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Not being able to see the rest of the Finals, I'm really frustrated that this game will be what I'm going to remember before I go off the grid for a month. A long month of waiting to find out if the Thunder won or lost..
2 years, 7 months ago on Thunder crumble in the second half, 91-85
@neo12 @EatSleepThunder Not if ESPN has anything to say about it.
2 years, 7 months ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 3 Pregame Primer
@ElMexiThunder @Lost Maybe. But does it apply in Hill's case? That's something we don't know for sure, and it's presumptuous to assume that charged = convicted, as most people are, just because Hill is unlikeable.
2 years, 8 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.9.12
@Old Man Game That's the common narrative, but I don't think that's fair. They were as much 1a and 1b as KD and RW are right now. It annoys me to no end when people downplay Russell by calling him a Robin, implying that he's nowhere near as important to OKC as KD. I feel the same way about the Bryant narrative in the first championship runs; he was just about as crucial to those championships as Shaq (carrying the team on his back when Shaq was fouled out, making killer shots), and it's ridiculous to make it sounded like he 'only' won because of Shaq.
2 years, 9 months ago on KD and a friendly rim sink the Mavs in Game 1, 99-98
2 years, 9 months ago on Practice Notes: Harden held out of shootaround
@diddoff What song is that?
2 years, 10 months ago on Bulls vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@JamesChurch The media voting on it is a major issue for sure, but I do think the ambiguity does play a pretty big role. Going on any sports forums, you'll see a ton of people arguing over the MVP each year, each of them having different criteria because of their interpretation of 'valuable'.
2 years, 10 months ago on Derrick Rose says KD’s the MVP right now
@JamesChurch This has been a problem with the MVP award for years now. Part of it is the term 'valuable', which lends itself to all manner of interpretations. If it were called the 'Best Player Award', then it would remove some ambiguity from the term, although you would naturally still have debates about who was the best.
For what it's worth, I think it wouldn't be ridiculous if KD won this year. Yes Lebron's stats are sick, but so are KD's, and KD's late game performances might well be enough justification for him to edge James. It all depends on what you prefer to place emphasis on.
@Jooseppi Fair enough.
@Jooseppi Then I guess we'll have to disagree. From where Cook was, it's a wide open shot for any decent shooter. And for a superstar, that's where you make your money. Passing the ball isn't a bad decision, that's not something anyone's arguing, but for a superstar to pass up an open shot in that situation says something about his mentality as a closer.
@qrex @FF_pickups That's a terrible example. That was a play DESIGNED for Steve Kerr. Lebron passed the ball to House DESPITE being wide open.
I'm not sure why the difference is so hard to see.
@Jooseppi That's hardly a close-out. Cook was NOWHERE close to him when he received the ball. In fact, Cook was just about as close to House as he was to James when either of them received the ball.
If KD passed up that kind of look in crunch time, I would be sorely disappointed.
@FF_pickups It's funny, because Royce talks all the time about how Westbrook makes huge plays when it's crucial, like a crucial offensive rebound when the team needs it. Yet, from a statistical sense, that rebound at the end of the game which shifts momentum, is completely equal to a rebound at the beginning of the game that just happened to fall into someone's hands.
I love stats and the advent of advanced metrics, but I find that the people on this particularly board worship it too much.
@Jooseppi Deliberately misinterpreting the point of my post. Well done.
@Old Man Game @OkcBaby My thoughts exactly.
He was just as open. The whole 'it was a smart play' thing is really a copout. If it was Kobe, Jordan, Durant, or even Wade in that situation, you better damn well believe that they're taking that wide open shot, especially in crunch time. You're a superstar, you're paid to take and make big shots. Lebron is a wonderful facilitator, but plays like that show exactly why people criticize his lack of a killer instinct.
And that's the biggest, hard-to-quantify difference between Lebron and KD. Lebron is a stat counter's wet dream, but KD's not that far behind either, and KD's killer clutch shooting is something that you can't simply ignore when it comes to the discussion of who the better player is.
@David_MN He's not moving the ball on offense when he could. He's making his shots, but that doesn't mean that they're necessarily good ones.
2 years, 10 months ago on Thunder at Blazers: Pregame Primer
Russ is going hero mode again. Ugh.
@Bezugha And yet Luke being the one who fired the ultimate shot. Perfect.
2 years, 10 months ago on Clutch squared: Westbrook and Durant are figuring it out
Russ 3/11. Come on Russ!
2 years, 10 months ago on Heat vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@dollarbillrussell @JBDW @ILikePancakes I have the same worry. I can't really recall a championship team of recent years that used as simplistic an offense as a Thunder, with little to no ball movement.
