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@KDMVP1 @GlendaGonzales Presti should have lost that distinction after trading a top 10 player in the NBA for three pieces, none of which are even contributors for the Thunder two years later. Such an awful trade that only the local OKC media still defends.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Too little, too late: Thunder fall in Game 5
@Royce Young @MostJadedGamerThe OKC Thunder media are the only remaining defenders of that ridiculous trade. The national media just simply crushes Presti over and over for it. I repeat, not a single player from the James Harden trade touched the floor tonight in a game in which the bench scored 9 total points. The Thunder essentially gave away a top 10-15 player in the league for nothing in return. Harden makes 5 million more than Perkins this year!
3 months ago on New game, same story: Grizzlies survive Thunder magic again
Not a single player involved in the James Harden trade saw
the floor tonight for the Thunder. They essentially gave a top 10 player in the
league away to the Rockets for nothing. Somehow Royce will still defend the
trade though. Lol. Also, Kendrick Perkins made 8.5 million this year compared to 13.5 million for Harden.
The Thunder were asking a top 10 player in the league to come off the bench AND take less money. That really was ridiculous. How anyone could fault Harden for leaving is dumb. I understand that Royce is a Thunder employee, but that take is ridiculous. The only folks that do not think the Thunder made a mistake letting him go are the local OKC media. Everyone else knows it was ridiculous. Try to be objective. The Thunder have made millions and millions in profits and in the increase in the value of the franchise so to say it was a financial decision is simply not true.
3 months ago on Harden: Money was the deciding factor in leaving OKC
Suggestion to help relieve some of the offensive pressure put on by the
Grizzlies: More screen-and-roll from Durant and Westbrook. It makes Tony
Allen either hedge off or fight over a screen. I don’t think isolating
KD on Allen is a great plan.
Brooks has only had 3 playoff matchups against Memphis the last few years. Give him time Royce...geez. He'll figure out at some point that posting up KD 25 feet from the basket against Tony Allen isn't the best idea.
3 months ago on Grizzlies even up despite some late magic from the Thunder
The fact that Royce thinks Harden should have been paid, or gotten the minutes of a sixth man make me laugh out loud. They essentially traded a top 8 player in the league (#5 in many folks MVP votes) for Jeremy Lamb, who isn't really in the rotation anymore and Steven Adams is ridiculous.
Scott Brooks' decision to never stop playing Perkins against the the Heat two years ago is reason enough to move him WAY down the pecking order of coaches in the NBA.
Those two reasons alone are worth justifying OKC as the 8th best run IMO. The fact is that Durant alone is good enough to carry a few teams to the title, he's simply that good. See LBJ in Cleveland.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on A few thoughts on #FrontOfficeRank
Again, Perkins needs to be amnestied more than anything for the fact that Brooks refuses to use him in a limited role. Him starting is ridiculous and it's hampering Ibaka's growth. $9 million for Perkins is beyond a bad deal, I would argue it's easily the worst contract in the NBA.
1 year ago on A Thunder free agency primer
@MostJadedGamer It's truly sad that Perkins has become a punchline for the TNT guys and is trending on twitter as being so terrible, yet he still makes nearly $9 million next season. Even at the league minimum he shouldn't be on the floor.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder fail late in Game 2 and Memphis evens up, 99-93
Truly the worst write-up I've seen on this site. Perk and Ibaka are overwhelmingly the reason the game was lost. Just take a look at their backcourt vs. ours. Gasol is averaging 22/7.5/4 on 59.3% shooting in two games after averaging 17/7.5/3.3 on 46.6% shooting in the prior series. I thought Perkins was supposed to be a good defender. If not, why on Earth is he in the game? He's been so abysmal on offense that he's been a huge negative. Several turnovers, dropped passes, cannot finish. I feel terrible that Durant has to play alongside him. How often does he set him up with a great pass only to see it dropped or not finished. If he comes back next season, Presti has clearly lost it. He's such a liability and holding this team back.
Are you seriously asking why Reggie Jackson isn't getting more looks for Martin? It's pretty simple, he's not a PG. Sure, he's short and fast and quick, but that doesn't make him a PG. He rarely ever looks to faciliate the offense and mostly looks to attack which isn't a bad thing until you compound the fact that OKC really needs a PG without Russ out there. The way the roster is constructed, it needs to be Durant initiating the offense and bringing it up the court. They can't deny him the ball and when they double he can find open guys.
1 year, 2 months ago on THTV: Panic in OKC?
@Landstander @shorthorns4 Ibaka? What types of shots do you expect him to get? Thabo? If you have confidence in him making a lot of clutch shots, we can't even have a conversation.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.2.13
@KD4theWin @nasama Then who takes over as SG? If they don't plan on re-signing him, why on earth did Jeremy Lamb not play more this season?
