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@duhsweetness Gotta love Kwame. Who has a better NBA career, KB or Anthony Bennett?
1 day, 8 hours 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.
3 days, 17 hours 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?
1 week, 3 days 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?
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week ago on OKC finally beats Miami, 112-95
1 month, 1 week 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/
1 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 3 weeks 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 month, 4 weeks ago on Nuggets smoke the Thunder, 101-88