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

8 hours, 55 minutes 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.

3 days, 13 hours 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

3 days, 13 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.18.14

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

3 days, 13 hours 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.

3 days, 13 hours 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.

3 days, 13 hours 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?

4 days, 11 hours 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.

4 days, 11 hours 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 week ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: KD has returned

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1 week, 4 days 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 week, 6 days 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.

2 weeks, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 2 days 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?

2 weeks, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Kevin Durant to return Tuesday against the Pelicans

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@Tvaddic This is known as the Thibideau

2 weeks, 5 days 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.

3 weeks, 3 days 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?

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 2 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.

1 month, 2 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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. :)

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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...

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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?

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@okcjim I'm taking the over also.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 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...

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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