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How bout we trade Jackson for Mo Williams? I'm not sure if that's a joke...
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.13.14
@Old Man Game Liked for straw man. Coaching change is an end-of-season type move.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Is firing a fix-all? Part 2
@TV63TV @4razr @Russ being Russ Yeah, I don't mean he's crazy, just that his troubles on the court are more between his ears than with his skills and abilities. And I don't mean he's unintelligent, but that he may be difficult to coach or to teach. Whatever it is, he sure has failed to put it all together on the court so far.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Thunder restore some order against the Jazz, 99-94
@GREENE1148 [DION WAITERS FACTION] @Divine Mortal In Royce's defense (at least somewhat), I think one of the biggest improvements has been DURANT's passing (and even, to an extent, Westbrook's). Hard (and harsh) to judge the team based on this year. Talk about a sample bias.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Thunder restore some order against the Jazz, 99-94
@_justin @okcjim #AmnestyPerk
@bmuelle23 Man, if we could just meld (the best parts) of lamb, PJ, and Morrow into one players, we'd be killer. Course, it's not really fair to have two Durants on one team.
@Russ being Russ @4razr Maybe I should also say, does Waiters have the tools to be a decent, at least average defender? And if he does, which is looks like he might, why is he so bad on defense? Is it the same reason he is so bad on offense, ie, he's a head case?
Question of the day: Why does Waiters have a rep of being a bad defender?
I take it back; I do tend to be pedantic, but I don't mean to be condescending. I just can't help it.
"The Thunder talk a ton about trust. But really, the one guy that
consistently does it is their best player. Durant leads by example when
it comes to this. He has no issue making the right play in the big
moment, and I think that’s really important for this team."
Durant and Lebron understand the game. Efficiency isn't everything, it's the only thing. Basketball is a game of odds, and he knows that playing the odds every time down the floor gives them the best chance to win. I don't mean to be pedantic, but I think some of us on this board get that, and some of us don't. If you don't get it, ask yourself this question: Why do Lebron and Durant play the game the way they do?
@okcjim I agree, don't really want to see Reggie traded. Not sure what's going on with his head... but he and Dion look like the best wings on the team at the moment. Not sure they have better tools than Lamb and Jones, but they are getting the shot. Guess I would rather cut bait with Lamb than anyone else, mostly because Perry is such a freak of nature and I keep thinking he's going to put it all together!
Brooks on Waiters over Jackson: “It’s not Dion over Reggie, it’s Dion
was playing solid defense and competing and pressuring the ball and not
giving up anything easy so he got the minutes tonight.” Riiiiiiiight.
"Something I find mildly interesting: Scott Brooks kept saying there just
aren’t enough minutes to go around to get Jeremy Lamb on the floor. And
yet, Dion Waiters shows up and immediately is plugged in. Seemed to
find the minutes for him just fine. So why not treat everyone like big
boys and say Lamb just isn’t good enough to play? Take off the kid
gloves for once."
This is actually one thing I love about Brooks. He wants every one of his players to succeed. He won't throw them under the bus. And he's right. It's not about Dion over Reggie. It's about defense and effort over .... fill in the blank. Brooks can't control what the players do on the floor. He can influence it, for sure, but if he's not getting what he wants one option is to go to another player who might give it. But he's not choosing Dion over Reggie. He's choosing defense and hustle over... staring at the ceiling? Same with Lamb. He wants Lamb to succeed. But read between the lines. There aren't enough minutes to go around because Lamb isn't forcing his hand. He might play better if he got the minutes, he might not, but he needs the minutes to find out, and nothing he is doing (judging by results) is forcing his coach to put him on the floor. Brooks has always wanted defense, and when he gets it, it earns players minutes to find out if their offense will come around. But first and foremost he want his players to succeed, individually and as a group, and he backs them to the end, and he's right, it's not about players or personalities, it's about results on the floor.
I get tremendously frustrated with Brooks as a coach, at times, but I love how he seems to manage people and personalities.
I know this is something of a broken record, but this also illustrates how I feel about Brooks:
"Teague's style is a perfect fit for the way Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer wants his point guard to operate. No frills. No extra drama. Just play your tail off and run the show the way it's been designed. Whatever questions there were about Teague before Budenholzer arrived last season have vanished."
Brooks succeeds on the first part, "play your tail off," but falls down on the second. Is this because Brooks doesn't have a design? Or because he fails to get guys to run the show the way he wants them to? Or some combination, either way, that's what this team needs and has needed for years.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Friday Bolts – 1.9.15
This quote pretty much sums up Brooks: http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/01/09/oklahoma-city-thunder-try-to-get-better-work-dion-waiters-into-mix/index.html
"I think the easiest way to fit in is just playing hard and playing with a competitive spirit that teammates respect," Brooks said. "He brings that. He brings a competitive spirit and he's going to compete and he's going to play night in and night out with great effort and that's what we strive to get from all of our players. If you can do that consistently, that gives you your best chance. Not only him, our other guys, including Russell and Kevin, if we're always worried about shots, you're not going to have the team that you want to be. It's about playing good basketball. It's about sharing the basketball. ... But what Dion brings, he brings a toughness. He brings a competitive spirit. He brings an edge."
