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With the 12th pick in the 2013 NBA draft, the Tulsa 66ers select.... Steven Adams.

1 year ago on Draft Chat: Who should, and who will, the Thunder take?

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@d21 @soonerfan237 He only posted the first round.

1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder land the 12th pick in the 2013 draft

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Chad Ford just released his Mock Draft 3.0

#12: Steven Adams.  Adams might have been the big winner of the draft combine. He physically looked the part of a future NBA center and displayed a better than expected touch on his jump shot. He looked in terrific shape, hustled on both ends of the floor and reminded everyone why scouts saw him as a potential top-5 pick going into his senior year of high school. He's raw and won't find any real minutes on the Thunder. But that's what the D-League is for.

#29: Giannis Antetokounmpo.  The Thunder already have a lottery pick and should feel comfortable enough to roll the dice on the draft's most mysterious player. Antetokounmpo has the size and skill level to be a special point forward in the pros. But he's completely unproven. Completely.He's the perfect draft-and-stash candidate.

1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder land the 12th pick in the 2013 draft

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@Westbrookinit3 We also have future first round picks we could throw in (including one from Dallas), and the first pick of the second round (which is just as good as a late first rounder).

1 year, 2 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.9.13

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 @see-mittens I think we'd have to give up a lot more than that for Hickson.

1 year, 5 months ago on Reports: Eric Maynor traded to Portland

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 @shorthorns4 Here's how I understand it.  Normally, if you make a trade the salaries have to match (i.e. you can't take on more salary than you ship off in a trade).  But if you have a trade exception, you can take on more salary in a trade.

1 year, 5 months ago on Reports: Eric Maynor traded to Portland

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 @okcjim Who is LMRAM?

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder at Cavaliers: Pregame Primer

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 @Sigmund  @OSU EE After that trade, our frontcourt rotation would be Collison, Sanders, and Thabeet.  We'd also lose our best bench scorer and gain no one that can replace his production.  No way.

1 year, 5 months ago on Grizzlies vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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 @PowerSerge  @Lost Ones  @[censored] I know Perk isn't everyone's favorite player around here.  But I don't think I'd mess with this starting lineup (as long as it's winning) just to get a player like Valanciunas.

1 year, 5 months ago on Grizzlies vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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 @PowerSerge  @Fuzzy Logic They're already well-under the luxury tax.  They don't need to dump more salary.  And there's no way they'd trade their young star (Gasol) for two aging role players (Perkins and Martin).

1 year, 5 months ago on Grizzlies vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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 @Fezzy  @okcjim We have so many draft picks we could probably do it.  We have Dallas 1st rounder, our own first rounder, and Charlotte's 2nd rounder (just as good as a late first rounder).  We don't need to draft that many players.  Let's package them and grab one of these 7-footers.

1 year, 5 months ago on Grizzlies vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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We've played 11 of the last 13 on the road.  We went 7-4 in those road games.  That's solid.  Before the road trip started, most people said that if we could emerge from this month and still be in the top 3 in the West, that we would be just fine.  Well, we're still tied for first in the league (in the loss column).  That's pretty good if you ask me.  Still have some things to work on though.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @Legendary_Dork Lakers are just 4 games out of 8th.  They have more talent than the teams immediately above them.  It's possible (although unlikely) that they pass them.  Just throwing some food for thought out there.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @ThunderWins  @Legendary_Dork Never said we would lose.  Obviously we would be favored.  But not the easy opponent you would expect at 7 or 8.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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Scary scenario: Lakers finish the season on a great run, grab the 7th or 8th seed.  We have to face a motivated (and hot) Lakers team in the first round.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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Spurs now have the best record in the league.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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Westbrook is 2 rebounds and 4 points away from the triple double.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @PNT I really, really doubt Boston would be interested in that trade.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @see-mittens  @Legendary_Dork I wouldn't go that far.  The starting frontcourt was Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic before that trade.  I think our record since that trade speaks volumes.  That said, I think Jeff Green would be a useful player for the current Thunder.  I'm hoping Perry Jones can do some of those things (and hopefully more).