@Landstander The whole thing is just a rinse and repeat from last season when no one other than Westbrook or Durant showed up against the Heat. A lot of it's the system (or lack thereof) and a lot of it is the personnel. Does anyone really expect Martin, Thabo or Ibaka to make shots when it counts? I certainly don't. Time to surround the two All-Stars with quality shooters, ala Miami.
@f5alcon @shorthorns4 Dumb media. Anyone who can average 7-8 assists per game consistently is a PG in my book.
@f5alcon It's amazing that the organization doesn't have a single legitimate PG option besides Westbrook on the team. No, I don't count Jackson or Fisher as PGs merely because they are short. Neither has a game that remotely resembles a facilitator.
@propsizzle @Mr_posey It's really a shame that Lamb never got serious looks this season. He's potentially a huge part of next season. I think it will be a big mistake to bring Martin back. He seems to disappear way too often to make the kind of money that he will get. If Lamb had gotten serious looks, Brooks wouldn't hesitate to bring him in now.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder fall one step closer to bad history, 107-100
@Steve H This. Perkins and Brooks need to go desperately. This will be the third straight postseason that Brooks has been outclassed as a coach.
@Tricia Status @d21 @shorthorns4 Yes of course we need a system, but I've given up hope of Brooks installing any type of system with interchangable parts years ago. Plus, it's not as if that would be installed overnight. Time to let KD be a point forward and live and die by it IMO.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder searching for answers and living dangerously
@Tricia Status @shorthorns4 Fisher has never been a real PG, because he's always played in a triangle offense. Never really did much but bring the ball up the court, pass to Kobe and sit and wait for a 3-pointer. This is all a moot point if Westbrook isn't injured.
@tygablood @shorthorns4 Westbrook isn't necessarily a true PG but he's twice as good of a facilitator as Jackson. Again, this is more about the lack of guys who can create their own shots and not about Jackson who is a promising young player. The offense simply has to go through Durant handling the ball from this point forward IMO.
@Tricia Status @shorthorns4 Someone who can setup the offense and gets guys open shots. This team doesn't have many people that can create their own shot. A true PG would be able to get them the ball in their spots that they are the most effective in. Again, this isn't knocking Jackson. I wish we had him and Maynor, but if I had to choose, I would take Maynor with the absence of Westbrook. Also, we need a PG that can spread the floor and knock down open shots when given the opportunity from Durant double teams. Jackson is a horrific outside shooter (23% from 3 this year).
This is what happens when you don't have a true PG on the roster. As
talented and improved as Jackson is, he's never going to be a true PG.
This team would be better off with Maynor right now IMO because at least
he could set the offense, tempo, etc. Instead, Jackson is a
mini-Westbrook. That's not a knock on him, but this team has enough
defensive minded, drive to the hoop type of players. It's in desperate
need of a facilitator. Unfortunately, Durant is by far the best
remaining player on the roster at that. For some reason, the Thunder got
away from him bringing the ball up the court in the second half and it
killed them. Well, that and allowing Perkins to play a single minute of
@Steve H Agree completely. It's the same reason that Perkins needs to be amnestied next year. He is a good option against a few teams in the West, but his minutes cannot be trusted with Brooks. It's a shame that Lamb isn't playing more. Next year, we'll look back and be completely disappointed he didn't play more this season.
1 year, 4 months ago on Nuggets outgun the Thunder, 114-104
@FF_pickups @Lost Ones If Martin isn't re-signed, Lamb will need to play a hell of a lot more than 12 minutes per game next season. More like 25 IMO. Team has to have a third scoring option.
1 year, 4 months ago on 3-on-3: Bench, please
It's truly amazing the limited minutes that Lamb has played this season when you consider how important he could be next year if the Thunder are unable or unwilling to re-sign Martin.
@Brob785 Of the four, I really wish Lamb were getting some run with the first or second units. His development will be crucial to next season if Martin doesn't return.
1 year, 4 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 2.26.13
@SeanzieCrews He can't help himself. He will always play veterans way too many minutes. See Perkins.
@thunder_mike This team needs a scorer way more than it needs someone like PJ. The entire roster is lousy with guys that can play defense, rebound, etc, but not score. Outside of Durant and Westbrook, there's no one on the roster next year that can create their own shot, assuming Martin is not re-signed. Lamb's development is much more important than PJ's.
1 year, 4 months ago on Why are the Thunder bringing back Derek Fisher?
@D_Fish's_6th_Ring The whole thing goes back to Perkins getting so many minutes. Perkins in the game meant that he was defending Bosh, Ibaka was on Battier and Durant took whoever was leftover. Perkins playing a single minute in that series was a disaster.
