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Love me some Bill Simmons...he picked Harden as an AS reserve
2 years, 8 months ago on Thunder at Jazz: Pregame Primer
@RRRWHOAAAA 2 days in a row now!
I agree with you, a lot of years it seems as much a popularity contest as the starters voted in by the fans. I wish I coach would think, "Who would help my team win more, player X or player Y" and choose that guy.
2 years, 8 months ago on James Harden is right — he shoud be an All-Star
commented this on another topic...
I'll admit Ellis has a good argument based on the traditional stats (points, assists, steals).
Consider that Harden gets 7 less mpg and has a much lower usage rate than Monta. I guess I like The Beard's efficiency (47-36-87) over Monta's (43-27-80).
Throw in Harden's ability to cover 2's much better (largely a result of his 2-guard, not point guard) size and James has a case. Granted, it's not Ellis' fault he has to share a backcourt with Curry, it does impact Golden State's bottom line, winning.
I'll admit Ellis has a good argument based on the traditional stats.
2 years, 8 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 2.9.12
@f5alcon@Thunderup_13 He's the second best shooting guard in the West after Kobe. Only way he doesn't make it is if four reserve point guards are chosen, which could happen
@Remify 3 in the top 8 and 4 in the top 20...and still the future is now
2 years, 8 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 2.8.12
@Remify Thank you kind sir. I'm signing up for insider today, seems like everything I want to read is classified nowadays.
Earlier on PTI Wilbon said the Thunder were the best team in the league. People, we got the respect of an ESPN analyst, which is one more than we had before today.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Thunder survive a wild one against the Warriors, 119-116
If the Warriors couldn't win that game against us, what chance do they have? How bad do you think they feel knowing they had nearly their absolute best and still couldn't win?
2 years, 8 months ago on Thunder at Warriors: Pregame Primer
@f5alcon At least one that I know of!
@shiki In Vegas 7-7-7 is winner winner, chicken dinner
@RRRWHOAAAA Don't miss Thursday's game at Sac-Town Rod
This team always believe it is going to win when it comes down to the final minutes of a close game. Our guys tighten up on D and are fearless letting it fly under pressure.
I think it came down to this: Durant + Westbrook + Harden > Curry + Ellis + Lee
Also... KD + Russ + The Beard > Miami Three Amigos? We'll find out March 25th, can't wait for that matchup in Loud City!
Westbrook's block of Batum at the end of regulation was such an athletic feat. Still in awe. I love RW0, not ashamed to admit it!
2 years, 8 months ago on Controversial call tarnishes an otherwise fantastic win for OKC over Portland
NBA does a much better job than "The Worldwide Leader"...if Lebron or Griffin had a breakaway dunk it would be #1 on top 10. Westbrook's block might crack the top 10...maybe
@f5alcon Of all the talking heads that have said anything, Durant's is by the far the best I've heard. No one else's matters on the subject. Clippers #32 threw the ball in the basket after pushing off with his left arm. Who cares? I'd much rather have the best record in the league than a series of highlights.
2 years, 8 months ago on Friday Bolts - 2.3.12
@f5alcon I agree.
What do you (and everyone else) think of this list?
The reserves chosen by TNT's crew last night were all over the map. I think PBT does a good job with a few caveats:
1. In the east, put Deng over Jrue, even though the injury has hurt his stock I like his all-around game.
2. In the west, I would take Lawson over Gallinari, he appears to be the leader of the team and directs traffic for their up-tempo attack.
Thanks, didn't think it was that recent. Makes my point off the mark, but it seems RW0 is a much better #2 than anything Orlando #12 and Miami #6 had next to them.
(I don't want to acknowledge players who hold their teams hostage while knowing all along they want out).
doot doot do do
They have a Manning Watch now. I'm a big-time Colts fan and hate it. I can't imagine why Tebow or Heat fans like having their favorite player/team scrutinized to such a high level.
When was the last time the team with the best record by the break didn't have at least two selections? Even the most recent champion without a superstar (Pistons of the early 2000's) had three or four guys picked.
Westbrook will be an All-Star, rest assured.
Watching last night's game I couldn't help but notice that all four of our Big Four had a solid game. When Westbrook has a small defender on him, you can just see it in his eyes that he is going into attack mode. Roddy had no chance tonight. Without Chandler there to man the middle for the Mavs, there's no one there to provide help when RW0 inevitably gets in the pain. Russ had an outside shot at 40 if he had a couple more of his easy looks fall. Great win!
2 years, 8 months ago on Thunder survives cold-shooting Mavericks 95-86 in Dallas
I agree with KP that Rose doesn't get criticized for being the leading scorer on his team from the point guard position. Westbrook's best attribute is his ability to break down a defense and get to the hoop. No reason he should stop doing what he's best at for the sake of argument.
Playing devil's advocate, I would say that the situations aren't entirely comparable as Rose doesn't have a Durant-caliber scorer on his team. That's where the questioning comes about whether he should defer more to the 2-time scoring champion.
Personally, I am a big Westbrook fan and believe he will continue to grow into his role as the Pippen to Durantula's Jordan (no, not comparing KD to MJ yet, just the relationship of two All-NBA players on the same roster).
This is not a situation like L.A. with Kobe and Shaq wherein each player wanted to be "The Man" and the two really wasn't big enough for both of their egos.
All-in-all, OKC fans should relish in the fact we have this young, dynamic duo locked up for the foreseeable future. Let's enjoy it!
2 years, 8 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.31.12
Let's get that W tonight!
Predictions for the Big 3:
Westbrook - 22/5/6
Durant - 31/7/3
Harden - 14/3/4
2 years, 9 months ago on Thunder at Warriors: Pregame Primer
2 years, 9 months ago on The Thunder and ‘Royal Jelly’
Why all the comments/discussion about K-Love and 'Sota? It's all about the Thunder!
2 years, 9 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 1.25.12
I don't seem to understand the Kendrick Perkins bashing. In my opinion, Perk provides OKC with good intangibles, including championship-or-bust attitude and the mentality to defend the rim at all costs.
Perkins' ability to defend big men one-on-one free up Ibaka to play strong help defense. In this sense, Perk is like a good nose tackle in football: he allows others around him to make plays without receiving the glory of a highlight or praise.
Odds are against him averaging double digit points or rebounds for this team, but that's not his role.
2 years, 9 months ago on DT Mailbag: Thunder killers
The only court that matters is home court, as in the advantage OKC will have throughout the playoffs.
2 years, 9 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 1.24.12
Like the Soup Nazi would say...Next!
2 years, 9 months ago on Thunder knock out the Pistons early, roll to 99-79 win
I respectfully disagree with Sam Gardner's assessment that Kevin Durant "has seen his numbers dip slightly" and has experienced "decreased productivity."
In fact, Durant to this point is having career years in FG% as well as assists and blocks per game. He's shooting better from the field, become a better passer and protecting the rim more frequently.
His scoring may be down, but his game definitely is not.
2 years, 9 months ago on Monday Bolts - 1.23.12