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @Jooseppi I dunno.  I liked Jeff.  He could be a pretty good player if he's just a role/bench player.  His consistency struggles were magnified with us because he was relied on to be a top 3 scorer on a nightly basis.  If he can just play his game and isn't needed to force his offense, he can be a player that helps you win.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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I'm hoping Perry Jones can develop into Jeff Green 2.0 for us.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @Aren't Russ seems to help off of him A LOT.  Brooks probably needs to switch that gameplan up a bit.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @KellOne  @C-Wil Dallas used to be a thorn in our side too.  We'll get there eventually if we maintain our current pace.  Wade isn't getting any younger either.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @Bryson  

Serge Ibaka: PER=18.8, 14 pts (56%), 8.3 rbs, 0.5 ast, 2.8 blk

Chris Bosh: PER=21.0, 17.2 pts (54%), 7.2 rbs, 1.7 ast, 1.4 blk

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Lakers: Pregame Primer

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 @SexyWatt Top 20 protected through 2017

1 year, 5 months ago on TGR 89: Swears and snubs

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Hypothetical question:  Let's say our Toronto pick ends up at 10/11.  Would you package 1 or 2 of our other 1st rounders to move up to grab a great big man (like Len) or do you keep the picks so that you can grab multiple 1st round talents?

1 year, 5 months ago on TGR 89: Swears and snubs

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Crap.  DeRozan wins it with a fadeaway shot.

1 year, 5 months ago on Russell Westbrook named Western All-Star reserve

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Orlando takes their foul to give with 4.3 seconds left.  Toronto still with the ball.

1 year, 5 months ago on Russell Westbrook named Western All-Star reserve

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Toronto and Orlando tied at 95 with 20 seconds left.  Toronto with the ball.

1 year, 5 months ago on Russell Westbrook named Western All-Star reserve

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4 point play opportunity for Orlando.  Chance to tie the game against Toronto.

1 year, 5 months ago on Russell Westbrook named Western All-Star reserve

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Durant will never pass in crunchtime ever again.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Westbrook: 3-15 shooting, 4 assists, 5 TOs

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Westbrook had Ibaka wide open.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Dunk that Westbrook.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Sefolosha as wide open in the corner there.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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This defense has been REALLY impressive.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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 @courtsense Hopefully Lamb or Jones turns into that player.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Nice job closing the quarter and taking a lead with Durant on the bench.  Big 3 minutes there.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Guess Westbrook is alright...

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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 @thelaughingwiseman Several, actually.  This mock draft has us taking 7'1" Alex Len.

 

http://nbadraft.net/2013mock_draft

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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With the loss, Toronto (or rather OKC!) would have the #7 pick if the season ended today.  They play Orlando (who's #6) tomorrow night on a back-to-back after an overtime game tonight.  So, solid chance it'll move up a spot tomorrow.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Pelicans leading Spurs at the start of the 4th.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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 @MJOKC In Hollinger's simulations, OKC's best simulated season was 73-9... in the West.  That is incredible.

 

http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/playoffodds

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Spurs trailing the Hornets at halftime.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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Anyone else anxiously following the Raptors score?  Need that draft pick to sweeten up a bit!

1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer

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 @KellOne You can't spell "signature road win" without CP3?

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Pregame Primer

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 @SoCal Thunder Durant, Westbrook, Griffin, Harden, Rose, Irving, Ibaka, Love, Lopez, Curry, Faried, Holiday, Davis, Monroe, Anderson, Batum, Young, George, Cousins, Jennings, Lillard, Sanders, Jordan, Davis, Bledsoe

 

Ibaka - 

Current: Ibaka is one of the few players in this league who can dominate the paint defensively, make numerous plays above the rim on both sides of the court, and be a consistent threat with his jump shot. That outside shooting is a key, as it helps his team's offense enormously with great spacing -- and none of the premier shot blockers in the league can shoot as well as Ibaka can, save Duncan. Ibaka now plays like an experienced veteran, not the raw talent of previous seasons. -- Thorpe

 

Future: Per Basketball-Reference.com, only three players in NBA history (Andrei Kirilenko, Raef LaFrentz and Josh Smith) have made even 25 3-pointers during a season in which they averaged 2.0 blocks per game. If he continues to expand his range, Ibaka could create a new stereotype. He's 7-of-23 from beyond the arc this season after taking six triples in his first three seasons combined. -- Pelton

 

1 year, 6 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.22.13

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@PerkPunt

Current: Harden has grown into one of the top offensive players in the NBA. He has got great vision and anticipates defenders well, which gives him a decided advantage as a scorer or passer. He's solid on the perimeter and very tough to defend off the dribble with or without ball screens because of his power and ability to change speeds. He has proven he can be the best player on his team and still drive that team to a good record and a likely playoff appearance. -- Thorpe

 

Future: Believe it or not, Harden has this group's best WARP projection for 2013-14. Because these projections are based on a small pool of similar players, that doesn't mean Harden will actually leapfrog former teammates Durant and Westbrook, but it does indicate he belongs in the conversation. As Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade age, Harden could soon emerge as the league's top 2-guard. -- Pelton

 

1 year, 6 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.22.13

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http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8828711/nba-kevin-durant-kevin-love-russell-westbrook-top-players-age-25

 

ESPN ranked the best players under 25.

