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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.

20 hours, 51 minutes 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.

21 hours 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.

21 hours, 4 minutes 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.

21 hours, 7 minutes 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.

21 hours, 9 minutes ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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

21 hours, 18 minutes 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.

21 hours, 21 minutes 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.

21 hours, 22 minutes 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...

21 hours, 28 minutes 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.

21 hours, 58 minutes 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.


22 hours 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?

22 hours, 5 minutes 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.

3 days ago on 2014-15 Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence

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

6 days, 14 hours 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 week, 5 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Eyebrows

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@SeinfeldOKC give me the over

2 weeks, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.14.14

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

1 month 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 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.

1 month 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?

1 month 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.

1 month ago on Thursday Bolts – 9.25.14

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@Crow @_justin @Loud City Jimmy @KD4theWin I was wondering about that. You think they may offer him $$$ over less years or the other way around?

1 month, 1 week ago on Thunder announce D-League team renamed the ‘Blue’

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@KD4theWin it's interesting to look at them both side by side (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2208689-is-reggie-jackson-on-pace-to-become-the-next-eric-bledsoe). I have thought that we would need to be willing to pay $12m/year to keep Reggie, but Royce just tweeted that he thought he would take 4yrs $40, & I would be thrilled to get him for $10m/year.


1 month, 1 week ago on Thunder announce D-League team renamed the ‘Blue’

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1. OKC

2. SAS

3. LAC

4. GSW

5. DAL

6. MEM

7. POR

8. DEN

9. HOU

10. NOP

11. PHO

12. LAL

13.UTA

14. SAC

15. MIN

1 month, 1 week ago on Tuesday Bolts – 9.23.14

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JJ is my least favorite player in the league. I am a loyal Thunder fan & will learn to love anyone we sign, but signing JJ is almost over the line for me.

1 month, 1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 9.19.14

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@Jax Raging Bile Duct All summer league & every minute of USA until KD dropped out & not one minute of USA after that. I wanted to care, but I just couldn't.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14

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@nowthatsThunderBball haven't heard yet, but last year it was pretty close to the start of the season.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steven Adams throws a social media elbow at Andre Iguodala

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@greatwhitebuffalo I have a 65-inch Samsung LED & it is 100% badass. Its about 1.5 inches thick & hangs on a small cable on the wall like a picture frame. Here is a link to the tv from Costco http://www.costco.com/Samsung-65%22-Class-1080p-240HZ-3D-Smart-LED-HDTV-Bundle-UN65H7100AFXZA.product.100111947.html

2 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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I don't think it's unreasonable to argue whether Curry is better than LBJ on offense. People can disagree here, but it's not a completely ridiculous statement.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on ESPN Forecast has OKC atop the West

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@Butterfingers I like Dallas' chances to make the playoffs better than Phoenix & the Pelicans & on about the same level as the Blazers, Rockets, & Grizz. I think DAL, POR, HOU, & MEM will be the 5-8 seeds, but I wouldn't be surprised if PHX or NOP bounced any one of them.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: 2KD 15

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@duhsweetness I sit in Loud City...my name is Jimmy. I am very original.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.6.14

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@Lost Ones we give up Pretzels to get the Pretzel eater.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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Also...why are we sending cash to ATL in this deal?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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@rednuht @d21 Also known as the Mangino

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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@d21 I think they are making up these names.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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@KC_Thunder @Loud City Jimmy I really like our moves as well.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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@mattchant @Loud City Jimmy I think Love will get moved before the deadline (hopefully to the east), & I too was hoping for a Duncan retirement announcement that never came.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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Honestly, could we have scripted a better free agency period (our own moves excluded) than what has actually happened? Houston gets worse, Memphis gets worse, Gasol passes on Spurs & heads to the east, talent in the east spreads out over a couple of teams

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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@D@vid @Loud City Jimmy Woj just confirmed

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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@mattchant One of my two least favorite players in the league.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.15.14

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@ThunderWins @Zach99 @Perk-Punt Does he look stoned all the time like Lambo? I think a lot of the making fun of Lamb has more to do with that than his play.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on City Planning: The Thunder and their free agency flaws

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@_patrickshannon @Hustle Westbrook Morrow Faction When they played against each other a few years back in the opener pre-Rose's knee issues...the combined speed of those two guys was incredible.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on City Planning: The Thunder and their free agency flaws

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