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@senseandsenescence Maybe true. Though the ThunderU model was working pretty well up to that point.
2 years ago on OKC finds the range in OT against Philly, 116-109
@Legendary_Dork Which is why I always held out hope they'd sign me :)
And maybe I'm projecting, but thus far this season has seemed more like a "slog" than the consistently fun, exciting events before now. I thought a lot of what made the Thunder successful was "ThunderU" and how much the players seemed to enjoy each other. As Royce has pointed out, bench celebrations are down in quantity and quality by some 50-80%. It will be interesting to see how that plays out through the season. Of course, now that they've somewhat "made it", stress ensues as opposed to hope. That's a lot of quotation marks.
@Legendary_Dork I don't know, between preseason and when Jackson was in last year and a little this year, it seems like his only strength is longer than average arms. Just doesn't seem to be all that good at basketball.
@senseandsenescence Didn't know that about the roster spots (obviously). Still seems like they will make some kind of pick up.
Haven't been able to watch as many games this year, but while I have seen some good passing from Perk, I feel like the majority of his possessions have left me more with extra heartburn than delight at his decisions. Pretty tough to have someone that inept with the ball when you only get to have 5 players on the floor.
I don't necessarily want the rookies to get meaningful minutes unless they deserve them. Nor do I expect constant domination. Think I just got caught up in the hype. And we have a lot of rookies, so that none of them getting too much playing time means a pretty small rotation.
I'm not as on top of all this as some regular commenters, but some patterns do seem to be developing:
1. Maynor is struggling to recover from his injury. He seems a step slower (especially on defense) and his shots aren't falling. He also seems a little mentally out of it (maybe he was the closest to Harden or other bench compadres?).
2. Reggie Jackson is not good enough to substitute for a struggling Maynor.
3. Perk, who is fantastic at stifling big centers (thought he did great on Jordan from the Clips), seems to have less value than ever other than this one strength. Which considering the other faults of this team, may not be a big enough strength.
4. Thunder must be planning a decent sized move considering the 66ers move and the fact they only have 12 players.
5. The times the Rookies have been on the floor has been pretty unimpressive which is really disappointing (especially PJIII).
6. They have gotten no better at end-of-game plays and that is infuriating. Brooks lack of imagination or willingness to experiment is frustrating. Sixers could not stop Westbrook from getting in the lane, so Brooks has him throw the ball in to Durant, who in addition to not being able to bench 185lbs, can't get away from a defender in these types of situations. Yes, he's the best scorer in the league and can shoot some cold-blooded shots, but how many times do we have to see him unable to get free before Brooks tries some other in-bounds play?
7. Hasheem has looked like a "Thunder system" positive product thus far.
8. The Bench looks "hurrible" when Martin's shot isn't following, other than Collison going off, there seems to be no back up plan.
9. Other than KD and Russ playing a ton when it's a close game.
10. Byron Mullens ends up being the big goofy looking white guy we should have kept for our bench. (JK...I think).
Play certainly seems to have taken a "step" backwards. Which is not something Thunder fans are used to as the feeling has generally been nothing but happiness in relation to a meteoric rise.
In conclusion, Al Jefferson by 2013!
2 years, 1 month ago on Friday Bolts - 11.16.12
Totally agree about the crowds. I'm in CO and poor so I won't be helping the cause, but so far I've been able to watch each game and their seems to be a notable increase in empty seats in the lower seating area. I don't remember ever seeing too many empty seats. Is this because of natural gas prices or what's going on? It also doesn't come across as pandemonium through the TV like it used to. And people coming back way late after halftime! #crowdpolice
Maybe the question Royce asked about the teams energy applies to fan support as well. The overall aura around the team has been a little negative/apathetic thus far.
2 years, 1 month ago on OKC rolls the Raptors, 108-88
I continue to think they will sign Harden and he will agree for less than Max to help the team out. This reaction sent to ESPN is probably just annoyance at Perkins' comments. I continue to think this way if only because I need to believe the Thunder are more than just a regular group of NBA players. For my oversensitive self, it would be a mild bummer to find out otherwise.
2 years, 3 months ago on Friday Bolts – 9.14.12
I like this list when thinking about what clubs can afford in relation to luxury tax (rather than pure market size comparisons):
It would seem the value of the clubs and its operating revenue would be more important.
2 years, 3 months ago on Luxury tax history and how it applies to the Thunder
I'm not really sure PJIII could handle this situation better than he has. So far I have loved every single thing he has said.
2 years, 5 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 7.17.12
Casual observations in the voice of that brilliant analyst, Charles Barkley:
Defensive rotations were turrible.
Having Durant guard Chalmers was turrible.
Having James guard James was turrible.
Having Perk try to jump was turrible.
Having Derek Fisher in the game that often was turrible.
Having Harden freak out a little was turrible.
Substitution patterns and match-ups were in general turrible.
How I feel today? Turrible.
Watch out for those smoothies Royce! Some of those things are turrible for you.
2 years, 6 months ago on Friday Bolts – 6.22.12