Brooks is great at getting guys to buy in, getting them to play hard--but he's not so good at getting them to channel that effort. He pays lip service to "good basketball, sharing the ball," but he doesn't get them to focus their effort.
Thunder have a new plan for the team now: subtraction by addition
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 1.8.15
Dude was stone cold. Gave him a sliver of light and that's all he needed.
1 month ago on Wednesday Bolts – 12.24.14
If memory serves, Evans WAS an offensive-minded point guard.
1 month, 1 week ago on Thunder flop in crunchtime against the Pelicans, 101-99
@okcjim I like Reggie/Morrow/Lamb/PJ/Collison
Should try this lineup without Perk except when his interior defense is needed against a big second unit. Collison has played a lot of center in his career. I don't know how well Nick will play this year, but his chemistry with the young guys has generally been great.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 12.5.14
@GlendaGonzales That's why I've been thinking, some team is going to pay him to play, but where are they going to play him? He hasn't shown that he's suited to being the primary ball handler on a winning team. To be fair, though, he's set up for failure with this current roster.
2 months, 1 week ago on Four straight the wrong way: Nuggets beat OKC, 107-100
What could the Thunder possibly get for him anyway? In a vacuum he doesn't seem to have much value. Sure, trade him if someone inexplicably offers the moon!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on A Brave New World: What the NBA’s massive new TV deal means for OKC’s future
I wanna ask Shaq, who stepped back, you or Kobe?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.7.14
I find the team frustrating and tantalizing for the same reason: coaching. What would happen if the coaching staff were better able to bring out the best in the players individually and collectively as a team?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder problem-solving
Being a thunder fan is like watching an old snl skit for the dating service lowered expectations...
7 months ago on Monday Bolts – 6.30.14
I'm curious about the off season. Amnesty Perk, let Thabo walk, bring in Gasol? Is that even possible?
8 months ago on The Thunder’s season ends in six to the Spurs, 112-107
@duhsweetness Gotta love Kwame. Who has a better NBA career, KB or Anthony Bennett?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer
@Royce Young I'm tired of reading excuses for Westbrook's poor decisions. It's like the definition of insanity. Really the biggest knock on his game. I'm only talking about, maybe, the last 2 minutes. He's got to understand that you look for the highest percentage shot possible. The rest of the game, mostly, it works to take the first open shot. But he can get those looks, or similar looks, almost any time. It's not all on him. SB has got to establish the team's mentality at the end of games. He has got to give the team more to work with in terms of direction and planning. Ask yourself--would Popovich allow it, for either his player or his team? Russ can't play the last 2 minutes of a close game the same way he plays the rest of it, and I'm tired of excuses like, you've got to take the bad with the good. I don't blame the loss on those quick shots by Westbrook; but you can blame him for decreasing the odds of scoring on those plays. One, two, three seasons of watching his shot selection time after time is one thing; but he has got to learn that this is one of the few places where he and the Thunder can improve, and they have got to focus on those weaknesses. Just because he throws up ill-advised shots and makes them sometimes doesn't mean he can't make better decisions at the end of games; and it doesn't mean that the coaching staff is unable to get him to try something different. I love Russ, but the only goal that means anything to him or the team is winning a championship. The only way to do that is focus on every little opportunity to increase your chances for success. Stop making excuses for Russell and the team.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Suns light up the Thunder from outside, 128-122
Quoting @Royce Young, "so it’s not unreasonable to see him in a Westbrook, Butler, Durant, Ibaka, [Insert Big] lineup either."
I was thinking before I saw this from Royce that this lineup with Collison might be good. Though I wonder how much Collison's fabulousness is partly due to playing mostly against subs at this stage of his career. I would like to see how it plays out, though, because this looks like it could be a good 2-way lineup. But I ask myself, if this lineup were closing against Miami, who could Collison cover? Bosh? Birdman? James? Battier?
11 months ago on What does adding Caron Butler mean?
@sammasaaron @f5alcon@4razr Looks to me like it's all pick possessions together. Of course, those that lead to the roll are more efficient than those that lead to the pop. So P&P combos like Durant/Ibaka look worse. Durant the the 3rd most efficient P&R ball-handler in the league! His #1 partner is Ibaka, but their efficiency is relatively bad (below league average), we would guess because these possessions mostly lead to a jump shot. But still, an Ibaka jumper out of the P&R is a good shot in the universe of shots, and Durant is off the charts with other partners.
