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What is the minimum amount of players required to fill out the roster if we took that approach next season?
2 years, 6 months ago on Thunder sign undrafted rookie Hollis Thompson
This could give KD a reason to spend move time playing at the 4. For the right price, if he's willing to take a one year deal, it could be very worthwhile.
2 years, 6 months ago on Grant Hill considering Thunder, Heat and Lakers?
@Shake Down the Thunder @K-Dagger Daniel Plainview their core players aren't old enough for it to matter. They don't have any older players on long, big contracts. It's just a lot easier to underpay older guys who are desperate for a ring before they check out of the NBA for good instead of younger guys who still think they deserve more and have plenty of time to think about playing for a championship team
2 years, 7 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 7.5.12
@ou_sas definitely gonna have Thabo on Kobe because of his wingspan. The long arms work better on Kobe then the super ball-denial. Kobe can get the ball no matter how hard you try
Steve Nash is now with the Lakers. Russell Westbrook is still going to destroy the Lakers' point guards
@diddoff @cemitten Cavs are taking one of either MKG or Harrison Barnes. There's no way they go for Waiters because all he provides is a guy who can go one-on-one and get to the basket. The other two players provide more. Barnes gives them a shooter to open up lanes for Kyrie and MKG provides tremendous wing defense and hustle and offensive rebounding and slashing and finishing ability. Waiters isn't as versatile because he hasn't developed his jump shot well enough yet.
2 years, 7 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 6.28.12
@cemitten Anybody from Syracuse at 4 is a mistake.
@Legendary_dork I think it goes way beyond that; we need more offensively competent big men. Otherwise, how can Brooks tailor the rotation to not stall our offense while keeping a good enough (read: smart) defense on the floor. Let's all pray that Cole can put the moves on opponents next year off the best. #Cole4MIP
2 years, 7 months ago on Monday Bolts - 6.25.12
@diddoff I don't think there's a "right price" when you're talking about Steve Nash. He would command a lot more money somewhere else and get a lot more playing time. He would be a backup to Russ in OKC (unless we moved Russ to the starting 2) and most importantly, he wants to sign a 2-3 year deal to finish out his career. Considering how strapped for cash we will be starting in the 2013-14 season, we'd have to have two franchises' cash flow to make that work
@courtsense If I had to guess, it'll probably be all 3, but I think it starts with Westbrook. Stats aside, just watching his game, when he players with a sort of controlled chaos is when we're at our best. He needs to keep driving and kicking to guys like Thabo and Fisher so they can swing it to Durant and Harden and whoever else. He'll have an easier time passing to the "others". Also, I think Serge has to step up and hang on to the ball when he gets the dishes down low. He tends to blow 2-3 dunks per game by just dropping the ball.
2 years, 7 months ago on Practice Report: Rebounding
@OBoymuzik @justin_mia He's right. Too many lazy passes and things of that nature. Too many fast breaks where he calls his own number and runs a man over instead of passing to one of two guys running on either side of him. Those mistakes are unforgiveable because it takes from us and gives to them. I'd rather him jack up shots and miss them than turn it over because a missed shot is (oftentimes) better than no shot
2 years, 7 months ago on Thunder crumble in the second half, 91-85
@justin_mia @SB718 The stats at this point are less important than the mindset. He has all the skills to be dropped 20-4-7 on these guys. He seems the most nervous of any one of our major players right now.
@OBoymuzik @Lost Ones Agreed. And we oughta hope he agrees to an extension instead of opting to become a RFA
@JimboSlice @LPCes99 I'm not saying he'd great at everything. But given our situation the last three or four years, he's the best we've got. I watched a clip from bomani jones speculating on brooks as our coach, and he summed it up well: brooks comes with a low price tag. And he doesn't bring a lot of ingenuity to the table but he doesn't take much away from the team. Provided that our guys are on the floor, our talent should pull us through. We're never going to have doc Rivers or svg but we can look to the improvement in brooks as a coach as a positive sign for the future.
@justin_mia Fisher had 3 or 4 attempts in the 4th quarter alone. He should probably have that many a GAME.
@LPCes99 I wouldn't pin this on Brooks. At the end of the day, it was a 6 point loss and players make plays, not coaches. There were a lot of 50/50 balls and plays that we could have turned in our favor with more energy and effort. For some of the bench guys, if you get a chance to get in the game, you've gotta make the most of that opportunity and earn the right to play when given a chance. The starters also have to play smarter so that the role players don't feel like they need to take over the responsibility of swinging the momentum. Brooks knows this and the players know this, but they just let it slip away these last two games. Scotty is a good coach and deserves a lot more credit than he gets. He took on the task of coaching a bunch of young talented players and putting them in a position to win. And every night we take the court, we undeniably have a chance to win. It comes down to competing on every possession and I think Brooks motivates his players to compete and work hard every single play of the game. With the team's talent and that mentality from the coach, we've gotten this far and are still 3 wins away from a championship. He's a good coach.
