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@seth_22 looks like just the paint is squishy

2 days, 1 hour ago on Tuesday Bolts – 11.25.14

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@SeinfeldOKC @AIaska my favoite texmex dish

2 days, 22 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 11.24.14

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its starting

2 days, 22 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 11.24.14

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reggie smash

4 days ago on Thunder vs Warriors: Pregame Primer

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@qrex @Air Bud himself

4 days, 3 hours ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Soon

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@UnleashMorrowFaction @King of Carrot Flowers the third i can't tell if this is referencing his nickname (Optimus Perine) or not, but liked anyway

4 days, 23 hours ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Soon

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@qrex dropped it on lopez's head

5 days, 22 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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@Reliable Reggie for 3(with no ulterior motives) nickname for female streaking

5 days, 23 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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@OohWeeItsVelvetHoop morrow is amazing. watched him shoot threes at halftime of the detroit game. only missed three and he probably shot 50ish

5 days, 23 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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why steve? just stand stil

5 days, 23 hours ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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@_justin @ThunderFanInMD made welker a HOF candidate

1 week ago on The Side Part: Super Sonic Purgatory

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@Fast Break signing with memphis confirmed

1 week ago on Four straight the wrong way: Nuggets beat OKC, 107-100

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@Mother Teresa @areayewhy keeping durant and westbrook out would be a form of tanking

1 week ago on Four straight the wrong way: Nuggets beat OKC, 107-100

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@Thunder_Blue @Divine Mortal @DaPoint one of the reasons ish should replace telfair. ish pushes tempo well

1 week ago on Thunder vs Nuggets: Pregame Primer

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@SeinfeldOKC [Kobe faction] first thing that came up on google

1 week, 1 day ago on Wednesday Bolts – 11.19.14

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@Thunder_Blue close. just needs Lance Thomas' face photoshopped on there

1 week, 1 day ago on Wednesday Bolts – 11.19.14

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Lance Thomas the tank engine.

1 week, 1 day ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@duhsweetness perfect for those nba name pun games

1 week, 1 day ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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Adams playing like shit

1 week, 1 day ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@AIaska sanders just got lit up

1 week, 4 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: This is not the end

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@KetelOne jose canseco is crazy and and an excellent twitter follow

1 week, 4 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: This is not the end

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@KetelOne @Perk has a lot of value an additional roster spot isn't created by sending him to the farm team

1 week, 5 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: This is not the end

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@Daft_Drunk As a guy where does the motivation to do this come from? is it just money or maybe someone powerful telling you to?

1 week, 5 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: This is not the end

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@slowneasy steve seems to be going through a sophomore slump. hopefully, he turns it around.

1 week, 5 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: This is not the end

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third the hospital bill would probably exceed 25k.

1 week, 6 days ago on Video: Russell Westbrook obliterates child in one-on-one

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Adams gets dinged up every game

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Thunder vs Kings: Pregame Primer

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @The Adams Family yup, one of his friends made 20k on a bet that fsu would be losing at halftime of the louisville game. that's the game where he played aweful 1st half then awesome in the second half.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Watch

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] you can have multiple personal fouls on the same play like a face masking penalty and a personal foul for taunting or something different

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Watch

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@bmuelle23 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] watched the injury live and I thought it was season ending. it looked really bad.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Watch

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no way

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Thunder vs Raptors: Pregame Primer

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fuck

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Thunder vs Raptors: Pregame Primer

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5 hole

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Thunder vs Raptors: Pregame Primer

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@kevindurant35 the basketball gods giveth, the basketball gods take away

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Thunder vs Nets: Pregame Primer

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Rubio's extension was more surprising. There's a chance Rubio might not have commanded a similar deal on the market next summer, so the Timberwolves are taking a real risk here. It's better to gamble on a rising young player than a veteran free agent, and we have seen seemingly rich extensions for point guards like Mike Conley and Jrue Holiday prove bargains. Minnesota has to hope Rubio follows the same path.

• The Los Angeles Clippers' slow start finally cost them Sunday afternoon, when the Sacramento Kings pulled out a 98-92 win at Staples Center. Previously, the Clippers needed to pull out close wins over the depleted Thunder at home and the Lakers in what was technically a "road" game at Staples Center. What makes the Clippers' difficulty putting away lesser foes so surprising is that it is precisely what they did so well a year ago. The Clippers' 32-7 record against below-.500 teams ranked tied for fourth in the league, and they won those games by an average of 10.9 points. Of course, the Clippers also lost to the Lakers and the Magic in the season's first five games, so it's too early to be particularly concerned.

• Late in Sunday's Charlotte Hornets-Knicks game, the Hornets were called for a crucial five-second inbounds violation, costing them a chance to tie or take the lead in the final minute. Previously, the Spurs were called for a five-second violation in Friday's loss to the Phoenix Suns. In both scenarios, the calls seemed quicker than usual -- which might or might not be longer than the official five seconds. "It felt more like three," Lance Stephenson told the Charlotte Observer. Perhaps the two calls were a coincidence, but it's worth watching whether the league has instructed referees to speed up their five-second counts.

• Daily link: Seth Partnow of Nylon Calculus uses SportVU shot data to examine why the corner 3 is easier. Backing up what Jordan Kahn found using Vantage Sports' tracking last season, Partnow shows the corner 3 is typically more open than 3s from the top of the key. That, not the shorter distance, might account for the corner 3's superiority.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Monday Bolts – 11.3.14

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Because it's so difficult to find similar cases, it's tough to draw any conclusions about how Oklahoma City will play without Durant and Westbrook. Surprisingly, the Thunder have won both games they've played without their two stars, having pulled out at a win at Boston last season. In the tiny sample of the past two games, Oklahoma City has offset the expected offensive decline with stout defense, allowing less than one point per possession. That offers some hope the Thunder might be better without Durant and Westbrook than feared, especially once Reggie Jackson returns to the lineup.

