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@ScottsSounds Was just about to say that. All veteran FA with 3 or fewer years experience can be made restricted FA with a simple qualifying offer.
2 weeks ago on Thunder vs 76ers: Pregame Primer
@Old Man Game @DanielLawler Well strictly speaking he was part of the Lazar trade so what can you really expect...
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Thunder skid hits 6 games as OKC falls to Golden State
@Old Man Game @senseandsenescence @d_m_free Sure, but I'm not sure the odds change that much. I agree with you, just not convinced it would have mattered. They probably don't airball it. Though I wouldn't count out Lamb doing so.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Thunder vs Warriors: Pregame Primer
@Old Man Game @d_m_free Yeah. I would have been down with one of Lance and Robes as the trigger man and then for offensive rebounding since Serge would likely be spotting up for 3. Hard to argue though since Collison had only hit one shot (and missed both his free throws) and lamb hadn't hit a single shot that wasn't a free throw. Only other option would have been Telfair. That doesn't comfort me much.
@Old Man Game @d_m_free I know. Early in the year I was wondering why Collison wasn't taking the technicals when no one could hit them. Now I know. Perk I normally expect to make 1 of 2, but he's had a few 2 of 2s lately so he was just regressing to the mean.
@d_m_free I'm going to blame this one on offensive goaltending for a change. We always come up with some way to bungle it.
@OKC035 @_justin No he airballed it.
@OKC035 Scotty was trolling the Spurs lovers around here.
@Old Man Game There was a point where he kept getting in the lane and then throwing something at the rim. I didn't really like it, but honestly Perk, Adams, and Morrow were the only others making shots and I think Morrow was the only one of those three in at the time.
@ThunderChick2010 Started typing something and then accidentally closed the tab, which is fine since it was pretty dark. Only hope I have is that this is the Winter that has been coming. Luckily Spring is here in 2-4 weeks. If only the actual weather worked on that time table.
@RugbyLeagueFan @senseandsenescence Pretty much. His game takes advantage of the hole in the midrange that most teams are willing to give up defensively. Most nights he's not going to shoot that well.
@RugbyLeagueFan Speights had a game like that against us when he played for Cleveland. Him and Isaiah Thomas just really love playing the Thunder.
@Jabb0310 @harmlesslyfatal [[PJ3 4 MVP]] @DanielLawler @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] unfortunately the warriors had a surprising number of airballs tonight so I'm not sure we would have even been within eight. Scotty is the master of keeping hope alive before ultimately the players just don't score enough. new rules wouldn't change that.
@Ya Mudda @d21 current 8th seed is on pace for 52 or 53 wins. 50 is a fair guess.
@DanielLawler We can't afford to play him and still tank.
@McPuffin [nthf] @senseandsenescence Technically that's not small though it does give more spacing. Start that and go 3 bigs off the bench. #whynot
1 month ago on Thunder collapse in Utah, 98-81
@_justin @senseandsenescence @Mr Unreliable I'm not optimistic that small ball would work with the current roster and it really could get ugly fast, but at this point I'm open to trying it. I thought the defense would be good enough and for the most part it has been, but the offense is just unbelievably bad. I really don't understand how there are teams that are worse.
Also I think tempo is an issue. It is fine to control the tempo and keep it low if you are good, but typically low tempo combined with low talent leads to losses. It is conventional wisdom to slow it down with low talent, but I thought I read somewhere that higher tempo is actually better.
@Mr Unreliable Not all races are about speed. Some are about survival.
Can anyone come up with a small ball approach that doesn't involve playing Ish and Telfair together? I was semi-serious about the start Ish faction. I'd rather see us try a race to 100 rather than a race to 85 for a few games.
@Sustainable Parameters @senseandsenescence I know. It's sad that people think he is better than Telfair. Wish neither were on the team.
Anyone want to join the start ISH faction?
@Jooseppi @ Luke And slick behind the back passes.
1 month, 1 week ago on Thunder vs Celtics: Pregame Primer
@ Luke I'm pretty sure he can't miss. Should be 100%.
@El Prez Prez its all about technical FTs. We haven't lost yet when the opponent doesn't make one and we haven't won when they do. How does your TSN model weigh techs?
1 month, 1 week ago on Bucks suffocate the powerless Thunder, 85-78
@OKC035 There isn't an easy way that I'm aware of, but searching the play by play gives 4-8 counting tonight. Opponents are 9-10. The only games we have won have been games where the opponent did not score a technical free throw against us (nugs only opponent not to attempt one and Casspi missed the only one for the Kings).
By game: 0-0, 0-2, 0-1, 1-1, 0-0, 0-0, 2-2, 1-2
opp: 1-1, 2-2, 0-0, 2-2, 2-2, 1-1, 0-1, 1-1
@SeinfeldOKC [Kobe faction] Citation was amazing, but I'm not sure he knew anything about basketball.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91
@King of Carrot Flowers the third It's not hard to sign up and yes it is free. I think it is actually called all access or something like that.. Anyways, I think whether Perk starts is now about Adams more than Perk. Perk has shown that his level of offensive performance is slightly better against second stringers and his rebounding is better without Durant and Westbrook stealing boards off him. I think the only way he returns to the starting lineup is if Adams is consistently not good enough defensively against quality starting big men.
@King of Carrot Flowers the third If you have an NBA insider account, you can watch the game for free on league pass.