@ATH @Lost Ones Russ adds more on defense. I can't recall a single play on defense where Russ got scored on. Nothing stands out because he gave 100% on D every play of the game. You can't say that for everybody else.
The lineup to end the 3rd was the weakest OKC lineup I've seen all season. It compromises too much in terms of defense and rebounding without enough offense to compensate for it. Not enough Westbrook in this one. Sat out a significant chunk between end of the 1st and the middle of the 2nd and wayyy too much in the 3rd. He had that mid-range pull up going a lot better than in the last two games which would have opened up more driving lanes. Also, too much standing around on offense for some pretty significant plays. One play, Harden had it at the top of the key, dribbled, KD on his right, Russ on his left, neither asking for the ball, no screen from Perkins = isolation drive resulting in a turnover. Unacceptable decision/play call and far far far too sloppy in this game. We gave them a game on the road with an awkward rotation in addition to letting them get all the 50/50 balls. On defense, it didn't look like the guys were helping each other out early enough. LeBron had too many offensive rebounds, but what do you expect when Perk is boxed out and the only people left to challenge him on the boards are either Harden or Fish. KD really has to step it up by not just grabbing them with his superior wingspan, but to establish position and force them to go over his back to get the ball. He had a few right in front of him and guys like Bosh and Wade (two guys you can't ever forget about on the court) swoop in and grab them up. When KD makes the little plays, it makes everybody else want to dive on the floor and muck things up and play with greater energy.
I can't remember who brought this up, but Westbrook didn't have many other options late in that game. When Russ shoots too much, half of the reason is because nobody gets themselves in a position to take the ball from him and get an easy basket. Sure, you can throw it to Durant to isolate, but Russ knows that the team has a better shot if he uses a screen to get an open mid-range shot. He just needs to focus in and finish at the rim better. He missed a lot of layup opportunities and I can live with that. Without Russ, we're not even in the game. So, we lost the game. Nobody can blame him. The entire team is to blame. Sure, Harden had a great night and Durant scored 16 in the 4th and had an opportunity to tie it, but we lost and nobody deserves any real credit because we shouldn't have started that slowly, and it's just about everyone's fault.
2 years, 7 months ago on Russell Westbrook: Mindset
@Landstander I totally forgot about that! He really started to shine in that moment, and that one moment is proof enough of how loving and classy our fans are. The fans oughta make sure they show Russell some love when he goes to the line too. I know KD is the MVP of our team and all, but maybe someone should start an MVP chant for Russ when he gets to the line when he's performing well. He deserves it for how much effort he expends on a nightly basis just in order for us to win
2 years, 7 months ago on Five leftover thoughts from Game 1
@thelaughingwiseman I absolutely agree with you on this one. The last two decades, superstars in the NBA have been the attention-seeking guys who love to pat themselves on the back (Shaq, Kobe, Wade, LeBron, etc.) but we can see the new elite players in the NBA are the humble hardworking guys like Rose, Durant, Westbrook, Love, Aldridge and company. And chief among those guys is Durant. He stands out over all of them because he's simply the best of them all. And it's even better that he's doing it in Oklahoma City because the amplifies the humble aspect of his game.
I'm not so sure about James Harden getting a ton of minutes. Obviously, we need him to run the offense better and take good shots and make them, but he really needs to pick it up on the defensive end. The last three rounds of the playoffs, I've been getting really frustrated with Harden's lack of commitment on the defensive end of the ball. He relaxes way too far off of shooters just to throw a hand in the lane when a guy is driving. First of all, that only works about 5% of the time, and more often than not, with teams like the Spurs and Heat, when you have Harden reaching down and a big rotating between the ball handler and the rim, a man will open up for a catch and shoot opportunity on the wing/corner, and Harden isn't quick enough to recover in time. He isn't gifted with the speed of Westbrook, Sefolosha, and Durant and doesn't have the length of the latter two either, so he needs to remember to stay home more. Because we can't hide him on anybody. To his credit, he forced Wade into taking some tough shots when they went one-on-one, but he really needs to pick up his off-the-ball defense.
@thelaughingwiseman LeBron only deserved 1 of the 3 and-1's he got in that second half
2 years, 7 months ago on Lights out: OKC closes out Miami in Game 1, 105-94
@jdstorm yeah, but enough defensive pressure will give him plenty of opportunities on the other end
Westbrook's technical got me so fired up! Such a classic Westbrook moment. Also, I was really pulling for him to get that triple double... Let's hope he gets another shot at it before this series is over
@Jo_Cro that argument is rendered moot when you look at the offensive efficiency numbers. if we can remain a top 5 or even a top 10 team in offensive efficiency without a low post threat, who cares? This season, we were #2 I think and nobody could ever really complain about our offense. The only things that prevented us from exploding earlier in the season were the turnovers and lack of consistent ball movement. We've got that going for us now and looking to the future, I am really excited about what this team can do regardless of how this series goes.