@okcjim If Martin is not re-signed, the Thunder have to get another scorer. As it is, Martin is the only offensive player that comes off the bench. If they plan on Lamb being the SG next season, I have no idea why he isn't in the rotation right now.
This move spells disaster. It's not the fact that he's on the roster, it's the fact that Brooks will fall in love with him again and give him way too many minutes again. It's the same for Perkins playing against opponents he has no business playing against. Brooks completely overvalues leadership and veterans.
@bmuelle22 @Thunder ATX @anonymous12345 @PerkPunt Pretty sure he could play alongside Westbrook. Westbrook can play either SG or PG. Essentially would be an upgrade over Reggie Jackson.
1 year, 5 months ago on Reports: Eric Maynor traded to Portland
Someone please explain the trade exception again. Thanks in advance.
@BeautyandThabeet @TempBoy Brandon The problem with Reggie is that he is just another defensive/energy guy. He's not a very good offensive player and this team is full of solid defensive guys that don't shoot the ball well. I think the team would be much better sticking with Maynor to see if he can regain his form from two years ago. I'm afraid he's going to leave after this year and blow up next year. He was on his way towards being a very good player before his injury, seems hard to believe that he won't become that player again. He was much better in year two than Jackson has been this year.
1 year, 5 months ago on Five leftovers from Miami’s Valentine massacre
@f5alcon If true, you have to really question the Thunder's decision not to re-sign Harden. I think he's proven beyond a shadow of doubt in Houston that he's a max player and still isn't near his prime. If they weren't trading him for financial reasons, it was a bad call based on ability. SMH.
@BallSoHard @shorthorns4 @MJOKC @BeautyandThabeet Yes because the bad outweighs the good and he makes way too much money. If he made half as much and Brooks only used him against certain matchups then I would for them to keep him. As it is, he's an overall negative.
@f5alcon Wow. I sure hope you're wrong. The cap is by far the bigger issue. There's simply no way they can spin it that they don't have the money to take the financial hit, they've made a few hundred million the last couple of years (counting increase in franchise value). I respect your opinion, cash flow has got to be a huge positive these days considering the constant sellouts and waiting list for season tickets. If they don't amnesty him, I think they'll have trouble keeping Martin if they wish. This team without a quality bench scorer wouldn't even be in the top 4 in the West IMO.
@Sup' Bruh' Ibaka is not defending Bosh, its mostly Perkins. Nick Collison is not being relied on nearly enough. He should be getting several of Perkins' minutes. Collison isn't even averaging 20 mins per game!
@BallSoHard @MJOKC @BeautyandThabeet Perk at C = Jeff Green at PF. This team will not reach its full potential until Perkins is gone and Collison is able to get more minutes. It's a shame we have to see the same story over and over with Perk and Brooks' refusal to take him off the floor in bad matchups.
@Dubyaexwhizey Yes I was wrong. I'm not mad at Perk, I wish that he was on the books for half or less the salary that he is. I also wish he only played against the teams he was needed against. He's an asset against a few teams in the West, but at this point the good outweighs the bad IMO and the Thunder really need a couple of other pieces they don't have the salary space for.
@f5alcon I apologize. I was given incorrect info. Next season has to be the year they amnesty him, right? I mean surely they can't keep his payroll on the books next year.
@BallSoHard @BeautyandThabeet I don't think there's a chance in the world those teams could compete with the Thunder when they play small. Just take a look at the numbers, the Thunder are much better going small. Can you imagine Marc Gasol defending Ibaka in the post? What about Duncan defending Durant?
@BeautyandThabeet The Thunder don't have to trade him. They can amnesty him today and his huge salary is instantly off the books clearing a lot of cap space. If you think there's a single team out there that would trade for him and his ridiculous salary, you're mistaken. He's dead weight at this point IMO. Time to go small ball and get a couple of shooters.
@Royce Young The problem is that if you made a personnel decision involving only X's and O's, there are several teams that Perkins should not see the floor against. The Heat and the Clippers both come to mind. Instead, Brooks plays him similar minutes regardless of the matchup. It's the reason OKC constantly gets into a hole against the Heat. He simply cannot be on the floor against them because he isn't effective on either end of the floor.
@Royce Young Just so we're clear, you think leaving Perkins in to defend Bosh is a good idea? It was a nightmare last night. Bosh is a terrible matchup for Perkins.
@TempBoy Brandon No Reggie, replace him with another player who can shoot. I'm convinced the Thunder could put any capable shooter on the floor and be much better off. I'm so envious of even Norris Cole because he simply gets wide open looks all game long and he knocks them down consistently. Russ is big enough to defend any SG in the league, so the other guy could easily defend the opposing PG. I really hope the Thunder give Lamb a chance in the second half. The team is desperately missing a shooter.