#1 Durant

#2 Westbrook

(#4 Harden)

#7 Ibaka

1 year, 6 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.22.13

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 @shiki Ballotelli, is that you?

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Mavericks: Pregame Primer

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WAT.

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Mavericks: Pregame Primer

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Alley-oop 3 incoming.

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Mavericks: Pregame Primer

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Please, no repeat of last Dallas game here.

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Mavericks: Pregame Primer

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 @AIaska Fat lady hasn't sung yet.

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Mavericks: Pregame Primer

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Anyone know what's up with Thabeet?  Haven't seen him on the court yet.

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Mavericks: Pregame Primer

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If Miami was in the Western Conference, they would be the 5th seed right now.  Unfortunately, they're probably still going to cruise to the finals once again.

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Suns: Pregame Primer

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 @sleeping-giant.tumblr I also like the endless scroll, which is why I prefer to be able to manage how tabs open myself.  I command-click to open a link in a new tab and remain on the current page to look for more links to open/finish reading the article.  If the website forces you to open a link in a new window, it wil become the active tab and I have to manually go back to the article I was reading.  Of course if you want the new tab to be active, you can easily just use shift-command-click or change the settings so that it opens in a new tab.  I like control over how links open, and it bugs me when websites force me to use their method of opening links.

1 year, 6 months ago on KD and the Thunder steamroll the Lakers, 116-101

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 @sleeping-giant.tumblr Please, don't do that.  You can just command-click to open in a new tab.  Plus, it allows to you open up things in new tabs without those becoming active immediately, so I can queue up all the links I want to read without leaving the page each time I click something.  If you switch, there's no easy option to force it to open in the current window.  I don't like websites forcing me how to manage my tabs.

1 year, 6 months ago on KD and the Thunder steamroll the Lakers, 116-101

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 @anonymous12345 He also knows that Seattle is desperate for a team and are willing to pay a lot of money for it.  He'll look smart when he gets to sell it for well over market value.

1 year, 6 months ago on Report: Maloofs near deal to sell Kings to Seattle group

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 @Bryson  I hope they get a team so they look like hypocrites.  And then that team stays mired in mediocrity for a generation.  But, I may be a bitter person.... ;)

1 year, 6 months ago on Report: Maloofs near deal to sell Kings to Seattle group

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I don't think we can afford to give him a DNP.  You have to let your bench players get some minutes during the regular season and we just don't have any other real options.  You're risking injury/exhaustion to your starters if you don't.  It's why Nazr got playing time in the regular season last year.  That being said, I'll bet we see plenty of DNP's for Thabeet when the playoffs roll around (like with Nazr).

1 year, 7 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 12.18.12

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It seems everyone else is way more confident than me about us getting Toronto's pick this year.  It's top 3 protected.  Toronto is currently 4th from last, only 1 game ahead of New Orleans and 1.5 games ahead of Cleveland.  The Hornets will get Eric Gordon back soon.  The Cavaliers recently got Irving back.  They may both pass Toronto.  We could still get rescued by the lottery, but a high draft pick is certainly no lock.

 

That being said, it seems that the experts are expecting the 2014 draft class to be very special.  I almost wouldn't mind waiting an extra year to get one of those guys.

1 year, 7 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 12.18.12

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 @SoCal Thunder By not trading him away on draft night.

1 year, 7 months ago on Hornets vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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 @neo12  @lethalizer I get really excited when I imagine Nash attempting to guard Westbrook.

1 year, 7 months ago on Report: Wizards turned down James Harden trade offer

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Lamb makes a great shot off the dribble from midrange.  And then promptly let's his man drive right by him for the layup on the other end.

1 year, 7 months ago on Pacers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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 @Lambchop  Rautins looks good.  Obviously he can shoot, but he's also really working hard defensively.  He's probably good enough to earn a roster spot somewhere.  But I don't think it will be with OKC - too much young depth here.

