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@Thunder_Blue @El Prez Houston lost Parsons, Lin and Asik as rotational players. But they did add Ariza who is an effective three point shooter and a much needed intangible guy. More will be needed from Garcia. Not sure if Jason Terry has anything left. Houston needs to make another move to solidify its bench depth. I don't see them reacquiring Jeremy Lamb to fill this void. They need another player. That's why teams have GMs. From a defensive standpoint, the presence of Ariza, Beverly and Howard should help mask James Harden's horrific defensive play. Bench needs another scorer.

13 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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TC...this is my list.  dr. el prez. thanx

1 Spurs

2   Clippers

3   Thunder

4   Rockets

5   Grizzlies

6   Warriors

7   Trail Blazers

8   Mavericks

9   Suns

10 Pelicans

11 Nuggets

12 Lakers

13 Jazz

14 Kings

15 Timberwolves

42 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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ROYALS! Madison can't pitch every game.

1 hour, 25 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @El Prez @Spurmania Are you talking about MOV?

1 hour, 45 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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@ThunderChick2010 @El Prez @King of Carrot Flowers the third This is very simple. The second best player in the world is going to miss their first twenty games. If they go .500 we should take it. 8-12 wouldn't shock me.

1 hour, 47 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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@Spurmania One rebound away from playing for a Threepeat. Think about that.

1 hour, 50 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Spurmania They have a HOFer in Duncan. The best coach. Parker. Ginobli. Green. Leonard. Splitter. Their coach insists on ball movement. Their coach doesn't run his stars into the ground in regular season games. Their coach holds every player on the roster to pull his link on the chain. His players respond to this in turn. Kind of like Bochy with the Giants.

1 hour, 51 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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@Spurmania TSN model has them No. 1 again. Best coach in the business.

1 hour, 56 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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TSN model pretty much has its WC list in place. But I'm going to sleep on it one more night. The Lakers have fucked me two seasons in a row.. Just want to make sure the Lakers don't do it to the model again.

1 hour, 58 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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@ThunderChick2010 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Thunder_Blue TSN model has Suns at No. 10. They came out of nowhere last season. Teams will take them more seriously this season.

2 hours, 3 minutes ago on Lessons from preseason

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@GlendaGonzales @Fastbreak Mainly from mr seemittens, prolly a lost ogle refugee, but he hates me as well. Join the club. When you did the Bill Safire stuff you had me as a fan for life.

12 hours, 1 minute ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@GlendaGonzales @El Prez We're newsoksports Facebook refugees on here. Like Haitians sprawled on rafts drifted ashore on a sandy beach in Cuba.

12 hours, 11 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@GlendaGonzales @El Prez They know who their audience is...primarily, I would guess younger males. Kind of like this blog. I would guestimate a good chunk of the traffic on this site comes from males under thirty or so. I didn't become a father until I was thirty. That's when I kind of 'grew up.'

12 hours, 17 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@GlendaGonzales @El Prez I like Herbie for college football. He's solid.

12 hours, 23 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@GlendaGonzales The 30/30 movies are excellent. Did you watch When the Garden Was Eden last night? Hope Brooks watched it so as he can learn an offensive system with ball movement. Jerry Lucas was a hoot. Loved the way Lucas got under Jerry West's skin. Loved the part where Cazzie Russell called Willis Reed an Uncle Tom, yet Willis handled it with a deft touch instead of just beating him to death.  Great movie. Dean 'The Dream' Meminger, wonder how many of the metric kids remember him? That is the part of Simmons I tolerate...his passion for the history, stars and legacy of the NBA. If you get a chance, read his book. Can't wait for the second volume.

12 hours, 27 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@d21 The Kings are so stupid they don't even understand self preservation. This is about preservation for the rest of the league from New York and LA in my mind and somewhat neutralizing their bank vaults.

12 hours, 49 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@_justin @L0rv @El Prez No. OKC doesn't move the ball consistently enough. Durant is an offensive mismatch in the Thunder's favor every possession regardless of the sparse ball movement at times. This is the OKC offensive system with Westbrook having his moments. Reggie Jackson will be the key during Durant's absence. Can Reggie really run with the Big Dogs night in and night out without Durant?

On the Portland comparison...LMA and Lillard are far more dependable No. 1 and No 2 options than Russell and Reggie. Plus, I would give them the nod at center with Lopez.

TSN projection teaser...Portland at No. 7.

12 hours, 51 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@L0rv @El Prez Once they get Durant back in form, they'll be the second best team in the West behind the Spurs. The question in my mind is how big of a cushion the Clippers and perhaps either the Rockets, Warriors or Grizzlies will garner on the Thunder during Durant's absence. Memphis always intrigues me. They had to deal with Gasol's down time last season, finished as the hottest team in the West coming out of the break, yet could finish no better than the No. 7 seed.

13 hours, 2 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@_justin @El Prez Let me be clear, without Durant I see OKC as a team like maybe the Phoenix Suns. On the bubble for making the playoffs in the brutal Western Conference.

13 hours, 7 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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Thunder's first six games...@ Portland, @ Clippers, Denver, @ Brooklyn, @ Toronto, and Memphis. Not an easy start for a team in temporary remake mode. I'm glad I still haven't submitted my Western Conference projections. Hard to get a feel how many seeding spots OKC will drop due to KD's injury. I'm hoping there is no prolonged down time for KD beyond early December, but  if  it goes ten or fifteen games longer than the initial projection not sure how far the Thunder will drop. The West is not the East. Every game is a dogfight. The WC Contest will be interesting since so many on here see everything through Thunder Blue lenses. I think a prudent move might be to hedge the Thunder at  No. 4, maybe No. 3.

