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@gnaygg I think it's acl's not achillies that Blair doesn't have but point taken.
3 years ago on Nuggets vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
More encouraged by this loss than by several recent lackluster wins. Russ played great for the first time in a couple of weeks. His play will determine if we win the chip IMO. Plus Serge hitting jump shot after jump shot very encouraging. Opposition needs to be aware of that which will open up the lane for others. Only question is who is serge gonna guard against Dallas to allow him to be out there assuming Mavs crunchtime are Kidd, Terry, Marion, dirk, & hayward/mahimi? Seems to me these are centers that serge can handle - play him at the 5 for once.
Fish does not have back to back passable games in him at this pt in his career.
Really like what we're seeing from Russ tonight.
@ou_sas @HookemKD Many are talking up Parker for league MVP consideration so I question that he'll only make the third team. Between Kobe & Parker, I'd be very surprised if Russ gets the second first team guard spot. A month ago maybe, but too many 3 for 22 type stinkbombs of late.
3 years ago on Wednesday Bolts - 4.25.12
@Jooseppi Amazing to me that phoenix got as close to the playoffs as they did. Compare their roster to sacramento's and it's not even close to as talented IMO.
3 years ago on KD gets his points, but the bench finishes on the Kings 116-108
Remember when our coach went by 'Scottie' instead of Scott? The following link may have something to do w/the switch. (Heard about this on a Simmons podcast before you all jump to the wrong conclusion).
Cole is active, will give him that, but also saw cousins drive around him like he was standing still in post-up plays on several occasions. Very limited lateral quickness, pretty standard trait for big, hulking white guys. I would not feel comfortable amnestying Perk in order to keep both James & Serge if it means relying on Cole to become our starting center. No big issue w/him getting 10 mpg as a backup though.
I find all this Cole love quite amusing. It's clear he'd be first team NBA if only he played more right?
3 years ago on Kings vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
Well at least it's the best team in the league were gettin blasted by. Wait,,,what?
Wouldn't be at all surprised if Denver beat LAL (assuming standings hold) prior to us getting a crack at them. Denver's 8-4 in April, gallonari is back after a couple of injuries, & Bynum may have mentally checked out after being benched in the game yesterday. Any way you slice it, hard to see how it could've played out any better for us matchup-wise. That being said, I participate in a NBA playoff bet every year & I'm picking SA over miami in 6 in the finals. When $'s involved I think w/my head not my heart.
3 years ago on Thunder are officially the No. 2 seed in the West
@soonerfan237 @Lost Hear you but berrea & Chandler were probably 2 of the main 4 players who won that series for them & they're gone, and seems unlikely that Dirk will catch that sort of lightning in a bottle again so am not overly concerned with them this year.
3 years ago on James Harden listed as day to day, re-evaluated Tuesday
Was flipping through tv channels a minute ago while listening to pandora on headphones & saw on the screen that artest is a scheduled guest on Conan tomorrow. Surely these are reruns this week?
@soonerfan237 @Lost Ones If we're concerned about Dallas or Denver, we ain't going far.
@Lost Ones Rest, rest, rest. I was calling for it prior to the laker game, & James wouldn't of had his face blasted had we rested. Every other contender has been wisely resting guys.
@shiki @FF_pickups @Old Man Game Agree Shiki, think all of our main guys should sit out the next 2, but especially Russ - he plays so damn hard all the time. Why wouldn't he be wearing down at this point w/the compressed schedule?
@Old Man Game Hope you're right but don't know that we can necessarily conclude from this that he'll be A-ok. Most times you get one & recover ok in a day or two but it's as fickle an injury as there is, potentially w/ebbs & flows from day to day, see Sidney Crosby & Kevin love. Regarding the suspension length, I was thinking 5-games or so last night but the more I've seen the replay, seems evident the guy truly is insane. If you're stern, can you truly feel confident the guy won't completely snap in the blink of an eye, pick up a chair or something and actually kill or paralyze an opponent, ref or fan? I wouldn't put it past that nutjob and how could stern live w/himself if something like that occurred. I think the punishment will be extremely harsh.