1 year, 7 months ago on Pacers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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 @Old Man Game  @Lambchop  I don't think they're trying to turn him into a point guard.  Probably being groomed to take over Harden's old role of being the primary ballhandler/facilitator for the bench squad.

1 year, 7 months ago on Pacers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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 @Lambchop  I'm watching the game that's live right now.  In the 2nd quarter.  I'm watching it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7qLIrtTkbg

1 year, 7 months ago on Pacers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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...and now his last 2 shots have each been blocked.  Spoke too soon I guess.

1 year, 7 months ago on Pacers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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Just started watching the Tulsa game, but Lamb looks good.  He had a step-back deep 2, a block, and a 3 in the past few minutes.

1 year, 7 months ago on Pacers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer

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I think that list is missing one big moment.  His 3 pointer that was part of "the 8-0 run" against the Lakers his rookie year.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N7ZwdSCMl8&t=26s

1 year, 8 months ago on Top 10 James Harden moments

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 @Old Man Game  @justin_mia Lakers and Heat both took on a lot of salary this offseason.

1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @Thunderblue And the second video is "LeBron's Title Journey."  Ugh.

1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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LeBron James tweets: "Best of luck to my lil bro/homie @JHarden13 in H-Town! He bout to go HAM in his role now."  LeBron is probably the happiest man in the NBA right now.

1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @alvarex  @Tequila or Failure What does the 15-30 mean?  If the Raptors end up being good this year, we will wait until they suck again (or until 2018)?

1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @PNT Not unless there's a better center available.  Perk is all we have at center right now.

1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @Jooseppi Dwight Howard

1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @Jooseppi  @SergeIblocka  I'm not sure why you think we defended LeBron so well.

LeBron's regular season: 27pts, 8rbs, 6asts

LeBron's NBA finals: 28pts, 7rbs, 7.4asts

After you take into account the fact that he played more minutes/game in the finals vs the regular season, you will find that the stats are roughly similar.  So the Thunder did a very average job against him.

2 years ago on Scott Brooks and the Thunder agree to a 4-year extension

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 @MisterJohnsonOKC  @Lost Ones  @tydude No, four years ago in the last olympics Spain took our A team down to the wire.

2 years ago on Friday Bolts - 6.29.12

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 @tydude With Bosh, Howard, Bynum, and Aldridge all not playing, it may be tough for team USA to deal with Spain's frontcourt of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Ibaka.  It's looking like our frontcourt will be Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin coming off the bench.  Durant/James will probably get a lot of time at the 4 as well.  I can't wait for olympic basketball to start.

2 years ago on Friday Bolts - 6.29.12

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 @Lost Ones I wonder if Ray Allen would be willing to come off the bench for us.  This could potentially be our second unit:

Maynor

Harden

Allen

Collison

Aldrich

2 years ago on What now for the Thunder?

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 @jallenmorris  Yes, Ibaka plays for Spain.  They also have Jose Calderon and Juan Carlos Navarro.  That team is very impressive when healthy.

2 years ago on What now for the Thunder?

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 @itstheMs  I mostly agree with you.  But you also have to consider that he counts against our salary cap if he's playing in the D-league.  If he continues to develop in europe we will have enough money to a sign a player who could contribute right away.  If it becomes clear that Pleiss can't contribute during summer league, I'd like to see him stay in Europe.

2 years ago on What now for the Thunder?

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 @Jooseppi  @Bryson  That pick-and-pop play between Westbrook and Krstic was deadly.  I'd love to see that brought back into the fold.  Krstic was really a perfect complement to Westbrook offensively.  It's been tougher for Westbrook to get a good shot when the defense doesn't have to cover the screener.

2 years ago on What now for the Thunder?

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 @AJBusa Let's also not forget that we had 4th quarter leads in games 3 and 4.  I think Miami proved to be better team, but the margin is much closer than a 4-1 series win would indicate.  If we shot free throws at our regular season percentage we might have won this series.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @Jokazc This group of players just made the NBA finals.  We won game 1, were 1 blown call away from winning game 2, and had 4th quarter leads in games 3 and 4.  We were playing without our backup point guard.  Our opponent shot substantially better than their average from 3 point range.  We shot substantially worse than our average at the free throw line.  This group of players is incredibly young.  They have improved each of the last 4 years.  Why do you think they'll suddenly stop improving?  Did you call for changes after we lost to Dallas in 5 last year as well?  Did you think Miami should have made big changes to their roster after losing in the finals last year?  I know it sucks to see us lose like this, but let's keep some perspective on things here.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @ocsooner I don't like LeBron, the person, but I have a lot of respect for LeBron, the player.  He's an incredible basketball player and always plays with effort and intelligence.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @Skip_Bayless I was about to rage... and then I saw your username.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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Cole scored.  That means we won, right?