13 hours, 14 minutes ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14

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@Tvaddic Not much of a game. Two  run first inning homer by Hunter Pence. Then seven standard post season innings by Madison Bumgarner on the road. 7-1 Giants. Ten of the last eleven teams to win Game 1 have gone on to win the World Series. You have to figure if it goes seven ...the Big Boy will be there on the mound for Game 7.

1 day ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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When I was young stud in my twenties....had hair like Michael Morris and Madison Baumgardner. Just saying.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@_justin @El Prez @Thunder247 Agree on Lamb. Not sure on Morrow. Depends how Roberson plays. I have no faith in Perry Jones for game to game to game consistency.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@_justin @Thunder247 If you start Reggie are you going to overlap him to be pg with the bench unit? How many minutes do you have Reggie playing ... 42-44 per game?

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@ThunderChick2010 @El Prez @Thunder_Blue This is life. Shit happens. I may have to start giving the Al Pochino pep talks here and there again. Russell is getting ready to learn some more about life. All these guys are. KD butters their toast.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@Thunder_Blue @El Prez Reigning NBA MVP. You guys better get prepared for these first twenty games---this is going to be tough.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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I don't listen to NBA preseason games...how are we doing? Losing and looking disjointed again?

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@_justin @El Prez Bochy is a great  baseball manager.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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Giants whupping the Royals. Tough, tough post competitors these San Francisco Giants. They rank very high on my TSN radar. Collectively, they make plays at the most meaningful times.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@d21 @_justin Agree with everything except for Perk starting every night. Some matchups will favor Perk starting, more will not. Why does this have to be etched in stone. Start either Perk or Adams depending on the matchup that particular game. I do agree with foul concerns for Adams and utilizing his offensive skills against other second units to the max, but what I'd really like to see is Scott Brooks be fluid on this and coach on the fly.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.21.14

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@_justin @El Prez Check below before you enter this conversational fray. DeMarco would be a runaway winner if the vote were today.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@_justin @El Prez No. I don't agree. The Vikings won with Joe Capp. The Steelers won with a then plodding Terry Bradshaw. The  Houston Texan defensive unit should be better if Watt is the game changer you claim. Joe Greene. Alan Page. The Bucs won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer as their QB. JJ Watt...show me something. My votes would go...1 DeMarco and Dallas O line, 2 Aaron Rodgers, 3 Peyton Manning. Yes, QBs do monopolize this award, and because they play the most important position on the field. 

1 day, 23 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@Jooseppi @_justin Offensive defensemen are often recognized as some of the greatest players on the ice. A Bobby Orr. A Nick Lidstrom. The kid from the Kings this past season. Ask TC's husband about Scott Stevens.

2 days ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@_justin He didn't  make one single play in the second half. An invisible half of football. Your argument is dizzy. So what if he is the best D lineman in the game? Do we give the MVP to a player just because he's the best linebacker? The best D back? Of course not. The MVP is a special award for special individual performance correlating with team excellence. The end.

2 days ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@Hustle Westbrook Morrow Faction @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @El Prez Tell the Dallas Cowboys that. Tell  Lynch and the Seahawks that. Tell the two NY Giant Super Bowl teams which could run the ball and beat the Pats twice. If you  can run the ball and have a top shelf QB in the modern NFL...you contend for championships. BTW...one of the reasons Rodgers and the Packers are trending is Lacy and Stark are giving them something in the run game again.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third Do you remember him as a rookie? He was so raw. But, yeah, I think he'd make it. He could run, make plays with his feet, tough as  nails, could throw the long ball and was a winner.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@Sustainable Parameters giddy up...THUNDER!

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @El Prez Bradshaw was awful at first as QB of those Steel Curtain teams, yet they won big trophies. Later, he got better and became a HOF QB.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @El Prez It's out of my control their GM has a QB from Harvard who looks like the Uni Bomber. Wasn't Joe Kapp the QB for the Vikings when Page won MVP? See my point.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @El Prez I didn't say that. A dominating defensive player on a championship contending team would get serious consideration from me. Page, Lambert, guys who make their defensive unit So Special They Contend in spite of an anemic offense. BTW...if the Thunder go south with Durant out we need to do more football chat on here to deflect attention from the Thunder.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@Di_charden Where was the MVP Watt?

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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JJ Watt should be content winning DPOTY. He plays on an average at best team which has shitty quarterback play. He may very well be the most dominant defensive player in the game currently. But as far as MVP..he's MVP of a noncontending team which is going nowhere, and that's just the way it is.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@cemitten @El Prez Maybe Jack Lambert from those Steel Curtain teams as well won an MVP. But those guys were on really good teams.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@cemitten @El Prez Didn't Alan Page from the Purple People Eaters win an MVP?

2 days, 2 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third I'd go for that. They're controlling ball games.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@cemitten If the vote were today I'd go in this order...1 DeMarco Murray, 2 Aaron Rodgers, 3 Peyton Manning.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14

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@bmuelle23 It's preseason. If this team can play around .500 till KD gets back we should be happy. Just don't fall off the radar screen till KD's return is my hope.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Eyebrows

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