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@OKC-Brazil @senseandsenescence Yeah I see that. Still with three guards that can play with KD and Westbrook you would think that first half performance plays some part in determining the rotation.
1 month ago on Durant, and the Thunder, win in DC, 105-103 (OT)
@OKC-Brazil I don't think he scored in the first half, so probably. He did get five assists, but I can't really remember more than a couple.
@TheGlove @Legendary_Dork Couldn't tell because I was behind the bench, but he was limping a bit after that hard fall he took (and continued to look slightly hobbled for the rest of the game).
@Legendary_Dork @Snoop Dion [nthf] Except for that last play in OT, Nene pretty much did what he wanted on all Thunder players.
@TheGlove @senseandsenescence @OKC035 @Tvaddic No I was joking. The loudest the crowd got was either the Pierce 3 or Durant's second free throw in the fourth where if he missed again the crowd got free Chick-fil-a.
@ Luke He is who he is. Every time Waiters or Ibaka got the ball one of the Wizards fans in my section would yell "It's going up" and he would invariably be right.
@OKC035 @Tvaddic They get up for the important things though...like free Chick-fil-a.
@OBoy (LaFamilia) @CP2 No we are not the same.
@ Luke @senseandsenescence @d21 (Men lie.Women lie.Animals lie.Buckets don't) I don't have the time or energy that they have. It is natural entropy. I wish it wasn't so, but it is.
@d21 (Men lie.Women lie.Animals lie.Buckets don't) @senseandsenescence I check in from time to time, but don't really comment anymore. I felt I needed to since I was at the game.
Why no love for the Adams and-1 dunk? That was the first play of the game to get me out of my seat. Did anyone else think it was weird that Serge and Adams were subbing defense/offense at the end? Serge was quiet all night, but still.
@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 months, 3 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 months 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 months 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
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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?
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 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.
3 months, 4 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.
3 months, 4 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!