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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I know Brooks isn't popular here, but I think we should give him 2 more years.  His teams have improved dramatically each year.  This was his first finals appearance against a great team that had been there before.  He's earned the benefit of the doubt for at least a couple more tries.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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LeBron's averages in the finals: 27.6 points, 7.4 assists, 9.4 rebounds

Incredible performance by him.  He deserves this title.  We'll come back better next year.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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It's been a tough series, but we were one foul call away from potentially winning game 2, and had 4th quarter leads in games 3 and 4.  Unfortunately, the Heat just made all the big shots.  The margins are just too thin in the finals.  But I really think we're better than a 4-1 loss would indicate.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @Arent It's tough to say, but Miami obliterated the Spurs in their only regular season matchup.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @JohnRenault  @JohnVillegas  @Arent He didn't play particularly well against San Antonio either.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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Evan Fournier is the solution to all our problems, right?  Right???

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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Perkins: 19 minutes, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 5 fouls, -13

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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None of these 3s are even touching the rim.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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Is this real life?

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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Our 3 players with the best +/- stats were also the 3 players who played the fewest minutes for us.

 

Collison: +5, 5 mins

Fisher: +2, 7 mins

Sefolosha: -3 6 mins

 

Everyone else was at least a -9 and played at least 14 mins.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @ThunderWins  @AllDae Well, we're getting beat off the dribble every possession.  So we either give them an open layup, or we help and leave a shooter open.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @Legendary_dork The same could be said for games 2, 3, and 4.  Unfortunately Miami just never stopped making shots in those games.  If by some miracle, Miami starts shooting at their regular season percentage again, we could easily win 3 straight games.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @AllDae It's a lot  easier to play defense when you only have to guard 3 of the players on the court.  Perkins/Ibaka/Fisher/Sefolosha have brought nothing to the table offensively, so Miami can double team our big 3 every time without paying for it.  Meanwhile the Thunder have to guard 3 superstars + whichever 2 role players are unconscious from 3.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @docbndgrl9113  @Matt32 Durant was covered and Westbrook had a wide open look.  That's his shot and he needs to be hitting it if we want to have a chance in this game.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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Here's an interesting thought experiment.  If Battier had signed with us instead of the Heat, would we be the team up 3-1 right now?

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @JimboSlice Yeah, it can fall behind if it buffers a lot.  I usually just refresh it during commercials and that keeps it closer.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @JimboSlice What feed are you using?  ESPN3 tends to be pretty close to live.  The unofficial sites generally lag behind a bit.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @PatMatteson To be fair, that probably should have been a no call.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @MostJadedGamer Unfortunately the refs will just call us for an and 1.  So they'll be given 3 points either way.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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 @YoniFromIsrael That's what we were saying in games 2, 3, and 4...

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 5 Pregame Primer

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Chalmers outplaying Harden.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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 @Matt32 My bad.  In my defense the announcers said it was a 20.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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This has been a VERY long 20 second timeout.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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Harden is scared.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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4 minutes away from taking back homecourt advantage.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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YES!!!

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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Let's take the lead right now!

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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We're 6 minutes away from taking back home court advantage.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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If they Thunder outscore the Heat by 5 points over the next 12 minutes, they take back home court advantage.  It's so close.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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 @KellOne As poorly as the Thunder have played, it is still a close game.  All it takes is one hot streak and this series is tied.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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KD gets all ball on Wade = foul.

Perkins gets mauled = good block

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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 @courtsense You can't just take the ball away from LeBron.  But you can try fronting/denying him like the Heat are doing to Durant.  It's at least worth a shot, because the Heat are basically guaranteed to get points when he gets the ball down low.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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Harden finally getting to the rim.  Maybe this will help get him out of his slump.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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 @LPCes99 He'll be back.  Brooks just wanted to wait for the lead to evaporate before making a move...

