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1 week, 3 days ago on OKC’s bench kicks the Spurs, 94-88
@Barry Amenema @4razr Anyone know or care to guess what percent of OKC's points come on 3-pointers, free throws or at-the-rim finishes?
1 week, 4 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 11.26.13
@anonymous12345 @4razr This is a great counter to the Spurs defense and an opening to the more efficient shots. Most teams will eventually start defending this when a player is hitting. As long as the team (or one player) doesn't fall in love with that shot, being able to hit it is a real advantage. The Spurs are very good at picking their poison and will stick with their defensive scheme longer than most, imo.
There is a theme in the nba (not new, but trending): Through three quarters, all but four of the Spurs' field-goal attempts
came from inside the paint or behind the arc. They know what the most
efficient shots in basketball are, and they work hard to create them,
never settling for the dreaded long 2-point jumper.
Eighty-two percent of Portland's points were on 3-pointers, free throws or at-the-rim finishes.
I don't mention this because I'm concerned about OKC's offense for the regular season; I mention it because meticulous attention to these kind of details is what separates the champs from the also-rans. I want to see more of OKC, and especially Westbrook, treating this like a do-or-die proposition. The team has to use the regular season to fine-tune everything they do for the postseason, and learning not to settle for inefficient shots is big part of that, IMO. Doing so without turning over the ball is even more important.
@The Great Wall Of Adams You forgot the sarcasm font
3 weeks ago on Thunder vs. Bucks: Pregame Primer
@dollarbillrussell Why Fish instead of PJ?
@ Luke I like this comment from that tread: Some people other than those in America beleive a relaxed non arrogant
personality is a positive. He wont fail, his sister is a double olympic gold
medal champion and his 11other siblings are equally freakish.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Durant dominates and Adams shines as OKC tops Detroit, 119-110
Random thoughts: If the draft were held today, does Adams go #1? Adams making Kevin Pelton look good. Why is it that I keep reading Adams had a broken hand/thumb last year, yet that entire Cleveland thread, no one mentions it. Was it some kind of secret? Why do I read a scouting report that says Adams has small & bad hands, yet also read a report from a Celtics workout raving about his big, soft hands? I can see from the NBA combine measurements that he has good-sized hands. How did the Thunder get this fortunate? Where can I get hit by that lucky stick? Anyone notice that Adams pluses right now are mostly in the fundamentals where Serge has never really had it all come together? Great complementary players if Adams can really hold down the middle, which it looks like he can.
I'm surprised that y'all are so surprised. This is a team that is without its 2nd and 3rd best offensive players from last year. The starting lineup lost the one guy that everything runs through, and his backup is learning the nba point and learning to be an nba player. Scottie's a little over his head, but he has to keep it simple, because these guys are learning to play in the nba, and/or learning to play together. Outside of Durant, how many players in the starting lineup would be starting on another team? Ibaka might start on half of them, and that's it. They will figure it out, but tonight was pretty much what I expected. Oh, and they can't shoot. That's going to be a problem. Poor Reggie's going to have some more ugly nights with turnovers. But it will get better. I think this team could contend (with Russel), but don't kid yourselves. This is not some big surprise. The competition is also pretty good (tonight, and in the nba in general). Welcome to the real world of being basketball fans. Linear progession is not guaranteed. Don't get down on them :-) END RANT Oh, forgot to mention, Reggie's hurt!
1 month ago on That was bad: Wolves hammer OKC, 100-81
@International Man of Mystery @4razr Yeah, the Thunder may still avoid the tax next year; I think the option of a Perk amnesty and the TPE could have them spending money without going into the tax, which seems like a good idea. If by all in, you mean going into the tax, you may be right about the timing. But given the uncertainties around this team, I don't expect Presti to do anything rash this season when he has more options in the offseason.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.22.13
Zach Lowe is reaching. He's probably right about 1 and 2 (and the result). But Presti is not going all in for this season--next season should be his target. Most likely he amnesties Perk next summer and picks up a player with the TPE from Martin, when he has had a full season to evaluate Russell, Lamb, and the rooks. Unless he finds a creative way to fleece another GM this season, I'm not expecting much in the way of player movement.
