. Lance Thomas...I didn't even know who that guy was until two days ago, & he played well enough that I decided to learn his name.

5. There are more things, but I have already spent too much time this morning on DT..cheer up everybody. We will survive this.

4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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I kind of feel sorry for whichever team draws the Thunder on the first game that we are back at full strength.

4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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Crazy thing is too that I think Robes' development (other than his shooting) is one of the bright spots thus far.

4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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Hey guys, can we take a quick break from the panic & self-loathing to take a moment to remember that our starting SG airballed a freethrow last night.

4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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@d21 Some of this is just sticker-shock from what the price tags will be for contracts under the new TV deal. It may end up that guys who get extended right now turn out to be super bargains when the cap spikes.

4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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@_justin @Loud City Jimmy They sure did...

4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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As bad as our offense is going to be, we have somehow retained most of what makes us an elite defensive team, & that is going to win us a couple of games. The Pacers & Bulls overachieved in some ways over the last two years given how terrible their offenses were, because they were elite on D. We can do the same to stay afloat.

4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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@GREENE1148 I don't think that is too far off, but we have somehow retained most of what makes us an elite defensive team, & that is going to win us a couple of games. The Pacers & Bulls overachieved in some ways over the last two years given how terrible their offenses were, because they were elite on D. We can do the same to stay afloat.

4 weeks ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@KapUSMC @harmlesslyfatal wouldn't that be a crazy turn of events...

4 weeks ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@Bry Bry Push, but I don't think the over is unrealistic.

4 weeks ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@bmuelle23 I agree, but the tanking talk is silly. We are not going 5-15 in the first 20.


4 weeks ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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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?

4 weeks ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@GlendaGonzales I get your point, but the Spurs weren't missing any of the their three most important players. Kawhi will be their best player soon, but right now he is probably their 4th most important player to their success, behind Parker, Duncan, & Ginobili. It would be like us missing Reggie (4th best player), Nick (helpful bench guy) & Adams (average starting center) than the folks we are currently missing. Or taken the other way, for the Spurs to have equivalent injuries to us, they would have to be missing Duncan (Durant), Danny Green (Reggie), Diaw (Morrow), Mills (Lamb) plus two more of their random bench guys (Jarrett & McGary), & they would have to be playing on the road in the opponent's home opener.


If we win either of these games over the next two days, I think it will be a huge accomplishment, & I am expecting an 0-2 start.

1 month ago on 2014-15 Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence

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@AronZoltanLaszik @GlendaGonzales I see what you did there...

1 month ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Offseason

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1. Spurs

2. Thunder

3. Clippers

4. Warriors

5. Mavs

6. Grizzlies

7. Blazers

8. Nuggets

9. Rockets

10. Pelicans

11. Suns

12. Kings

13. Lakers

14. Jazz

15. Wolves

1 month, 1 week ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Eyebrows

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@SeinfeldOKC give me the over

1 month, 1 week ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.15.14

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@OKC035 I know, but I think the Jazz & Wolves are headed for 14 & 15.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.14.14

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@OKC035 Lakers 15th...that's pretty bold. I think they finish more like 12th or 13th.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.14.14

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@Lambaaaaaa @Loud City Jimmy in reality, isn't Reggie the replacement for both of them anyway. Last year he stepped into the starting lineup to replace Russ outright, but he will be the one shouldering the extra scoring load sans KD as well. Odd as this may sound, I think playing Adams extended minutes (provided he can keep from fouling out) alongside Serge instead of the usual KD small ball sets may play a significant part in weathering KD's absence.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.14.14

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In all the talk about where we will finish when missing KD for a month or two, let's not forget that we almost won 60 games last year when Russ missed 38 games. No one disputes that missing one of our stars could cost us 3 to 5 more games over the course of the season, but us losing 3 to 5 more games is what dropped us to 59 wins last year...it's not like our ceiling was 59 & it drops us into low 50's. With a healthy roster I was expecting 62-63 wins & with KD missing two months, I think it drops to more like 58 or 59. Just my opinion, but I guess we will have to wait & see.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.14.14

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@Tvaddic That's crazy...how is that even possible?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Reggie Jackson and the starting issue

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What do you guys make of Serge not knowing who McGary is at media day? Is he just jerking everyone's chain or does he for real not know who we drafted?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Reggie Jackson and the starting issue

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I guess it doesn't preclude PJ3, but I would guess it means no Reggie or Morrow or Lamb.

2 months ago on Presti says Reggie Jackson is a ‘core member’ and hasn’t considered trading him

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Presti's "defensive disposition" comments should be interpreted as code for "we're starting Roberson," no?

2 months ago on Presti says Reggie Jackson is a ‘core member’ and hasn’t considered trading him

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The North Korea stuff is pretty funny.

2 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 9.25.14

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