You're off the mark about Perkins. Him being in the game is the sole reason that Ibaka is defending Battier on the wing and not able to protect the rim. Perkins on Bosh is a complete mismatch because he's so much quicker. That's why he was constantly going around him and tipping out rebounds. In any game that Perkins is not needed for defense, he doesn't need to play. Period. He's such a liability on offense that he hinders the Thunder on that side too. The Thunder needs to play Ibaka or Collison against the Heat and never both at the same time with Durant at the 4. They need to get another shooter to space the floor, because they constantly trap and double both Durant and Westbrook because they know there are three offensively inept players playing alongside them. Ibaka continues to shrink in big moments.
@ThunderStruck2412 You can't get rid of the sixth man of the year and top 20 player in the league and say that the Thunder have a better bench. It's just not true. The difference between championship caliber teams and playoff contenders is huge in the NBA. Six teams have the last 15 championships in the NBA. The Thunder were a championship team, not they're not. It sucks.
1 year, 8 months ago on Five leftover questions from the Harden saga
@ou_sas @MissYouCole The bottom line is that when you have a legitimate chance to win titles in the NBA, you take it because it doesn't come along very often and there's no such thing as fluke titles in the NBA. Six teams have won a title in the last 15 years. The Thunder just made it a lot more difficult to win one because they chose to get rid of a budding superstar at least one year too early. Really quite a shame that ownership's pockets got in the way of a championship caliber dynasty.
@MissYouCole That's just inaccurate. If you are making $30-35 million per season, adding the contracts of Russ, Harden and the tax is still not going to cost you that much. None of this is to even mention the $200 million increase in the value of the franchise. Don't feel bad for Bennett, this is a profitable machine.
@MissYouCole I guess you missed the point about them making substantial profits over the last four years. $100 million in profits doesn't really say that you are not going to exist as a team.
@FreeFezzyFel/BIG3little2 They are taking a big risk. The real shame is that they won't be amnestying the weakest link on the team (Perkins). If they really want to get serious about making changes then Brooks needs to be shown the door. He was awful in the Finals last season and is way too slow to make changes. Time to bring in a big-boy coach.
Simmons' latest article is spot on. It's not that the Thunder was worrying about losing money, it's the fact that were not going to continue to make money. Roughly $100 million in profit for the last four seasons. OKC is trying to sell this as a small market mom and pop team when the reality is they have been making a lot of money, not to mention the increase in value of the franchise in the last four years. The fans are the real losers in all of this. Thunder chose money over winning, really a shame.
Please start Harden tonight! Something needs to change, getting Harden into some type of flow early would be huge IMO.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thursday Bolts – 6.21.12
The one positive. OKC should be able to sign Harden and Ibaka long term. Those two have had an awful series. If they have even an above average series, the Thunder are at least tied now and probably up 3-1.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder back themselves to elimination in Game 4, 104-98
@cdub00 @FF_pickups I was being VERY sarcastic. I obviously think KD is the better player.
2 years, 1 month ago on Wednesday Bolts - 6.6.12
@FF_pickups You just don't get it. He's 6'8" 265 Lbs. and he guard every position on the floor! He MUST be the MVP!
Harden needs to play 40+ minutes. He's been the 2nd best player in this series for the Thunder. He needs to start seeing the kind of minutes that reflect that.
2 years, 1 month ago on Notes from shootaround: KD's really ready to go
@neo12 Agree completely. It's an absolute joke that Harden never gets 40+ minutes. He's been the second best player for the Thunder in this series and he's getting 33-35 minutes per game. Really wish he would start instead of Perkins.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thursday Bolts - 5.31.12
@FF_pickups Couldn't have said it better myself. The Thunder are the more talented team. Brooks is afraid to do what is necessary.
2 years, 1 month ago on 3-on-3: Coached up
Two miserable games in and Brooks has yet to do anything unconventional. Him keeping Perkins in the game tonight is what lost it for the Thunder. Never seen a starter play so poorly. I was actually hoping he would foul out just to get out of the game. Wish we would see Ivey on Parker, KD at the 5, or something unconventional to give the Spurs a different look. As it is, OKC will play small and Pop will have the Spurs ready for it. Brooks is always a step behind. Hopefully next year will be no Perkins (only useful against LAL who will be trading one of their bigs) and Brooks, who clearly is not the type of coaching mind to win a championship.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111
@FF_pickups @ThunderBelize @BRY BRY OKC probably has a two year window if they are not able to sign Harden AND Ibaka to be the most talented team in the West. If they can't get some wins in this series, they seriously need to consider bringing in a veteran coach who is willing to make the moves necessary for them to win it all. Brooks looked really bad in Game One and his loyalty to Perkins really cost the Thunder IMO. Hopefully he makes some adjustments in Game Two. His stubborn lineups will not work in this series. He needs to do something unconvential. As it is, Pop is prepared for Brooks' lineups and knows how to exploit it. I wouldn't mind putting Durant at the 5 and forcing Duncan to guard him.