As long as assessments of NBA economics exclude the appreciation of team value, the deck is stacked against the players.
3 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 9.3.13
Reading David Aldridge made me grateful for one thing about Jeremy Lamb: There's a good chance he won't be so good that the Thunder can't afford to keep him. Here's our chant for Lamb: Just good enough! Just good enough!
4 months ago on Breaking down the Thunder’s 2013-14 schedule
@Turfright @Bryson @4razr Look at what an impact Bowen had. The ability of a team like the Magic to take Howard and shooting all the way to the finals. The lack of off-the-ball shooting has been an issue for this team for a long time.
4 months, 1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 8.2.13
@Turfright @Bryson @4razr It's less about shooters in a vaccum and more about spacing. Having shooters doesn't help Miami a bit without Bron and Wade.
@Bryson @4razr Arguable. The author's point, I believe, is that iso has actually become much harder due to allowing zone/roaming coverage, especially when there are no shooters to space the floor. So yeah, one-on-one is easier with the hand checkiing, but one-on-three is still pretty hard.
Analysis from previouos post: This is one aspect of the team/game that Presti has seemed to underemphasize (shooters). The focus on defense, athleticism, and fairly unstructured offense heavily dependent on two players has worked very well for the team--but it leaves them particularly vulnerable in the playoffs. The main point is that isos have an even greater degree of difficulty in today's NBA than in the past, yet OKC relies pretty heavily on one-on-one action, especially when things get really tight at the end of games or in the playoffs. Ball movement, offensive schemes and such can help, but there is no substitue for having guys like Battier, Miller, and Allen to knock down shots. Yes, the foul-drawing has led to a very efficient offense, but is a risky playoff strategy when defense becomes more intense, and fouls more difficult to come by or rely on consistently. This is also an area where Martin really helped--though less so in the playoffs. I think this year is an audition for Lamb as a possible Thabo replacement, and in that role his ability as a 3 & D guy will be more important than anything. I hope he becomes really consistent with that 3-point shot.
Enjoyed that read on Grantland, and this got me thinking: "In a league where aggressive defensive schemes are driving the constant one-on-one isolation play that dominated the 1990s into extinction, Datome should prove to be capable of handling the rigors of a higher level of competition, and could wind up being an extremely valuable role player.
In order to give their star players more space to operate without being harassed by multiple help defenders, NBA teams have begun to place an even greater emphasis on shooting. Guys that play hard or volume scorers capable of creating their own offense are far less appealing these days in comparison with players who do nothing but knock down shots — either spotting up along the perimeter or off screens."
See my comment in the next post--there is a limit on post length now? who knew?
@Jax Raging Bile Duct @L0rv Money wasn't the overriding concern for OKC ownership. The purely financial play would have been to work something out in Seattle, imo. I get the short-term arguments about arena prospects in Seattle and OKC, but a reasonably successful team in Seattle is going to be worth more than the same team in OKC.
@TempBoy Brandon Side note: I like the all-youth team of Reggie, Lamb, Roberson, PJ, and Adams. That could be a seriously good lineup......some day.
What I HOPE will happen is that Scotty realizes there's really no need to play Fisher. Either PJ or Roberson should get some rotation minutes; I actually expect Roberson to get the Liggins minutes because what he brings should translate well. What I expect is that Fisher will play more than seems justifiable.
Guess it's between Thabeet and Orton, because I will be shocked if Adams isn't in the running for d-league all-star this year. Orton is really going to have to stand out to beat out Thabeet, because incumbency/defense/consistency count for a lot, and Thabeet seems ahead on all three. I also wouldn't be shocked if neither gets much pt, because Serge and Nick can fill in ably at the 5 on many nights.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 7.26.13