This is OT, but what Thunder pair would you think is the most potent P&R combo on the team (& #3 in the league)? If you think skill and BBIQ, you'd be on the right track. Sure surprised me:
I'm thinking now would be a good time to bet it all on the Thunder. Odds are about 5:1 for the ch'ip this year. Anyone with me? What would be the best way of going about making a bet like that?
11 months, 1 week ago on Russell Westbrook a game-time decision against the Heat
Because I know everyone is holding their breath, I have to say I was wrong about Ibaka at the time of the Harden trade. I never expected Ibaka to improve as much as he has. This organization is proving a lot of people wrong when it comes to player development; and Ibaka is an outlier when it comes to his improvement at every facet of the game. All signs pointed to JH becoming the player he has become; only the faithful would have expected this from Ibaka, turning potential into production.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 2.13.14
No mention of Perk starting on KG? That's a story within a story. How will that go? Can't see Perk staying on the floor long.
12 months ago on Thunder vs. Nets: Pregame Primer
I actually heard the words, "Scottie Brooks," and, "brilliant," in the same sentence tonight, nowhere in the vicinity of, "not." Give props where due. Brooks proving he has grown along with his players.
12 months ago on OKC finally beats Miami, 112-95
12 months ago on Thunder vs. Heat: Pregame Primer
@blueRAP Start Adams!
@blueRAP Where is the dislike button?
@[brooks' fault]@4razr The team doesn't get the respect or recognition nationally for their defense as much as they should. I want the world to start talking about their defense. I know they could become the best defensive team in the league.
Defense. I wish KD had just said defense in that interview. How did the team come back, Kevin? How did the team kickstart its fast break? Defense. I want KD to come out and talk about defense. This team needs to put some fear into the league and start talking about toughness and defense. Especially without RW, I want this team to talk about its defense, and adopt a defensive identity. Take the Slim Reaper ID to another level. The offense (KD) will take care of itself (KD).
You guys might enjoy this (my apologies if it's been posted): http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/29/blogtable-kd-or-lebron-for-mvp/
12 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 1.29.14
@Royce Young@4razr That's my point, Royce. That is not the same as, "grabbing 55 percent of all boards that he had to fight for." There is no stat that shows the percentage of contested rebounds that a player "wins." What might be interesting is something like contested rebound percentage * # of rebounds/36, or just contested rebound percentage * total rebound percentage, either of which would give you a measure of relative frequency of contested rebounds. For Adams, that would give us 10.1*.55=5.56 contested rebounds/36. But neither quite gets us to the % of contested rebounds won:
"Hope I'm not the 217th person to let you know, but ... the Contested Rebound Percentage stat is not quite what you're thinking. It's just a simple calculation showing the percentage of a player's total rebounds that are contested. Lopez gets 8 rebounds a game. 4.1 are contested. 4.1 / 8 = 51% (values rounded).
I have no idea what use this stat has; I suspect none. A much more useful column would be what you're looking for: Percentage of Contested Rebounds per Chance. They have Percentage of Rebounds per Chance, but that is polluted (to some extent, depending how valuable/difficult you think uncontested rebounds are) by its inclusion of uncontested rebounds (of which D12 is the master, btw).
You are not the 217th person, Paul. It only feels that way."
1 year ago on Player Power Rankings: Fear the Reaper
More telling might be that he leads the team in rebound percentage.
Royce (and DT), wrt contested ft%: That is the % of a players rebounds that are contested; not the % of contested rebounds that a player grabs. In other words, 45% of Adams rebounds are uncontested. There was a whole back-and-forth on this with David Aldridge on nba.com.
I think it's obvious what the Thunder's philosophy should be: defensive. If they commit to playing hard, aggressive defense with the personnel at hand, the offense will come. This could be an elite defensive squad even without Westbrook.
1 year ago on Player Power Rankings: Uneventful events
A point about Presti and roster construction: he has consistently prioritized athleticism, length, and size over skill (such as shooting). This has worked out very well for the Thunder. He has tried to fill in the shooting with spare parts, which mostly hasn't worked. On the roster now, who is an elite shooter? KD.... Serge shoots well, but only in very specific circumstances. Lamb may become one. The domino effect of missing Russ is to put more pressure on shooters (psychological as well as defensive), and the team is paying that price. Bottom line, I think the team will be ok learning to live without Russ, but there will be some ugly shooting nights.
Two things that could help with this: getting a shooter, or getting a playmaker who can set up easier shots. Because that is the other weakness on this club, lack of another primary ball-handler. I think in the short term the team would be better served at this point by signing a pg than anything else; but in the long term, assuming Russ is healthy for the playoffs, this team could really use a shooter. So what is the best move?
1 year ago on Nuggets smoke the Thunder, 101-88
@D@nny @Bryson NATE
1 year, 2 months 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 year, 2 months 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
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder vs. Bucks: Pregame Primer
@dollarbillrussell Why Fish instead of PJ?