At worst, the notion that Oklahoma City should consider tanking the season -- whatever that might entail -- is woefully premature. My SCHOENE projection system pegs the Thunder as a 25-win team without their stars, probably a worst-case scenario. If we assume Oklahoma City plays at a 60-win clip when Durant and Westbrook return (about where the Thunder have been the past two seasons), that would translate to 52 wins if the stars are back on an optimistic four-week timetable. That would have put Oklahoma City sixth in the West last season.

The notion of the Thunder as a bottom seed in the playoffs is intriguing. While it obviously makes their path to the NBA Finals much more difficult -- the 1995 Houston Rockets and the 1999 New York Knicks are the lone teams to reach the Finals without home-court advantage in the opening round since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams -- it could also mean a brutal first-round matchup for an unlucky team at the top of the West.

If Durant and Westbrook are out six weeks, a more pessimistic view, a playoff berth is no longer so certain. The same model projects 49 to 50 wins with a six-week absence, and the Dallas Mavericks needed 49 wins to claim the eighth seed in the West last season.

The Thunder's clearest route to landing a high seed -- or any postseason berth in general -- might come via winning the Northwest Division, with Portland (1-2) and Denver (1-1) the other viable contenders.

Obviously, there are other scenarios, including one of the stars returning faster than the other. But it's too early to write off Oklahoma City's season, even with an unprecedented pair of injuries.

News and notes

• Friday's deadline for rookie contract extensions saw two deals struck. The Golden State Warriors gave guard Klay Thompson a four-year maximum contract (estimated at $69.7 million, though the final value won't be determined until the 2015-16 salary cap is set next summer), while Ricky Rubio got $56 million for four years from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

AP Photo/Brandon DillThe Timberwolves took a risk by extending Ricky Rubio.

At this point, Thompson was a lock to get a max offer sheet, and while the Warriors sacrifice some flexibility, they were less likely to use cap space next summer than a team like the San Antonio Spurs. The desire to maximize cap space was a key reason the Spurs did not extend the contract of forward Kawhi Leonard, another likely max deal. Because that wasn't a factor in Golden State's case, I have little issue with the Warriors keeping a key player happy.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Monday Bolts – 11.3.14

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@L0rv Editor's note: Welcome to NBA Insider Daily! Devoted readers familiar with the "Per Diem" column can still look forward to both Kevin Pelton and Tom Haberstroh this season, and they are joined by fellow Insiders Bradford Doolittle and Amin Elhassan. Every day, one of them will tackle the big topics in the NBA from every perspective including advanced metrics, scouting and reporting.

When the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, it was just the second time in the franchise's seven seasons in Oklahoma that neither Kevin Durant nor Russell Westbrook had been in the lineup. It will be that way for a while, with Durant (Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot) and Westbrook (fractured second metacarpal on his right hand) both expected to be out a minimum of four weeks.

It's not just in Oklahoma City that the situation is unprecedented. It's hard to find in recent NBA history similar examples of teams forced to play without two superstars for an extended stretch.

Diving into my historical database, I went looking for teams that had two players with winning percentage ratings of .650 or better (equivalent to All-Star level by the per-minute version of my wins above replacement player rating) play fewer than 70 games during the same season (not counting lockout-shortened seasons). I came up with just three examples, dating to the ABA-NBA merger:

• 1996-97 Houston RocketsCharles Barkley (missed 29 games) and Clyde Drexler (20)

• 2003-04 Seattle SuperSonics: Ray Allen (26) and Brent Barry (23)

• 2003-04 Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant (17) and Shaquille O'Neal (15)

With all due respect to Barry, a favorite of the numbers, the 2003-04 Sonics don't belong on this list. Barkley and Drexler are a better comparison, and the Rockets were without both players for 11 games. However, they still had their best player (Hakeem Olajuwon) in the lineup as an anchor.

The 2003-04 Lakers are a more interesting comparison. That's the team that famously addedKarl Malone and Gary Payton in an attempt to win a fourth ring with the Bryant-O'Neal core, but neither Malone nor Payton were capable of carrying the team like Olajuwon could. However, the stretch where injuries to Bryant and O'Neal overlapped was less than two weeks, and the Lakers were without both players for a total of just seven games (going 2-5, one reason they slipped to third in the West). The Thunder likely will play twice as long without their stars.

That's about it as far as precedent. The Miami Heat played without both LeBron James andDwyane Wade nine times in four years, mostly after clinching the NBA's best record in 2012-13. Outside of Michael Jordan's retirement, the Chicago Bulls never played without both Jordan andScottie Pippen after drafting Pippen. And either Karl Malone or John Stockton was in the lineup for every game the Utah Jazz played during an 18-season span.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Monday Bolts – 11.3.14

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@Prodigy-X [Thunder 2015 NBA Champs] i'd think presti would trade ibaka for picks

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@bmuelle23 you could tell the fans appreciated the effort the guys were showing. lately the fans have been a lot more results driven than when the thunder were on the rise.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@Kong Lambchop it felt like 5 years ago.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@Lost Ones paul george's hairline is proceeding. i'm jealous

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom sadness

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@_justin i haven't looked at the numbers, but isn't durant a slow starter. he always picks it up a month in.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Westbrook likely out 4 to 6 weeks: Can the Thunder survive?

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@DTVoyagin' bev. perk's contract

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Bolts – 10.31.14

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