2 years, 1 month ago on Tuesday Bolts - 5.29.12
@qrex Just thrilled not to see Joey Crawford. The fact he still has a job is proof enough that David Stern doesn't care much about the credibility of the officiating.
@ThunderBelize @qrex Once again, playing Perkins big minutes in this series is a huge mistake. The Thunder has a ton of flexibility in their lineups in this series, Perkins just doesn't give them an advantage in any way, shape or form. Ibaka and Collison should be getting a ton of minutes at the 5. I would much rather Nazr play than Perkins because he brings a lot more offensively. This isn't a dig at Perkins, he just doesn't matchup well with them, unlike the LA series in which he is perfect for Bynum.
Perkins doesn't need to be playing much in this series. It's obvious that he doesn't match up well with San Antonio and that Popovich is going to expose him. 2 rebounds in 25 minutes? That kind of production from your starting center is not going to win any games. Ibaka has his weaknesses, but at least you know he can rebound, block shots and hit the occasional jumpshot. Perkins just doesn't give this team a chance in the PNR game against a good coach. I'm afraid that Fisher's shooting will be fool's gold for the Thunder. Would much rather Thabo be in there.
Would love to see Harden, Westbrook and Durant make the final 12 roster. Although, I'm pretty sure the price tag on James Harden would go through the roof at that point.
2 years, 2 months ago on James Harden added to Team USA's preliminary roster
Winning tonight will be tough as I'm sure the Mavs will be getting a lot of calls being on their homecourt plus their coach complaining constantly about the officiating. Durant is due for a big game, if he gets it going and Westbrook is able to continue what he's doing, Thunder win.
2 years, 2 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.3.12
@Fuzzy Logic The cliche is certainly getting old. Get tired of hearing, "you know Durant won't have two bad games in a row." That being said, he is hands down the most consistent scorer in the league. 26 points on 17 shots is still impressive when you consider Wade just scored 25 points on 18 shots and Lebron had 19 points on 18 shots. He also passed the ball very well in Game One and rebounded well in Game Two so he's contributing in other regards as well.
2 years, 2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 5.1.12
@JimboSlice @jamonit Marion is quite a bit better of an athlete than those other guys IMO. MWP and Allen are just incredibly strong while Battier is fundamentally sound but not near the athlete to keep up with KD. The problem I see is that they keep having mismatches on Durant that they aren't taking advantage of. Several times last night he had Kidd or Terry on him and they didn't get him the ball.
@Keith00 @jojotheindiancircusboy @f5alcon @diddoff Pretty amazing that the Bulls will end up with the best record in the NBA without their best player for most of the season and no other award winners on their team. Parker will be getting some MVP love, but Chicago has no one who played most of the season getting any consideration for the awards. Pop may be the best coach, but he still has quite a bit better talent at his disposal than Chicago IMO.
Since MJ went to college, him and Durant both won three straight title in years 3-5 in the league. Very impressive company for KD.
2 years, 2 months ago on Kevin Durant wins his third straight scoring title
The real question is whether or not the Thunder will be playing to win tonight against Denver. This team hasn't beaten a playoff team in the their last six attempts. Now is not the time to coast IMO. Now's the time to make a statement and build some confidence going into the playoffs. The Thunder can't feel good about last night's game considering the way the Kings scored at will while the starters were in the game. Tonight should be about three things: 1) Westbrooks getting his mojo back (when was his last good game against a quality opponent?) 2) D. Cook getting back into the rotation with a lot of minutes 3) KD's scoring title
2 years, 2 months ago on 3-on-3: Elbow issues
@Steve H Dallas controls their own destiny in a weird way. They can lose and play the Thunder or they can win and get the Lakers. It really depends on which matchup they like better. My guess is that they would rather play the Thunder. Have a better track record against them.
2 years, 3 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 4.24.12
By the way Durant made a comment when he came into the league that he would like to win 10+ scoring titles, so it matters to him a little more than he leads on, even if his stance on it has changed from being in the lead. It would be unfair to Durant to only give him 20 minutes against SAC IMO. If you're only going to play him 20 minutes, just let him sit out the game.