2 years, 8 months ago on KD takes over as OKC evens the series, 109-103
I'm not very upset about this game. It was obvious we gave it away, but I think the major difference was how poorly Harden played when he was attacking. He completely blew that 3-on-1.5 fastbreak by barreling into Neal. I haven't seen the Thunder execute a fastbreak that poorly all season. Harden needs to get his head in the game and move his feet on defense. This game, and last series, he's been defending two of the best and smartest shooting guards in the game. He can't just halfheartedly defend them, let them blow by him, and reach an arm out at the ball. He's playing against Ginobili, not Keith Bogans. I just thought, all around, he didn't play a very smart game. He needs to buckle down and contribute, because he's kind of been our go-to consistent player who we count on to perform up to his standards on a regular basis.
2 years, 8 months ago on Thunder miss a big opportunity dropping Game 1 101-98
Souhan is an idiot. If there was ever a problem with the fans, then why would everybody across the league be saying we have one of the best, if not THE best, arena in the NBA. Our players love it too! We have a bunch of rabid fans who express their love of the Thunder. I don't know if he thinks Minnesota is the shit or something, but it's not; he needs to get over himself. Even if people outside of Oklahoma don't care about us, at least we have some pride for our state and our team. I think our team is doing the most amazing job of any in the playoffs right now of rallying its fans and showing its players how much we support them. And the point about the matching shirts is dumb. People love free shirts PLUS it looks amazing. If he needs evidence he should look no further than here:
2 years, 8 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.24.12
Thabo deserves to be on the second team over Kobe.
Also, wtf is up with Chandler on the 2nd team?
Does that mean that Ibaka should've been DPOY?
2 years, 8 months ago on Serge Ibaka named to NBA first team All-Defense
@neo12 @El Prez we need Russ to bulldog him a lot since their minutes are going to comparable. But, last time Russ got overaggressive on D against Parker, he went off for 42, so we need to get the ball out of his hands and go with a denial approach, because when Russ gambles, the spurs score.
2 years, 8 months ago on KD ices the Lakers as OKC takes Game 4, 103-100
@loplopol @northernthunder he was frustrated with himself for missing those shots, but there was no mental effect there. He shot the ball the same way he always does, but that one rolled off the rim. You can tell he was resilient mentally when he came back, had a mismatch on Kobe, called for the ball and hit the game-tying shot. He plays the game one possession at a time, which is why he can hit so many big shots
I think we should also give Perk a lot of credit for picking up a lot of great rebounds in that 4th quarter. I think in the first 3 quarters, he really expected Ibaka to be grabbing a lot of those loose balls, but when the offensive rebounding had gotten to its worst point and the game was at its most important point, he took it upon himself to muscle Bynum out of the way and grab those rebounds. He willed himself to the ball (just like with that put back). Also, KD has done the same all year long. When we had a series of games we were just getting murdered on the offensive boards in January/February, he upped his RPG and ended up leading our team in rebounds and did the same thing tonight.
Ibaka picked up the scoring slack while Durant's shots weren't going down, so if we get him those looks again, we'll have a solid 10-20 points from Ibaka AND probably close to or more than 30 from Durant when he's making those wide open shots.
2 years, 9 months ago on Mavericks vs. Thunder: Game 2 Pregame Primer
we can't hand the scoring title to KD just yet, LeBron might just score 200 points tonight
2 years, 9 months ago on Kevin Durant wins his third straight scoring title
Another thing is that Dallas hasn't been as good of a road team this season as Denver, but they have a pretty strong home court advantage and OKC would definitely want to snatch game 3 from them to finish it in 5, obviously holding home court themselves.
2 years, 9 months ago on Dallas or Denver?
I think this game fired up both teams (obviously judging by how fiercely everyone was fighting out there) and I envision both OKC and Miami closing out the regular season very strongly and heading in to the postseason with a lot of momentum. OKC's toughness seemed to awaken the Heat from their month-long slumber and OKC has already been playing the type of basketball that you expect going into the postseason. I think the major concern is making sure Westbrook takes his time a little bit more, now that he's got his confidence up after a great month, and have him look to get other guys some shots. He's showcased that he can make some really good reads and get the ball under the basket to open men, so he needs to keep looking down there.
Also, I think it should be pointed out that Serge dropped two great passes and Nazr blew an open lay up attempt that would've gone a long way since they came off of great feeds from Durant and Westbrook in the lane. That's something that we probably won't see happen too often in the playoffs.