2 years, 11 months ago on Monday Bolts - 3.5.12
@ILikePancakes I don't think it's far to say that the players don't trust one another. I'm sure they do; I mean, why the hell else would they be passing to Perk in the post when it's obvious he can't do anything there? The problem is in the second part of what you said: the simplistic iso offense that Brooks uses.
@ThunderChick2010 that is awesome.
For how well we've defended in the 4th as Chris Bernucca suggests, it just reminds me how much Ron Adams had such a profound impact on the team. One thing I've wondered is whether or not Presti has made an effort to bring in noted assistant coaches, be they offensive or defensive-minded. I like Mo Cheeks, but I really don't know how much of a difference he's making with regards to on-court play.
@sammasaaron It doesn't help that you guys keep talking about him, giving him exactly what he wants.
/aware that I'm doing the same, but for the last time.
2 years, 11 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 2.28.12
@Old Man Game That's exactly how I feel about it.
2 years, 11 months ago on KD finishes second in 3-point contest, Westbrook fifth in Skills
This dunk was the best of the weekend by far: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFq_5291U4A&feature=player_embedded
@LPCes99@RRRWHOAAAA The whole 'Kobe is a rapist thing' is old and tired. He was found innocent, the alleged 'victim' was obviously full of crap (who the hell raps about her rape years later?). Can we please move past this?
And there's nothing wrong with a superstar thinking he's a great player; arrogance is sometimes integral to why the player reaches a level he does. We're blessed to have KD, but face the facts, to be elite most athletes have to damn well have a high opinion of their own abilities, both publicly and privately.
2 years, 12 months ago on Kevin Durant ices the Grizzlies as the Thunder win 101-94
11 team assists is saying a lot.
3 years ago on Thunder at Wizards: Pregame Primer
Only watching the box score, but from the comments it seems like we're playing as horribly as the box score suggests.
At work. Anyone know if watching streams is illegal? Would be nice to just keep it up and switch to it every so often.
@jallenmorris The part that talks about training was about skill, which isn't quite the same thing. I was never quite that impressed with Mullens' effort on the court (granted, he didn't really show up much), but I can imagine that he might have been the hardest trainer in practice.
3 years ago on Did Presti blow it with Byron Mullens?
I don't think the issue ever was really a matter of skill as it was a matter of attitude. BJ never struck me as the most dedicated player especially when he wasn't getting his minutes, and from what I can tell of the coaching staff they seem to value and reward hard effort in practice.
Kobe lighting it up recently, damn.
3 years ago on Westbrook finds redemption in Memphis as OKC wins 100-95
I wonder if KD is just tired or something, he really hasn't been shooting the ball well at all recently.
3 years ago on Thunder at Grizzlies: Pregame Primer
it really annoys me that Russ' decision making is still so rookie-ish.
3 years ago on Spurs vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@courtsense@[censored] I mean as far as being a great rebounder. It just seems like he could be a much better rebounder than he currently is. I definitely question his defense, it's far from where it should be.
@Stringer Bell@OkcBaby If he can turn into a reliable 3PT shooter from the corner, that's kind of big for us.
@[censored] It's kind of annoying that he doesn't get more rebounds than he does, considering his length. I know it's not the only thing that goes into rebounding, but I don't see as much effort on his part in this regard.I might be asking a bit too much of him though.
What's Thabo's % on 3 for the season? sorry can't check atm
KD's playmaking has me excited.
I'll be at work, ugh.
Anyway, I hope that we can manage the inevitable rotation changes with Maynor out. Seeing as how we struggled mightily adjusting to Thabo's absence, I don't know how this will play out.
@OkcBaby Partly because Scotty gives up the moment we go down by any significant margin, haha.
3 years ago on Thunder at Rockets: Pregame Primer
@ILikePancakes Our offense is still severely lacking, but I think that our ball movement *has* improved in the last couple of games. Instead of just going 1-on-5 the entire team, we're actually seeing the starters pass the ball more......before going 1-on-5. Still needs work.
@OkcBaby@Lost Ones Yes, and KD had a stinker despite it being Houston. Them being bad doesn't detract from the fact that out of the entire team, Russ quietly had the most solid night and carried the team for a good part of the game, even if KD came up with the last few daggers.
@Lost Ones Westbrook with 25 points on 50% shooting, 4 rebs, 6 ast, 3 TOs. Excellent game.
One of the few times he makes a mistake, and it's a big one. Sucks for you, Dragic.
KD truly is cold blooded.
That last defensive possession was a perfect example of how a motivated Russ is a monster on defense. Russ' offense has saved us this quarter. KD better step it up.
KD's been playing really badly tonight.
and then he goes and tries a pullup jumper early in the shot clock. -_-