2 years, 3 months ago on Why the scoring title matters
I'd rather rest him against the Kings and let him play a full game against the Nuggets if they are trying to matchup with Denver in the first round. The game against the Kings means nothing. The game against the Thunder may likely decide who they play in the first round.
Hopefully Presti can convince him to take a few months off to straighten all of this out.
2 years, 3 months ago on Report: Billy Hunter calls for Derek Fisher's resignation
The crunch time stat for James Harden is very alarming. If Russ doesn't have it going, I really hope Brooks will stick with Harden at the PG. He gets others involved much better than Russ. I really hope the playoff seeding ends up the way it is now. The #1 seed would be nice, but facing Den/Hou/PHX and then LA/DAL in the next round is much more appealing IMO. Hopefully the Spurs lose in round 2 to avoid them although Memphis would be an equally tough matchup. Hopefully the Thunder will have homecourt over the Heat as that would probably be their Finals matchup if they can make it.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 4.19.12
@dollarbillrussell @shiki @FF_pickups His turnovers would be through the roof if his usage rate was higher. There's no doubt he's the most efficient player on the team. He needs the ball more.
2 years, 3 months ago on Harden explodes for 40 points as Thunder beat Suns 109-97
@Brady O-Bannon More minutes = more shots. It's no coincidence that Harden tied his career high for shot attempts on a night where Westbrook played only 31 minutes and took only 16 shots. I agree that he needs to be getting more shots, but that needs to come from Brooks. Westbrook and Durant (to some extent) need to realize that Harden is the best playmaker they have as far as getting others involved. Westbrook really needs to work in the offseason on playing off the ball IMO. Plus, a Westbrook/Maynor backcourt would be scary for stretches of the game.
Derek Fisher is playing awful basketball, there's a good reason the Lakers traded him. Harden really needs more than 31 minutes per game. I've never complained about him starting, but he's always needed starter's minutes. KD averages 38.5 minutes per game with Westbrook getting around 35 and Harden 31. Harden needs more like 35-37 minutes IMO. He's the most efficient scorer on the team and one of the tops in the league.
The Fisher signing is really going to end up costing this team. He shouldn't be getting near the amount of minutes as he is. The worst thing IMO is seeing James Harden check in with 3+ minutes on the clock in the first and third quarters. He needs to be playing more often. He doesn't need to start, but he needs more minutes than he is getting.
2 years, 3 months ago on 3-on-3: Panic at the Peake?
Last night looked eerily familiar to last season's Western Conference Playoffs. What exactly was the offensive strategy the last five minutes of the game? It's amazing how poor the ball moves and that Brooks doesn't do anything different. I really hoped he had learned a lesson from last season's playoffs? What happened to getting Durant the ball at the top of the key like the first of the season?
2 years, 3 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 4.12.12
What exactly was the offensive strategy in the last five minutes? After this game, I just don't understand how anyone can say anything has changed from last year's playoffs. Looks like the same offensive that killed them last season. Also, will they ever call a foul on Griffin for pushing off with his off hand?
2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder give one away at home to the Clippers, 100-98
@Jameswade99 @ThunderChick2010 The only way the Thunder are able to keep Ibaka and Harden is if Perkins gets the amnesty. It sucks, but that's the only way it will work IMO. Ibaka and Harden would be highly sought after FA's.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder get right again with 91-75 over the Raptors
@dancassidy35 Thabo needs less mintues and Harden needs more. Not sure why it takes so long for Harden to check into the game. He's starting playing alongside Durant and Westbrook much better so I would be all for him checking in at the 7:00 mark instead of the 4:00 mark. Doesn't make any sense for him to play the rest of the game without a break. Seems to wear down IMO.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 4.5.12
@tygablood Pretty sure Durant will be up to the challenge as well. He won't just rollover and allow Lebron to outplay him. I'm sure he knows what this game means for his MVP chances.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder at Heat: Pregame Primer
@ThunderChick2010 I agree. Is there any doubt that the Thunder would be the heavy favorites with a healthy Maynor. The second unit was by far the best last season. The one blessing in disguise this season is that Harden has developed his PNR game a lot more by handling the ball with the second unit and now the first unit. Maynor is a great catch and shoot guy so it will only help next season.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 3.29.12
@tydude It's not as if there were no injury concerns with Oden coming out of college. He missed half of his freshman season because of a wrist injury.
After I was told that I was guaranteed season tickets for next year with a $200 deposit, I was just told by my rep that I was just on the waiting list and it didn't look good for next. Does anyone else understand how this works? Very frustrating that I was lied to.
It's just amazing the improvement that the Thunder's top three players have made this year. Each one has made a significant increase in efficiency. KD is at 50%, Harden 50% and Westbrook 47.5%. Simply mind bottling.