Regarding Serge's lack of minutes supposedly proving that he's not an elite defender - come on Royce, can't believe you wrote that. Damn near every okc fan has been clamoring for him to get more minutes since about game #15. Because Brooks chooses to play the immortal fish in the dreadful small ball lineup or nazr in any line up instead of Serge speaks more to dumb coaching decisions than it does to proving he's not an elite game-impacting defender. Can nitpick his pnr communication all you want, but so far as being a bottom line, game-changing,'the reason the oponent's possession is unsuccessful' defender, only lbj is in his league IMO. Am beginning to think that Serge must have dissed Royce in the locker room a time or two cause he is consistently undervalued or flat out slighted in the writing on DT IMO.
3 years ago on Thunder Player Power Rankings: Hardware for Serge Ibaka?
Here's hoping that the daily bolts are posted early today so that this particular comment thread and the high percentage of garbage contained herein can fade into oblivion.
3 years ago on OKC lets a lead slip to the Lakers losing in double-OT 114-106
@ThunderChick2010 @Lost @persiansooner13 That's just the reality of the word thunderchick, like I posted, think it's because of tupac's 'thug life'. So as the purveyor of politically correct discourse around here, one cannot call black guys thugs if their aim is to be racially neutral.
I think Tupac is who made it racial for most.
@ThunderChick2010 @Lost Ones @persiansooner13 It's just that 'thug' has a negative racial connotation nowadays. I can foresee a phoney boloney heartfelt 'debate' coming up on the Skip show this week talking about how artest has been vilified while the fighting going on in hockey of late is glorified.
@El Prez It's just that there was no premeditation whatsoever. It went from nothing to something in literally less than one-second.
@persiansooner13 He had really started to pick up his game of late so a long suspension I think would hurt them a fair amount. Will be very interesting what the suspension is. Hadn't thought about the hockey parallel but you might be right that that influences stern to rule more harshly in an attempt to differentiate bball from the barbarism of hockey.
Perhaps we can agree that it was not premeditated. To me, it went from a 'I'm a bad man' celebration to intentional arm swing in about 0.5 seconds. The guy is missing a filter that most people have.
@sutpen @alvarex @crmacdo Say Queensbridge. SAY QUEENSBRIDGE!!!
@Old Man Game Not sure of the exact protocol there. I broke my arm playing bball once when I fell over a guys back trying to block his shot and I wanted everyone to get the f off of me at that moment. Remember in the NCAA tourney a few years ago when the wvu guy wrecked his knee & Bob Huggins full body embraced the guy on the ground? That was odd. Probably something in between that & what actually happened tonight woulda been more appropriate.
@dollarbillrussell @Old Man Game @dancassidy35 Would like to agree that Serge could take him but I dunno, artest is clearly insane which can go a long way in a scrap. Artest is definitely located front & center of Simmons' Tyson zone hierarchy.
Am not overly distraught w/the loss, we're a 2-seed with it, a 2-seed w/a win. Seems we're becoming an above average defensive team & if Russ can somehow find his jump shot, all will be well in the world. Not sure what's so 'silly' about the harden or serge debate & how this game provided any kind of definitive proof that James is the choice. Serge is a once in a generation type shotblocker, is 22, a 6-10 freak athlete w/still limited bball experience, is the main reason we're becoming a good defensive team & might be able to be had for 4-6 mil less than james per year. There was a national article from a week or 2 ago posted here where I think 12 NBA gm's or scouts were polled on this question and it was a dead even split. So professional evaluators are torn but internet columnist Royce doesn't want to be bothered by the utter silliness of the question? (no significant offense intended Royce)
Set a pick or something there.
3 years ago on Thunder at Lakers: Pregame Primer
Let's go ahead and blow their effin doors off here.
Think artest might be mildly booed in okc if we play them?
@IdiotBayless @Old Man Game Am partial to the one-time boxer James 'Bonecrusher' Smith. Tried to adopt that one for myself Loose 'Bonecrusher' Sluggage, but it never caught on for some reason.