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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Westbrook is being so aggressive.  I love it.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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Chad Ford came out with an updated mock draft today (8.0).  He now has us taking Evan Fournier (changed from Jeff Taylor) which seems to agree with what we've heard about Presti wanting to stash a euro player.  Here's some analysis I've seen on Fournier:

Chad Ford: "Fournier is the type of player that the Thunder can easily stash for a year or two in Europe. Or, given the high level he has played at in France, he might be able to come in and get minutes for them right away -- especially if the Thunder decide they can't afford to re-sign James Harden this summer."

John Hollinger: "Another first-round prospect from overseas, Evan Fournier of France, didn't play in the Euroleague this year and thus has no projection. Subjectively, I'm not sold on him -- he's basically a slashing scorer who isn't athletic enough to score that way in the NBA -- but he at least has the benefit of being only 19."

2 years, 1 month ago on Notes from shootaround: Did LeBron call Serge Ibaka ‘stupid’?

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We outscored Miami in 3 out of 4 quarters.  But you can't expect to win if you fall behing 18-2.

2 years, 1 month ago on Heat vs. Thunder: Game 2 Pregame Primer

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 @EatSleepThunder And we'd be leading if we made our FT's.

2 years, 1 month ago on Heat vs. Thunder: Game 2 Pregame Primer

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 @ou_sas  @C-Wil I think they don't use the orange because a lot of OU fans would refuse to wear anything orange.

2 years, 1 month ago on Bobcats targeting James Harden for the No. 2 pick?

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 @okcjim I think Kidd-Gilchrist is a nice player, but I wouldn't be thrilled about drafting him.  He's a good defender/rebounder, but is not a good scorer.  He's not a player you can give the ball to and have him get some points.  The Thunder already have only 3 players that are good scorers.  If we trade Harden for him, we would be down to two.  That puts way too much pressure on Westbrook/Durant to be great every night.  We already have plenty of defense/rebounding/effort players on this roster.  To me, he seems like a more athletic Sefolosha without an outside shot.

2 years, 1 month ago on Bobcats targeting James Harden for the No. 2 pick?

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 @MD4Okc Only slightly more relevant than his "Cheeks the cat" deviation.

2 years, 1 month ago on Lights out: OKC closes out Miami in Game 1, 105-94

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 @ThunderStruck2412 People keep bringing up that the Heat struggled against the Pacers and Celtics.  And while that's true, both of those series were played without Bosh.  The Heat team you've been watching the last few weeks is not the team you'll see in the finals.  I really feel like people have started to underrate Miami based on watching them play without one of their big 3.  This series is going to be very tough.

2 years, 1 month ago on Five early thoughts on Thunder-Heat

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 @abusa To be fair, the games where the Heat looked sloppy were all with Bosh out of the lineup.  They've been pretty solid when he's playing.  The team that struggled against Indiana and the first 5 Boston games is not the same team we will see in the finals.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder will play the Heat: Full NBA Finals schedule

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 @d21 True, but maybe if we had homecourt advantage, we hang on to our 9 point 4th quarter lead in game 1.  Maybe we wouldn't have needed to win 2 straight at spurs.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder will play the Heat: Full NBA Finals schedule

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 @MD4Okc The Heat finished the regular season with only one fewer win than us.  Their playoff struggles have also occurred with 1/3 of their big 3 out with injury (imagine us without Harden).  With all 3 players playing big minutes they are 7-1 in the playoffs.  Let's not underestimate this team.  They are much better than what we saw against Indiana and for most of the Boston series.  This series will most likely go 6-7 games and either team could win.  I think we win but this will be a tough series.

2 years, 1 month ago on Celtics vs. Heat Game 7 open thread

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 @Kreese29 I would almost rather see him stay in Europe.  He won't be good enough to take minutes away from Perkins, Ibaka, or Collison.  And I'm guessing Aldrich will be in line to get more minutes next year.  I think it would be better for his development if he was able to keep getting consistent minutes in Europe until we have room.  We just don't have a pressing need for another big man right now.  Maybe we could send him to the D-League, but I feel like the competition in Europe is still better than the D-League.

2 years, 1 month ago on Celtics vs. Heat Game 7 open thread

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 @Kreese29 Where did you hear that?  Does anyone know how he's been performing this season?

2 years, 1 month ago on Celtics vs. Heat Game 7 open thread

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 @Tequila or Failure Honestly, all that matters to me is winning the championship.  I really don't care which opponent provides a better storyline.  A championship is a championship no matter who the opponent is.  We would be favored by much more vs Boston than vs the Heat, so I am rooting for Boston.