@King of Carrot Flowers the third He was in position for more rebounds but they kept bouncing off his hands or getting tipped by a Nugget. He probably could have had 4 more if he was stronger in securing the ball.
@Dominator @senseandsenescence This isn't true, but it is a popular narrative.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90
@Dominator LOL at #2. The guy already knows how to coach and has out-coached top coaches in the playoffs before. Just because the team is playing in a more popular way now doesn't mean he is suddenly learning to coach. Also I think Durant still makes the All star team. I mean Kobe could retire mid-season and he might still get voted in, and Durant is getting close to that level of popularity.
@Durantacula @OBoy (LaFamilia) @senseandsenescence @YoniK That seems much more reasonable.
@Durantacula @YoniK Where did you hear that because I don't believe it is true. It is a league decision so obviously they don't just approve it if guys are going to be coming back soon, but I'm not aware of any rule that requires 4 weeks.
Game threads are the place for crazy talk, but let's talk facts. Last year no team failed to win 3 games by the end of November and the worst 8 teams (selection criteria: the ones that failed to win 30 games) averaged 5.5 wins over the first 16.5 games (i.e. through the end of November). Win percentage by month was .331, .353, .248, .340, .216, .250 for those 8 teams. Even the very worst teams tend to get some unexpected wins in November and December before giving up in the new year.
Even if KD, Westbrook, and everyone else with longish term injuries is out through the end of December we can expect to stumble into something like a 10-20 or 12-18 record. That would be close to the worse case scenario too because even the Bucks were 7-24 last year by the end of December.
@Jooseppi You have to be more clear on what your faction represents, i.e. fire, hire, kill, start using, stop using, go DO over MD or vice versa, witch doctor, etc.
@mattchant @bmuelle23 Starring William Simmons. He could edit that together in a couple hours tonight with archive footage and BS Report clips.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Pregame Primer
@FrankFang under, its wasn't possible even with everyone healthy.
Same as Durant basically. Who knows with Russ.
@_justin @mattchant Trade Reggie for Kevin Martin and picks!
@ThunderGunner @BangBangThunder That means with Morrow, McGary, Durant, and likely Jerrett set to miss more than the first 3 games, the Thunder could seek approval for a 16th man. However, they would not be eligible for the injured player exception like the Lakers with Nash and Pacers with George because none of the injuries are supposed to be season ending. Thus the acquisition of the 16th man would have to come within any remaining exceptions such as the minimum exception which allows you to sign anyone to a minimum contract, the biannual exception which I don't think the Thunder have used recently, or whatever of the midlevel was not used on Morrow.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2014-15 Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence
An NBA team can have a maximum of 15 players on its roster during a season (and up to 20 during the offseason). A team normally may have 12 or 13 players on its active roster, who are eligible to play in games, and can have as few as 11 for up to two weeks at a time. Any remaining players must be on the team's Inactive List, and are ineligible to play in games. Teams temporarily can have four players on their Inactive List (bringing their roster size to 16) with league approval in the event of a hardship. Teams must suit-up at least eight players for every game.
A hardship can be deemed to occur when a team has four players who are sick or injured and have missed at least three games, and will continue to be unable to play.
@L0rv @UselessHuestis Yeah conference imbalance is just going to keep getting worse unless there is a major FA exodus to the East.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court
@Jooseppi @senseandsenescence My mom went to Pitt so I follow them more closely than most college basketball teams and I don't know what to think of Dixon. He almost always has a good team, but never great players. Besides Blair and Adams his biggest NBA successes are Sam Young and Aaron Gray. I don't think he's much more than a defensive coach.
We'll see on the Michigan guys. I just assumed Robinson and Hardaway would do something because of their dads. Not quite nepotism, but there's something safe about a "known" name. Robinson was pretty highly rated out of high school, but I'm not sure on Hardaway (DX doesn't have an RSCI for him). I'm not sure Burke is actually any good. I think he'll max out as a bench scorer somewhere between Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas (hope that's the one that's still playing). Not many guys that small become starters. McGary we'll see but he's been pretty well regarded since high school. As far as I can tell Burke was the only guy that wasn't expected to be NBA caliber out of high school, so I'm not sure he's made the most out of less talented guys as much boosted second tier talent to first tier draft slots. I guess Stauskas could qualify, but who knows how he'll turn out on the Kings.
@Lambaaaaaa @Jooseppi Perk's shooting is undefined. That's not the same as unrefined. His pose is pure class.
@Jooseppi I think its Jamie Dixon. How many Pitt players have become anything in the NBA? We're talking Dejaun Blair and probably Adams, though Adams looked a lot worse at Pitt than he does in the NBA.
@Old Man Game @El Prez @RRRWHOAAAA @RMark50c His control was impressive, but I agree that it is not easily repeatable. Won't take much more than defenders taking a couple steps off him to really shut that down. It was confusing to see him take that one dribble pull up that Thabo was in love with. It went in, but I hope that doesn't become his shot.
2 months ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14
@Old Man Game Doubt it. You would think if he played at all it would be in Witchita.
@cemitten That's the LD faction. There's no need for a merger.
@Barry Amenema Not going to lie, lamb chops are delicious. I would trade Lamb for a few pounds of lamb chops.
@Julius F Wrek But Robes>>>>>>>>>>>>Lamb is more interesting.