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@supreme35 @ChaseJohnNottinghamI agree, I thought it was odd that Brooks didn't play Martin down the stretch, considering he was shooting the ball well (6-12). When you factor in that the other main scoring option (Westbrook) is down with injury, and that Memphis is a very good defensive team, it makes it hard to justify going with the offensively challenged starting lineup to finish out the 4th quarter. When Durant was practically getting triple teamed, I sure as hell would have preferred having Martin on the court as another scoring option, over Perkins, or Thabo.
1 year, 7 months ago on Play it back again: OKC falls in overtime, 103-97
Martin should play in overtime, they need another scorer on the floor.
1 year, 7 months ago on Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Game 4 Pregame Primer
Durant has done a pretty damn good job fronting the post on Gasol.
This was probably already posted, no big deal.
1 year, 7 months ago on Friday Bolts – 5.10.13
Good coaching move putting Leonard on Curry. He's giving him trouble with his length.
1 year, 7 months ago on Derek Fisher, playoff hero
@d21 floppy fish
@DXL I just did a quick check of current players that improve their 3-point shooting in the playoffs, compared to the regular season. So far, the only players I have found are Jason Terry and Steve Novak. I'm sure there are more guys on that list, but it does seem to be fairly uncommon.
@DXL So Fisher is a 37% career 3-point shooter in the regular season and a 40% 3-point shooter in the playoffs. The interesting thing about that stat, is most players don't improve their 3-point shooting in the playoffs. They usually shoot close to the same percentage as in the regular season, or it drops down. It goes to show that Fisher is clutch in pressure situations.
@ou_sas @Crow I think they need to start Delfino, or possibly Motiejunas at the 4. The only way they have any chance of competing is to use a stretch 4 to pull Ibaka out of the paint, taking away his shot-blocking, and forcing him to guard the 3-point line.
1 year, 8 months ago on Practice Report: Game 1 counts for one
@Lost Ones @Aren't They were also missing Stephen Jackson, a player Popovich has a success using as the stretch 4 against us in the past. Also, the Spurs were playing their 4th game in 5 nights, while the Thunder had a week to rest. I would just throw out the Spurs game out as an example of beating a good team, they were missing too many key players to take anything away from that game.
1 year, 8 months ago on Knicks stay hot and cool the Thunder, 125-120
@OohWeeItsVelvetHoop @Old Man Game Kevin Calabro is one of the best commentators in the league. He's ten thousand times better than Brian Davis, in my opinion.
1 year, 8 months ago on Practice Report: Scott Brooks unlikely to sit players
I thought Durant really got going offensively playing at the 4. Perkins played okay, but I would have stuck with the Durant/Collison combination, in overtime.
1 year, 9 months ago on Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Pregame Primer
@OKC035 The bench has been losing leads all year long, well before Fisher arrived. That's partly why I think Durant is in a mini-slump right now, he's had to play extensive minutes in order to keep the bench afloat. It looks like those high minutes he played earlier in the season are starting to catch up with him.
1 year, 9 months ago on Nuggets vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
The bench has been terrible and losing leads all year long for the Thunder. Combine that with the fact that Denver has one of the deepest teams in the league and it doesn't work out in the Thunder's favor. Fisher was awful tonight, but our bench has been a major problem all year.
Smart move by Karl to replicate the same strategy Miami uses against OKC, staying small most of the game. Faried only played 18 minutes, with Chandler getting most of the minutes at the 4. Once again, there's no real advantage to sticking to the big lineup in these situations. Perkins/Ibaka lack any type of a low-post game to punish the smaller player on the block, they don't utilize their size in terms of rebounding (perk had 3 boards tonight), and defensively they don't match up well against the more athletic lineups. Seriously, watching stretch 4's drain open jumpers with Ibaka guarding them is getting really old.
I wouldn't be surprised if we see more teams move their wing players to the 4, when playing us, especially in the playoffs. The Spurs can use Stephen Jackson in that role, Gallo and Chandler can both play that position for Denver, The Clippers can go with Butler, or Odom at the 4, with Griffin sliding to the 5. I know everyone worries about the Heat being a matchup problem, but there are other teams that can use the same strategy to varying effects. Brooks is going to have to come off his tendency to stick with the big lineup too long, otherwise this could end up backfiring again in the playoffs. I don't want to see a repeat of last year against Miami, where I feel like the team lost in large part due to the coaching.
1 year, 9 months ago on Nuggets sink the Thunder at the buzzer, 105-103
I was hoping Presti would trade for a two-way player that could provide scoring off the bench. Someone in the mold of Jared Dudley, that can defend and hit open shots. I suppose Brewer is a better option than Liggins, but this roster is now filled with guys that can only play on one side of the court.