2 years, 10 months ago on Thunder come up short in the showdown with Miami 98-93
I think the major issue is that we play a lot of small ball to take advantage of match ups and Brooks loves playing Ibaka, Perkins, and Collison at the 5 in those lineups. And we all know that the only guy Aldrich can really replace in the rotation is Nazr because the other 3 are too important to the team. But I do think that one thing Aldrich will want to do is improve his conditioning. I think he should take Perk's and Kevin Love's examples and lose some weight, get stronger, and prove that he can play extended minutes on the floor. One issue that comes up with the Synergy statistics is that when Cole is typically on the floor is when the opposition is a lot weaker. Perk bangs it out with the premier centers and power forwards in the league, while Cole plays against his own peers, the other teams' clean up crew.
2 years, 10 months ago on A bigger role for Cole
@slroberts @Remify on that video, the black ones and the orange ones are amazing! We really oughta have an orange alternate jersey. it just makes the most sense
2 years, 10 months ago on Thunder get the last word against the Lakers, 102-93
@courtsense that trade really changes the look of our team by so much! We lose a lot of interior toughness and rim-protecting (with the exception of Howard) and we get pretty average point guards in exchange for an all-star PG, although we would have an incredible backup and we'd be a lot more of a 3pt shooting team.
2 years, 10 months ago on Cavs snap OKC's 14-game home streak, 96-90
The thunder like players who aren't hazardous to team chemistry. As is evidenced by the past three months, Howard violates that rule
2 years, 10 months ago on Report: Magic and Thunder have discussed Dwight Howard deal
Anyone else notice how far up Memphis has jumped up the standings since the ASB? They've won their last 5, still without Randolph, and seem to be developing Speights into a solid PF. When Randolph comes back, Speights would be an extremely dangerous backup. Hopefully, the Grizz get a bad match up in the first round so we don't have to bang it out with them again. I really think the seven games against them last year wore us out for the Mavs, who only played 4 in their previous series.
2 years, 10 months ago on Thunder Fear Factor: Who is scary in the West?
I noticed that Westbrook seemed a bit reluctant to drive the lane as hard as he normally does, which is evidenced by the low turnovers (most of his come from attacking the basket too hard) and low FT attempts (2!?). He started to get a little bit more aggressive going for offensive rebounds and tip outs in the middle of the 4th quarter, but up until that point, he fell in love with his jumper and felt okay leaving Harden and Durant to initiate the offense. I imagine that some of this is due to the fact that he hit those two early 3s but that shot didn't serve him too well in the second half.
2 years, 11 months ago on OKC tries to sleepwalk to a win, but loses in Atlanta 97-90
@GeoLogger absolutely. If Ivey keeps his energy up, he may one day become a plus/minus superstar like Collison. I remember hearing that he has incredible locker room presence too, so I'd like to see him get some more minutes and step his game up to the next level where he can be a solid contributor to this team. Realistically, he should always be available to be a defensive sparkplug for 5-10 minutes at a time.
2 years, 11 months ago on OKC wins tough in Orlando, 105-102
@neo12 @TempBoy Brandon I feel like he's already been cutting into DC's minutes, but that might not be true and it might just feel like it since I'm used to seeing DC on the floor with Harden. I can't wait til Sefolosha gets back because Harden always seems to be the one who sets up Cook for open 3s with his skip passes.
@JakeArent @TempBoy Brandon You have a point, but Ivey has been getting minutes for 2 weeks, and Reggie's been running the second unit, even though he just defers to Harden, for almost two months. I think Ivey is best saved as a guy to bring energy off the bench, and you can use Reggie and Ivey both in the rotation, giving each of them minutes, and sticking with whoever is performing better. Neither of them is going to be the centerpiece of the offense, so whoever works harder on defense and avoids mistakes on offense will be the guy for us.
@RodneyRosavelRusanWilson I think it hurts us because the two teams we have the best chance of facing in the Finals, assuming OKC wins the Western Conference, are Chicago and Miami. Although we know we can beat these teams and we match up well against them, not getting a chance to see the improvements they've made since last year and really figure out what works and doesn't work for us specifically will prove to be a huge challenge. I think the Thunder need to work harder to avoid stinkers like in Washington and Sacramento where we get outworked because homecourt advantage in the Finals could play large.
I think Nick Collison deserves a lot of credit for his one-on-one defense against Dwight Howard too. It wasn't as good as Perk, but he has the agility to prevent Howard from making too many moves.
@ThunderChick2010 Or the lady who almost drowned cuffing herself in a water tank. Worst. Show. Ever.
2 years, 11 months ago on Thunder humble the Warriors, 110-87
@RRRWHOAAAA It's gonna happen when the next big beard comes out. Nobody cares about Baron Davis' beard now that Harden's got it going on, but when some kid comes in the league in the next 10 years with a rockin' beard and Harden's stops getting as much attention, he might as well shave it. He might wanna do it while the kid's still in college because he doesn't want people thinking he did it just to be an icon