2 years, 3 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 3.28.12
Harden has been integrated with them much better the past month or so. I'm not sure what the stats say, but it's pretty obvious. Once they all three merge they will easily be title favorites IMO.
2 years, 3 months ago on Clutch squared: Westbrook and Durant are figuring it out
@persiansooner13 Not everyone has set rotations like the Thunder. Some teams change their lineup around depending on the game and personnel of the other team. It's pretty much set in stone when KD, Westbrook and Harden are going to play each and every game.
2 years, 3 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 3.27.12
@C_Dub It's so funny the love that Jackson gets from opposing commentators/analysts. As someone who has watched all the games, there's really nothing to praise him about. He's simply not ready. Certainly no need to give up on him, but he just doesn't bring much to the table right now. With Harden bringing the ball up and using the pick and roll, there was a much bigger need for a knock down shooter instead of a PG. Fisher is someone who can shoot a high percentage from three and also help the team move the ball. Two things that Jackson does not do well. There's no doubt that Jackson is the better defender though, but that's it.
2 years, 4 months ago on Friday Bolts - 3.23.12
I would rather have Harden be the PG when Russ is out of the game and have someone on the other side who can hit a three-pointer when Harden finds them and play good defense on the other side. I think we've seen enough of Jackson to know that he can't reliably hit an open 3 very often. I would rather Ivey get those minutes rather than Jackson or Fisher, but I would rather Fisher get them than Jackson.
2 years, 4 months ago on Should the Thunder sign Derek Fisher?
@Jimmy Harden @andrew35 @dancassidy35 The other thing people don't seem to understand with Ibaka's rebounding is that he plays with the best rebounding PG in the league and a top 3 rebounder at SF. There's only so many rebounds to be had between Westbrook, KD, Ibaka and Perk.
2 years, 4 months ago on Friday Bolts - 3.9.12
@k27 Agree, although it's not exclusively a team thing - it's a cultural thing to be honest. Either way, I prefer the nerd look to the alternative, sagging pants, corn rows, etc. Just a personal preference, I've got a pair of black-rimmed glasses myself.
2 years, 4 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 3.7.12
I think KD has sat in at least seven 4th quarters this season. I'm not sure where to find that statistic, that's just what I remember seeing. Either way, their mintues played is very similar so it's not lIke Lebron is playing a lot fewer minutes than KD. There's no doubt that Wade being out increased Lebron's numbers. Do you really think KD wouldn't have better numbers if Westbrook wasn't on the court? A lot of the games he's taking more shots than KD (not that there's anything wrong with that). With the efficiency KD is playing with this season, 32-35 ppg would not be out of the question if he were getting a lot more looks. If he were taking the same shots Kobe was he'd be at 32-35 while still shooting near 50% from the floor.
2 years, 4 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 2.28.12
@mjokc88 Lee had 25-11-10 last game. Pretty sure he is a terrible matchup for Perkins.
2 years, 5 months ago on Warriors vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
Is there any doubt KD scores 40 against Golden St. at home?
@Jooseppi@T-Fred Makes sense. I would expect to see quite a bit of KD at the 4 tonight also with Collison and Ibaka at the 5. It's probably our best lineup against them anyways.
2 years, 5 months ago on Friday Bolts - 2.17.12
@HookemKD Ha. I think a lot of KD's defense has been a lack of strength. He seems to have really improved a lot this year actually. Thankfully, Rick didn't teach him any offense either. It could have ruined him forever.
Not sure, but with Thabo out of the lineup, I love Ivey's ability to lock down the other team's best perimiter player.
I would love to see Ivey against Ellis for a little while in this game. His defense is fantastic.
@Grooms512 I think the team needs one of two things. A facilitator or a shooter that could play alongside Harden instead of Jackson. I think Ridnour or Sessions are the best options, not sure what it would take to get them though. The Thunder are simply getting zero out of Jackson for the 10-12 minutes he is on the floor. He's just not ready yet. This team is sorely missing a Maynor-type of player. In fact, Maynor should get a lot more minutes in my eyes next year, because he would be deadly alongside Westbrook in the same lineup. We only saw that once last year, the last game of the season against Dallas. I'm fine with Russ not being a pass first PG, but the offense needs some sort of direction.
2 years, 5 months ago on OKC bites it against the Kings, 106-101
@OkcBaby Guys like Marbury and Iverson never get their "head straight." Their heads have been crooked since birth.
@OkcBaby Talk about horrible fits.
@f5alcon Would we have to pay the tax if we acquire someone on the last year of their deal. I'm talking anyone serviceable. Sessions would be great, but I would settle for Ridnour too.