2 years, 1 month ago on Celtics vs. Heat Game 7 open thread

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So I came across this Thunder video from earlier this season.  I'm now even more curious to know what Fisher and Brooks were saying to each other.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLc9Rd7AiI4#t=66s

2 years, 1 month ago on Practice Report: With no opponent, OKC working on themselves

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 @bmuelle21 Yep, it's been pretty rough.  The frustrating part is that this roster really has some talented players but we can't get them all on the field at the same time due to injuries.  Ferreira hasn't played in over a year.  Shea has also seemed to drop off the face of the earth.

2 years, 1 month ago on Friday Bolts - 6.8.12

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 @bmuelle21 FC Dallas fan here.

2 years, 1 month ago on Friday Bolts - 6.8.12

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 @thelaughingwiseman  @blueRAP I think blueRAP means that Royce will write 5 different review-like posts over the next week.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Thunder advance to the 2012 NBA Finals

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 @Old Man Game Ford mentioned in his article that he is undervalued by many teams because he is a senior.  He probably also doesn't have the star potential that many other teams are looking for with their 1st round picks.  I really hope he falls to us because he looks NBA ready right now.

2 years, 1 month ago on 3-on-3: Script flipped

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Have any of you guys seen Chad Ford's latest mock draft (v6.0)?  He has us taking Jeff Taylor from Vanderbilt.  Seems like a good pick to me.  Looks like a great defender who can knock down his open shots.  Reminds me a lot of K. Leonard, who I really like.  He could be the true backup SF that we've been looking for.

 

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2012/story/_/id/8009612/nba-mock-draft-version-6

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjAvd_3oiJA

2 years, 1 month ago on 3-on-3: Script flipped

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 @jamisonjohn Not really, it seems like a pretty standard chant to me.  Does the "U-S-A" chant also bother you?

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder miss a big opportunity dropping Game 1 101-98

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 @BRY BRY Last time we tried to play Parker overhelping, he went off for 42 points.

2 years, 2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 5.22.12

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 @AllDae "Duncan just being automatic always." FTFY

2 years, 2 months ago on Practice Report: Perk is back to day-to-day

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 @ILikePancakes Awesome stats.  Where did you find them?

2 years, 2 months ago on Practice Report: Perk is back to day-to-day

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 @cemitten Just discovered my fail post.  I'm not a clever man. lol.

2 years, 2 months ago on Harden credits the Jeff Green trade to help him ‘get it’

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 @Jooseppi You have to read between the lines.  It's all right there. ;)

2 years, 2 months ago on Harden credits the Jeff Green trade to help him ‘get it’

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 @Legendary_dork  OP will never deliver.  I give up.  He's always up to no good anyway.  Man, I hate that guy.  ;)

2 years, 2 months ago on Harden credits the Jeff Green trade to help him ‘get it’

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 @FREE_COLE I really hope you're right.  Facing the Nuggets in round 2 would be amazing.

2 years, 2 months ago on Harden credits the Jeff Green trade to help him ‘get it’

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 @FREE_COLE I'd love to play the Nuggets too, I just don't think there's any way they beat LA in a game 7 on the road.  So I'm assuming we're going to play LA next round.  In that case, I'd rather face them right after this game (at altitude) than after next game.  It's splitting hairs either way, and I certainly won't be upset to see the Lakers lose. :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Harden credits the Jeff Green trade to help him ‘get it’

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My hope for tonight:

Denver runs up and down the court, tiring out the Lakers.  But in the end the Lakers pull out a close game.  That way the Lakers will still be feeling the effects of playing at altitude in game 1.  Additionally, game 1 in OKC would be MWP's first game back in the lineup so he would likely be rusty/overexcited.

2 years, 2 months ago on Harden credits the Jeff Green trade to help him ‘get it’

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 @Loose Sluggage  @soonerfan237  @Lost Fair point.  I guess it's just still tough for me to get the image of Dallas dominating us last year out of my head.

2 years, 2 months ago on James Harden listed as day to day, re-evaluated Tuesday

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 @Lost Ones I don't think so.  While we are locked into the 2 seed, our first round opponent is still to be decided.  In my opinion, Denver is a MUCH more favorable matchup than Dallas.  Right now Denver is just one game ahead of Dallas in the loss column.  If we beat Denver, we could push them into the 7 seed, making our playoff road a lot easier.

2 years, 2 months ago on James Harden listed as day to day, re-evaluated Tuesday

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