1 year, 10 months ago on Thunder acquire guard Ronnie Brewer
@[censored] Not changing the starting lineup against this particular team is kind of a big deal though. Starting Durant at the 4, with any one of our bigs at center gives the team the best chance to win.
1 year, 10 months ago on Heat vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@[censored] That makes sense, Mullens is usually camped out behind the three-point line on the offensive end. Tough to grab an offensive rebound when you're 30 feet from the rim.
1 year, 10 months ago on 3-on-3: Thunder versus Heat
In roughly the same amount of minutes per game, Byron Mullens is averaging 8.1 rebounds, while Ibaka is now at 7.9. Kind of disappointing to me, I feel like Ibaka is underperforming at times in that area. He only grabbed 3 boards in Utah last night, there's really no excuse for that.
@IhaveamancrushonWestbrook @justin_mia @ThunderChick2010 @sexywatt @1 Knee 4 Points 5 Rebounds 35 Million Dollars @Old Man Game
Do you have any issue when management trades away players that want to stay? Presti rightfully traded Jeff Green, yet Green had been told many times he was a part of the Thunder nucleus moving forward. I guess the players have to remain loyal, but it's a different story for management.
1 year, 11 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Zero Dark Thunder
Nice to see Brooks learned nothing from the finals last year.
1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder vs. Heat: Pregame Primer
Horrible spacing with Perk in the game.
@DudeBeAGangsta Flagged. Unacceptable, this shouldn't be tolerated on this site.
2 years ago on Report: Wizards turned down James Harden trade offer
@Crow There were a few years I seem to remember him putting more of an effort in that area. How was his defense rated the last year the Sonics made the playoffs (2005)?
2 years ago on Practice Report: Kevin Durant in the post
Nice to see Durant more in the mid-post, especially considering the height advantage he has playing minutes at the 3. It actually reminds me a bit of the way the former Sonics would use Rashard Lewis in the post (when he used to play small-forward), before he became more of a stretch 4 in Orlando. Catch the ball mid-post, and use a fadeaway, or do damage from the triple-threat position. The problem with Lewis was beyond outside shooting, and his finesse post-game, he was pretty one-dimensional (average speed and limited handles for a 3, poor defender, too passive at times).
After criticizing Durant for turning the ball over too much, I should at the same time give him credit for being a beast on the boards. 10.3 rebounds per game so far. He's had a strong focus on rebounding this year, which is good to see, especially if he's going to play more at the 4.
2 years, 1 month ago on Lining Up: Evaluating OKC’s starting unit
@alvarex I don't think anyone is saying he shouldn't create, just don't turn down a good look to pass to a player that will end up with a worse shot in the end.
@f5alcon You would hope he would improve in that area as he matures as a player. Also, 4.2 TO is the most he has ever averaged in his career. Still early, but not a good trend so far this season. The team still hasn't found a playmaker to fill the role Harden used to provide.
Durant is averaging more turnovers than assists, 4.2 TO to 4 Ast. per game. I commend him for trying to expand his game, but scoring the ball is what he does best. With his size, he has such a high dribble when he drives the ball, smaller defenders can swipe the ball away fairly easily. That goes with the territory of being a 6'11 guy that has the handles of a 2 guard. That being said, the whole forcing passes/trying to be a playmaker is what is really skyrocketing his turnovers.
@MostJadedGamer Yeah, referring to that group as the "small-lineup" isn't really a very fitting name, considering the length those players provide.
@Crow @justin_mia I was just looking at that a few minutes ago. That small-lineup has been both the best offensive and defensive lineup. The starting unit has been decent defensively, but has been offset by horribly inept offense.
@justin_mia What does our big lineup do well? I would prefer to have two legit bigs on the floor, unfortunately outside of Ibaka, all our bigs are pretty mediocre.
I would start Martin in place of Thabo. Bring Maynor, Jackson/Lamb, Thabo, PJ3, and Collison off the bench. Continue to play more small-ball featuring a heavy dose of Thabo, with Ibaka at center. Durant has actually been rebounding better than any of the other bigs, when he plays at the 4. I think the main thing is Brooks needs to stagger the lineups so Thabo/Perkins aren't on the court at the same time as often. Play Perkins 15-20 minutes most night, unless there is a useful role for him. Let him set the tone with his supposed physical play early in the game, and finish out games with Collison/Ibaka, or Durant/Ibaka at the 4/5 position.
@abizn Randolph would be a tough cover for Durant, but on the flip side it creates a mismatch with Randolph forced to defend out on the perimeter, giving him less opportunity to rebound. Memphis flat out has the better big-lineup, so I think the best chance of beating them would be to speed up the tempo of the game, make Randolph/Gasol try and defend in an up and down game. A slow it down half-court game is playing right into the strength of the Grizzlies.