@Lost Ones I'm not sure if every fan base feels this way, but it seems like Brooks is always a possession too late calling a timeout. I usually end up screaming at the TV for him to call a timeout and he promptly lets the other team come down and hit another shot before doing so. Very frustrating.
@Grooms512 I agree BUT the Western Conference is wide open this year. I really think this is the year to win it. I certainly wouldn't do anything to jeopardize the future, but I don't think acquiring Sessions or Ridnour would do that. By next year (and maybe even this year), it's very likely that Dwight Howard and Deron Williams will be somewhere in the West which will completely alter the conference IMO. I just think the time is now to make a push towards winning it all. I really hope that OKC's position at the top for the next several years will help lure a veteran free agent to come in and give a helping hand.
Ya I think Hinrich is too expensive and I really think Maynor is a better option than Kirk next season if he's healthy. Kirk would be a great fit talent wise though if he's healthy too.
@anonymous12345 I agree. I don't see any improvement or anything that makes me think he's the answer at backup PG for the remainder of the season. The best case replacement would be someone who's deal expires after this season. Either a good distributor or knock down shooter.
@OkcBaby I actually think Ivey would be an improvement. At least he plays great defense. Jackson just seems to be the elephant in the room that no one is talking about. I haven't seen a glimmer of hope that he should be getting any playoff minutes at this point. If that's the case, make a move.
@Lost Ones I understand that to a point and it's why I always argue that Westbrook has to take more shots than your average PG, but three assists is really bad. As good as Westbrook has been at times this year, he really needs to improve his assist numbers, especially with Maynor out. I really think this team needs to trade for a backup PG. Ramon Sessions? Or at least get another knock down shooter if they plan on Harden bringing the ball up the court so much. I just really don't understand their plan with Jackson. He's a decent defender, but not a great distributor, shooter or playmaker. He's the anti-Maynor.
What is the plan with Reggie Jackson? It's becoming painfully obvious that he shouldn't have a role with this team this year. When he's in the game, he doesn't even bring the ball up the court a majority of the time. Also, Westbrook has to do better than 3 assists. Will they please bring in a 2nd PG and allow Russ to play off the ball from time to time. Also, Harden needs to be the facilitator at the end of games. This game was very reminiscent of last year's playoffs.
If/when Harden gets snubbed, he may start to think long and hard about coming off the bench. He'll never get the respect he deserves coming off the bench. I certainly think that could end up being a point of emphasis in his long term contract negotiations. Hope I am wrong.
2 years, 5 months ago on James Harden is right — he shoud be an All-Star
@f5alcon Thanks, I saw the e-mail but there was no attachment with it.
2 years, 5 months ago on So maybe we should re-think that whole ‘start Harden’ thing
@f5alcon Email sent. Much thanks.
@f5alcon What's your info? I live two hours away and have been dying to go to a game this year but haven't been able to find a price I like. Thanks.
The key seems to be Harden playing alongside Collison. There's no doubt that Harden is the best distributor on the team. I personally think the issue needs to be dealt with and Harden needs to learn to play with the starting five because it's going to be needed down the stretch of games and into the playoffs this year. There's no excuse for the offensive execution to be so poor at the end of games. Last night was another great example. The Thunder had no answer to the zone, just happened to make some low percentage shots. I'm not sure what happened to getting Durant the ball at the top of the key and letting him work. That seemed to work at the beginning of the year.
Do we really think Harden will be coming off the bench as the third highest paid player on the team? I'm not overly concerned with him starting, but the key is for him to learn to play alongside KD and Russ. Too many times last year in the playoffs there was no chemistry at the end of games. Harden is too good to disappear when he's in there with KD and Russ. He's the best creator on the team and needs the ball in his hands during cruchtime IMO.
2 years, 5 months ago on Thabo out tonight which has Brooks considering a new rotation
Why does everyone pretend that Harden won't be playing with the starting five eventually? He needs to learn to play with KD and Russ since it will be that way to close out games and in the playoffs. It's more important for him to learn to play with them than keep him coming off the bench. Not sure why the offense doesn't run through Harden when he's on the floor with them.
Why does Brooks not run the offense through Harden more often with KD and Russ in the game. These three need to have cohesion going down the stretch of the season and into the playoffs. Royce seems to think Harden should go back to the bench, while I think he needs to start in order to get used to playing alongside KD and Russ.
2 years, 5 months ago on A whole lot happened in OKC’s 112-100 loss to the Clippers
Been calling for this for two years. This is very similar to what Dallas does for Dirk. Put him at the top of the key so they can't double him. Let him create on his own. When he begins to improve on those Dirk-like fadeaways his game will go to a whole new level.
2 years, 6 months ago on Film Study: The Thunder’s new crunchtime set