3 years ago on Five questions with Land O'Lakers
@JamesChurch Am not cause the Man says I can't be, and too much to lose at this point in life to buck the Man's directives.
3 years ago on KD flirts with a triple-double as OKC handles the Kings, 102-93
Disagree that russ was quietly excellent. Compared to the last few games maybe but not top 10-in- the-league type of excellent, I want to see that Russ again. A lot of grass talk going on today which has made me a little nostalgic. Really wish 1-the sh*t was legal, 2-there wasn't such a negative stigma applied to the use of it, 3-I hadn't of been busted before for it so I didn't have to worry about felony charges if it happened again, 4-it wasn't the one 'drug' that showed up on drug tests many months after use, & 5-I still smoked.
@Old Man Game He's flat outstanding at shot blocking. No one in his league currently. Have to go back to dikembe or Olajuwon, & they both had 2 - 4 inches on him. His timing is as good as it gets.
3 years ago on Thunder at Kings: Pregame Primer
Solid win, but really want to see Russ get fully back in the groove. Most of his damage came against 5-9 Thomas so can't take much from that. We are not getting the 1 seed, SA needs to lose 2 of 4 remaining against scrub teams which ain't gonna happen. So, I say we throw Sunday's game against LAL. Really want LAL not LAC as the 3 seed. If so, SA, LAC, & Memphis all on other side of bracket - can't ask for better than that.
Serge might be better at his specialty than anyone in the league is at their's . Outstanding.
@Remify @OKCBornandBred Too early to say on matchups. LAC may overtake LAL for #3.
How does jimmer go 10th(?), rj 24th, & isiah Thomas 60th?
@FREE_COLE @diddoff @FF_pickups Lack of size is becoming a big problem w/LMA & Dwight out. Spain is gonna eat our lunch down low w/the Gasol's and Serge the congon, err, spainard. Bynum seems to petulant to play in the Olympics. How about Perk solely for post d in the Spain game? Maybe Anthony Davis?
3 years ago on Friday Bolts - 4.20.12
Re the news on the front page, would be surprised if fish is in the league next year so can he remain head of the union? We don't need any f'n distractions going down the stretch.
3 years ago on Thursday Bolts - 4.19.12
@OBoymuzik @dancassidy35 @Crow Doesn't seem prudent to box ourselves in for years to come by paying 4 guys so much of the cap. I like harden as much as the next guy but don't think we should pay him the max. I kinda like the notion put forth in an article Royce posted a while back where we would trade harden this offseason for a high pick, and select the best of the Florida, uconn or Washington SG's.
Well, an outstanding game for James, one of the best I've seen for any player all year. But, saw nothing to make me feel any better about our chances of getting out of the west. Phoenix is not good, all smoke & mirrors to get the record they've got. Main concern is Russ. He absolutely needs to play like the top 10 talent that he sometimes appears to be for us to beat SA or LAC. What happened to his 15-footer that was so deadly earlier in the year?
3 years ago on Thunder at Suns: Pregame Primer
Beard could absolutely pass for a homeless person if the clothes were appropriate. Even the head hair is lookin pretty ratty.
Can't believe Phoenix has a shot at the playoffs. A 38 yr old Canadian & a bunch of scrubs. Gortat is half decent I guess but that's it.
There's been games on TNT all night? Did I lose 2 days somewhere? SA still seems an afterthought in the national narrative for some damn reason but they obviously shouldn't be.
3 years ago on 3-on-3: Panic at the Peake?
@JJJ 1st team probably accurate. Seems to be some sentiment for Bynum over Howard but probably not enough. My own feeling is that 43% fg Kobe shouldn't be on first team but he will.
2nd team- Russ can't have many/any more games like last night if he's gonna hold off Rondo & Parker. Otherwise agree.
3rd - Not sure how strict the forward/center delineation is for all-NBA, if not strict, would put LMA or KG in over Gasol (Mark presumably) and/or Blake.