2 years, 1 month ago on Memphis outplays the Thunder in a rugged game, 107-97
Right now the only big on the roster that is playing well is Ibaka. Perkins can't rebound and is inept on the offensive end, Collison seems to be on the decline, and Thabeet is a project at best. Short of trading for a center that is actually good (Al Jefferson), I wonder what the best strategy is moving forward? Do you play the mediocre big, simply because he fits the mold of what a traditional center should look like, or follow the path that Miami is on now, committing to small-ball. Of course the knock on small-ball has been that you can't win a championship playing that style, which Miami dispelled last year. They were able to go small with a front court of Lebron/Battier/Bosh, and still defend well at the same time, something the Suns never could accomplish.
Can the Thunder rebound and defend well enough with Durant at the 4, and Ibaka sliding to center? We already know the team is much better offensively (pace of play, spacing, transition scoring) when they go small. I just don't think the big lineup is that much better at rebounding/defending to warrant the huge decline on the offensive end. In my opinion, there are 3 keys to the athletic lineup working. Durant rebounding well playing at the 4 (so far he has), Ibaka's ability to guard bigs in the low-post , and Thabo playing big minutes to give the unit a defensive presence. Westbrook, Martin, Thabo, Durant, and Ibaka has been hands down the best lineup statistically so far this year. As people have pointed out, that group has the athletes to switch everything off the pick-and-roll.
I guess I just don't see the benefits of giving many minutes to Perkins/ Thabeet. Off the bench, I would rather play PJ3 over Thabeet, to give that unit another potential scorer. The combination of Thabo/Perkins doesn't work, so Thabo has to sit in place of Martin when Brooks finishes out games with Ibaka/Perkins. What is supposedly the defensive group, ironically ends up being worse off than the smaller-lineup that actually relies on Thabo for extended minutes.
@justin_mia The small lineup that has Thabo on the floor has been decent defensively. Our big lineup is average at best at this point, so I think we are better going the direction the Heat did, and playing to our strengths.
2 years, 1 month ago on Grizzlies vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
Is the box score correct that Perkins only has 1 rebound?
Matching big lineups with Memphis isn't working. Come on Brooks, be proactive and use the best statistical lineup so far this season of Westbrook, Martin, Thabo, Durant, and Ibaka. Sure, you give up size and rebounding against Randolph/Gasol, but you also force Memphis into some tough defensive matchups on the other end.
Good things happen when they play this small lineup with Ibaka at the 5. It really opens up the court offensively for Durant and Wesbrook to operate.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder vs. Pistons: Pregame Primer
Maybe Brooks has OCD, he just can't deviate from his rigid substitution pattern. Martin doesn't check in until the 4 minute mark. Makes zero sense.
Kevin Martin with only 28 minutes and he's been arguably the best player on the floor for the Thunder tonight.
2 years, 1 month ago on Hawks vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@Remify @tygablood Asik is way better than Perkins.
2 years, 1 month ago on Kendrick Perkins (ankle) expected to play Sunday
@Remify Yeah, he's one of the best defensive centers in the league.
@Grolgar He only plays rookies when they are top 5 draft picks, or one of his trusted veterans has an injury.
2 years, 1 month ago on Back on track: OKC takes down Portland, 106-92
@justin_mia @Old Man Game @Jooseppi I think Maxwell threw a dumbbell at Payton in one of those locker room fights.
@OBoy Jones III @justin_mia I think he suffers from the same problem Martin did in Sacramento, and Houston. He's just not really very good as the #1 option, trying to carry a team. I think he'd play better as the second, or third option ideally.
@Remify New career high.
2 years, 1 month ago on Blazers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@justin_mia We might suffer slightly, although it's not as if our other bigs off the bench are going to be that much better defensively. I think the positives in terms of what we would get on the offensive end would tip the scale.
2 years, 1 month ago on OKC falters late in San Antonio, 86-84
They need to do a better job of pushing the tempo, not standing around taking forced jumpers in a stagnant half-court offense. This team is full of athletes (Westbrook, Ibaka, Jones, Jackon, Lamb, Durant) that should excel in the open court. That's an area of strength for this team offensively. Other than Ibaka, the bigs on the team are average at best. I would like to see them instead use a small lineup more often, and try and get easier baskets in transition. More Ibaka at the 5, less Perkins. Even when this team goes small, they still have length at each position.
@justin_mia I would like to see them use the small lineup more often, and speed up the tempo of the game. Take advantage of the great athletes they have on the team, maybe give some minutes to Jones, and Jackson. This team is going to struggle in their half-court offense without a natural playmaker. They need to push the ball more, look to get easier shots in transition.